2011 Ford Mustang First Drive

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2011 Ford Mustang First Drive - Image courtesy Drew Phillips

2011 Ford Mustang First Drive - Image courtesy Drew Phillips, AB

The time has come.  The very first of the media magnates have grabbed the reins of the 2011 Ford Mustang coupe & 2011 ford Mustang GT and put them both through the wringer.  The consensus amongst Motor TrendAutoblog, and TheCarConnection seems to paint a very similar picture: Ford has got a winner here.  Let’s face it; the return of the 5.0 in the 2011 Ford Mustang GT is a big deal.  Ford’s golden goose is back to bring miles-o-smiles to many a Mustang enthusiast’s face.  With its 302ci power plant back underhood, the 2011 Mustang GT pumps out (an underrated) 412hp & 390tq which is still less than the latest Camaro SS, but the Ford pony car has the bow tie beast beaten in the weight department…amongst many others.  The latest Mustang GT is a balanced machine of power, precision, and engineering  refinement; a true testament to the quality-focused initiatives Ford is pushing for in these recent times.  Keep reading for a brief capsule of what everyone’s saying; we expect to get our paws on a 2011 Mustang very soon to give you guys a true Mustang Enthusiast’s review!

Equipped with the available 3.73 rear axle ($395), our 5.0 needed just 4.3 seconds to hit 60 and only 12.8 at 110.8 mph to knockout the quarter mile. To answer the million-dollar question: Yes, it’s quicker than both the 426-horsepower Chevy Camaro SS (4.5, 12.9 at 110.7) and the 425-horse Dodge Challenger SRT-8 (4.6, 13.1 at 108.4). It’s also not that far behind the 540-horse supercharged 2010 Shelby GT500, which requires 4.1 and 12.4 at 116.0. In the league of naturally aspirated muscle cars, the new Mustang GT is in a league of its own. –Ron Kiino, Motor Trend

I found myself actually saying, “This engine’s a pot of honey.” Out loud, with another human being in the car. Why would anyone make such a ridiculous statement? Probably because the new motor really is a pot of honey, specifically when you’re in fourth gear at 4,000 rpm and you bury the throttle. Turns out that 4,000 rpm is when peak torque (390 lb-ft) happens and the 5.0-liter V8 pulls like a jet airliner. Outside of the GT500 or a very breathed-upon Roush/Saleen, we’ve never experienced this kind of at-speed acceleration in a Mustang. Very impressive, and more than just impressive, a bit intoxicating. From a standstill, the 5.0 is every bit as superb. We won’t be surprised if and when the 2011 Mustang GT breaks into the high 12s running the quarter-mile with a trap in the 112-mph range. Ford went all “no comment” when asked about performance figures, but again we’ll speculate that 0-60 mph is probably mid-4s, which is quick by any method of accounting.  –Jonny Lieberman, Autoblog

The first time you see—or hear—a new Mustang GT open up the throttle, you’ll understand why we call it badass. Floor it, and the V-8 develops a deep authoritative bellow that turns heads and sounds way better—especially from the outside—than the more resonated sound from the bigger V-8 in the Camaro SS. And it has the capability to pin you back in your seat with almost supercar thrust, no matter what the gear. Or commit seemingly unlimited acts involving smoky burnouts.  –Bengt Halvorson, TheCarConnection

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