4-cylinder muscle cars could be the future thanks to government mandates, gas prices


Edmunds is reporting that the Ford Mustang and Chevy Camaro are expected to see four-cylinder engines in the future thanks to a government mandate for better fuel economy and an increase in gas prices.

Both muscle cars are expected to come out with new designs in the next couple of years, with the Mustang celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2014, and an update for the Camaro coming in 2015.

Michael Robinet, Managing Director at IHS Automotive, told Edmunds that four cylinders are definitely going to be a way of life in larger vehicles and sporty vehicles.

“I think the next cycle of muscle cars are definitely going to have to offer a four-cylinder of some sort, if only for the export market. And they will probably be available for the domestic market as well.”

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