Mere weeks after the wrapping was removed from the 2011 Ford Mustang GT, media moguls everywhere got some good seat time in, putting the latest Ford pony car through the paces. The gents at Motor Trend were some of the first to officially chronicle a sanctioned test between three of the major competitors in the pony car wars. The 2011 models tested were the 5.0-liter Ford Mustang, the Chevrolet Camaro SS, and the Dodge Challenger SRT-8. They were stacked head to head and rigorously tested on the track as well as the open road. In the video after the jump, Motor Trend quickly notes that the new 5.0 Mustang is by far the closest thing to a true modern day muscle car; something powerful, agile, and surprisingly comfortable to drive.
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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 Trend, Autoblog, 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!
It looks like the Ford crew is once again set to put their chips on the table and walk the talk very soon. We’ve seen and heard full well the power, refinement, and efficiency standards the 2011 Ford Mustang has brought about; on June 23rd, the V6-equipped Mustang will be put through the paces at Bristol Motor Speedway (Tennessee) and take part in a 1000-lap challenge. Big deal, right? Well, it just might be–the 2011 Mustang V6 will be placed on the track for the lap count trial, but will only receive one tank of fuel. So, on a half-mile track, this means the new fuel-sipping pony car by Ford will have to achieve over 500 miles on a single fueling.
Ford has set up a contest (www.Mustang1000LapChallenge.com) to help promote the excitement behind the event and allow for contestants to guess just how many laps they believe the Mustang V6 will go before running dry. For the lucky ducks that guess the lap count spot-on, Ford will then randomly select one person who will take home their very own 2011 Ford Mustang V6. Not bad at all!
A triumphant trio of Ford Divisions (Motorcraft, Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center, and FordParts.com) have been working on something sweet. Something to really sink your teeth into. Something to get everyone even more excited about the return of the 5.0 in the 2011 Ford Mustang GT. In case you’ve been under a rock, the 5.0 of tomorrow is a tweaked-out V8 pumping out 412 hp & 390 ft-lb of twisty torque; plenty to bring smiles about, especially since the car is also able to achieve a class-leading highway fuel economy rating of 25mpg.
So what’s going on? What does Ford have in store for 0ne lucky fan? Keep reading to find out!
First things first. It’s not a Ford Mustang, so why’s it on StangNet? Because it’s still pretty cool and it’s a new Ford taking upon a reputable nameplate. The next iteration of the Ford Police Interceptor won’t be powered by the 3.7-liter V6 slated for the 2011 Ford Mustang, but it will provide the boys in blue a choice of two power plants to suit the needs of their patrol. First off, there’s a super-efficient 3.5-liter V6 engine, producing a minimum of 263 horsepower, can run on E85 fuel, and is over 25% more efficient than the 4.6-liter SOHC V8 currently in the Crown Victoria Police Interceptor. Option 2 is one more to our liking; it’s the twin-turbocharged, direct-injected 3.5-liter EcoBoost™ V6 which boasts an impressive 365 horsepower & 350 ft-lb of torque across a wide engine speed range.
Great. What’s this mean to Mustang enthusiasts? Watch your rear view mirrors closely…upcoming Ford cars adorned with blue & cherry strobes will have a much easier time reeling you in for a traffic stop.
Know what’s pretty awesome to have in a Ford Mustang? 300 horses under the hood to thrash the track or terrorize the street. Know what’s even cooler than that? Having the ability to get a record-breaking 30+ miles to the gallon while doing so. That’s right, everyone, the 2011 Ford Mustang equipped with the V6 is the first car ever to achieve a HP rating over 300 with an efficiency of over 30mpg. Impressive indeed. That’s 300hp in a V6–the same rating as the 1st-gen S197 Ford Mustang GT that was equipped with a 3v 4.6-liter power plant. Talk about a shot to the predecessor’s glory of the almighty V8!
It’s crazy to be thinking about 2011 with so much focus & intensity, but if it’s anything the Ford Mustang legend tells, it’s to always be ahead of the curve and the rest of the herd. For the next go ’round, the 2011 Mustang is already ramping up to set new records in the sales category. In its first month of order processing, Ford has seen over 11,000 orders funneling in–that’s 3 times as many orders as the 2010 Mustang had at its launch. What’s even more staggering is that the core Mustang value is what is continuing to keep the brand strong: 50% of the 2011 Mustang orders to date are for the V6 model! And rightly so–what’s not to like about a high-revving sixer packing over 300 horsepower? Putting it in perspective, the 2011 Mustang coupe packs about the same punch as the initial S197 Ford Mustang GT did. That’s impressive.
Today, the Ford cast & crew officially unveiled the 2011 Shelby GT500 in all its detailed glory. This time around, however, the latest GT500 has a few more niceties included and some even sweeter options to choose from. For 2011, the GT500 gets the aluminum block, supercharged 5.4-liter V8 power plant and starts just under $49,500, delivered. So aside from this standard hoofbeat, the 2011 GT500 also gets the chance for a SVT Performance Package to be applied to raise the performance bar even higher. We’ve teased about what this package includes…so what’s it got to ante up? How much bang for the buck has Ford packed into this latest Mustang offering? Keep reading to find out.
StangNet.com continues to present Ford Mustang owners with technical documentation with the enclosed listing of all technical service bulletins (TSBs) covering the years from 1996 through 2004. Be sure the computer you are using has the Adobe Reader software installed so you can view each of the documents listed on the full page.