The Ford Mustang is not typically known for being a tow vehicle, which is why this example equipped with a tow hitch is particularly interesting. However, there’s one key feature that allows this Mustang to tow: a diesel engine.
That’s right, a diesel. Instead of a 2.3-liter turbo four-cylinder or a 5.0-liter NA V8, YouTuber Westen Champlin decided the “Smoke-Stang’s” engine bay should be home to a 5.9-liter Cummins six-cylinder diesel engine. Originally, this engine was good for 230 hp (233 PS / 172 kW) and 440 lb-ft (597 Nm) of torque, but after some extensive modifications, it likely makes a good deal more despite no actual figures being known.
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The result is a wonderfully bizarre creation that is now capable of towing a boat with seemingly no issues. And it manages to do so in style, with the diesel Mustang seen performing burnouts as it pulled the watercraft down the road. Adding to the theater of it all is the sound of the massive turbo spooling up, as well as plumes of smoke billowing out of an exhaust that could only be described as hood-exit – if this car still had a hood.
It’s worth noting that this engine swap was done mostly just because it could be, not necessarily with the goal of turning it into a speed demon. Granted, it likely has an obscene amount of torque if it’s able to pull a boat like it does, but even with the big turbo, it was only able to manage a 13.2-second quarter mile time in a previous video, which is only 0.7 seconds quicker than the four-cylinder EcoBoost Mustang and actually 1.1 seconds slower than the V8 GT.