By: Andrew Cilio
: 1986 was the best year of a decade for the Ford Mustang, with almost a quarter million units sold. The exterior remained the same except for a high mounted 3rd brake light added to the rear. Ford offered the usual 4 cylinder that produced 88 HP and a V6 rated at 120 horses. For the GT model Ford traded the carbureted 302 for fuel injection, bringing a drop in horsepower from the previous year (from 210 to 200). The GT motor received a long runner aluminum intake and 58mm throttle body. Cast forged pistons brought the compression ratio to 9.2 to 1. The heads were E6SE with fast burning combustion chambers. Unfortunately the heads had trouble breathing, resulting in a restriction of performance above 4,000 RPM. Ford upgraded the axle to a significantly beefier 8.8. 1986 also was the last year of the SVO. The turbo 2.3L delivered 205 HP and was considered well ahead of its time. Unfortunately the price tag made the SVO less desirable to the Mustang enthusiast for the period. 1986 was the final year of the SVO's three year run, due to the popularity of the 5.0L, which gave V8-quality performance at a much lower price than the SVO. During its three year run, from 1984 to 1986, 9,844 SVOs were made.
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