Look, Ford has to keep up with the times, and now that they want the Mustang to be a global market, that means European times not just ours. Over there where gas is currently selling for just under $8.00/Gal, V8 are not very popular, in fact V6's are not very popular and considered the optional engine choice. So with all that, how could Ford have the Mustang's standard engine be a V-8 or even a V-6 in those countries? I would not be surprised if the Mustang does not come with a standard 4 cyl in-line engine/turbo, with a twin turbo v-6 and V-8 optional. This would also greatly affect those that want a V-8. Since the standard equipment would be a 140-160HP engine (say under 200hp) the standard running gear would not be like it is now. You would have a 7.5" rear end, small 6-speedtrany and other suspension related items, so when you go for the V-8, you will also have to pay for the HD running gear associated with that kind of power. Bottom line is it will cost the average Joe, much more for a V-8 powered Mustang, regardless what they list the base price at.