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2011 Ford Mustang First Drive

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!

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Video – Inside Line dynos the 2011 Mustang GT 5.0

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2011 Mustang 5.0 dyno (video after the jump)

It really shouldn’t come as a surprise that the 2011 Ford Mustang is serious about two things: power & efficiency.  The folks at Inside Line decided they would just put Ford’s claims at the 2011 Mustang GT producing 412hp & 390 tq to the test.  The dyno video shows a new 5.0 GT strapped in for several pulls on the Dynojet to see just what the true power ratings are after driveline saturation soaks up the promises that would be.  The result?  Ford’s underrated the pony car yet again.

After seven dyno pulls, the testing staff reported the car consistently produced 395hp at 6600 RPM and 365 pound-feet of torque at 4350 RPM.  If you take these figures and realize the parasitic effects of the drivetrain (some 11 to 13 percent loss), the latest Ford Mustang GT with the 5-oh is pumping out somewhere between 438 and 446 horses at the crankshaft.  We’re no math majors by any means, but we do know that 438 or 446 > 412 (the advertised rating by Ford).

This isn’t the first time Ford’s underrated the Mustang’s power output for “good” measure and we suspect it won’t be the last.  What we have here is a serious motion to kick sand in the face of bow tie fans everywhere; and we’re glad it’s back.

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Peak Performance from the 2011 Ford Mustang V6

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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!

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2011 Ford Mustang demand smashes 2010 records

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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.

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2011 Ford Shelby GT500 gets new SVT toys

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2011 Shelby GT500

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.

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2011 Shelby GT500 teaser video

After getting a glimpse of the latest packages and trimmings the 2011 Shelby GT500 Ford Mustang will have, it seems we are now privy to a little more of the story with this teaser video of the car.  The forthcoming 2011 GT500 seems to fit well with the descriptions we’ve heard of thus far; this video helps reaffirm the styling cues mentioned prior.  Sadly, however, the video is back-dropped with music, so we don’t get the real aural bliss we long for–the intoxicating whine of forced induction.  Nonetheless, it’s still a nice clip, so check out more of the next Shelby GT500 via the moving pictures.  It’s the best we have until right after Super Bowl Sunday, when the official reveal is slated (Monday).

2011 Ford Shelby GT500 Mustang order guide released

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2011 Shelby GT500

About a week ago, Ford let slip the pricing on the 2011 Mustang GT as well as the 2011 V6 Mustang, and this week, they’ve taken the shrink wrap off the 2011 Shelby GT500 order guide & pricing docs.  It looks like the 2011 Shelby GT500 hardtop will carry a base price of $49,495, while the ragtop will wear a price of $54,495 on the window; these prices include destination & delivery. The Shelby GT500 order guide continues on to show us what we already expected to see under hood, with the aluminum block 5.4-liter V8 packing the pony car’s punch of 540hp.

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The Shelby GT350 returns to mark its 45th Anniversary

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It was only a matter of time, really. We all knew Shelby & company would be quick to strike and add to the aftermarket collection when the news of the 2011 5.0 Mustang broke loose. Now, the Shelby GT350 has risen from the tide, making a surprising debut at the latest Barrett-Jackson Auction. The announcement and unveiling marks a special note, as we look back 45 years ago to the dawn of the first GT350 as well as the first Shelby big-block Cobra.

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2011 Ford Mustang Pricing Trickles Out

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2011 Ford Mustang GT

That’s right, folks.  The pricing for the new 2011 Ford Mustang V6 and GT models has been released leaked for all to see.  It looks like we’ll take a bite off the golden goose once again, but boy, would it be worth it to have a 400+ horsepower 5.0 in the stable!  The basic 2011 Mustang coupe is slated to have a suggested retail price of $22,995 (destination and delivery inclusive) while the upgrade to the GT trimmings will move the sticker to a starting point of $30,495.  Sounds like a hefty jump when compared to the ’89 GT 5.0 once-owned, which had a window sticker displaying a “lofty” (at those times) $14,000.  Times have certainly changed…

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