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Ford patent application could hint at V8 power for Mustang hybrid

The hybrid system will work with any longitudinally mounted engine.

An all-wheel-drive Mustang hybrid sounds pretty freakin' righteous.

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While Ford hasn't been shy about its intention of building a hybrid Mustang, the automaker has been as tight-lipped as ever when it comes to specifics. But a patent application may shine some light on what to expect.

AutoGuide today pointed out a newly published patent application from Ford for a "Twin motor drive system for [a] hybrid electric vehicle." (PDF) The system itself isn't wildly revolutionary -- it starts with a longitudinally mounted internal combustion engine powering a vehicle's rear wheels, with a pair of electric motors and reduction gearboxes mounted on the front, effectively granting the vehicle electrified all-wheel drive.

Of course, a V8 isn't mandatory -- it will apparently work with any longitudinally mounted internal combustion engine -- but the fact that the patent application sketches involve a V8 means we might be looking at the hybrid system for the upcoming Mustang hybrid, and perhaps the F-150 hybrid, too.

AutoGuide notes that Ford once promised "V8 power and even more low-end torque" in the Mustang Hybrid, but it's possible that first part of the quote might refer to a literal V8 and not just a pony-for-pony recreation of a V8's output with a smaller motor coupled to the hybrid system. This could be backed up by Ford's own ad, which may have shown a V8 engine as it teased the Mustang hybrid for the first time, but all Ford has said thus far is to stay tuned for future updates.

V8s aren't just important to muscle car aficionados, either. Ford also has a hybrid F-150 on the horizon, and like the Mustang, the pickup also sports a longitudinally mounted gas engine. Thus, this system could potentially end up in both hybrids, which are believed to debut in 2020. The timing seems right, but we won't know for sure until Ford decides to spill some of the beans.

Here's what is believed to be the first teaser for the Mustang Hybrid. It's not much, but it's enough to keep us holding out for more.

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