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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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).
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.
In case you’ve been living under a rock for the past oh say, 15 years, you’d sure to realize the Ford Mustang aftermarket is something that continues to sizzle on far beyond the dreams Carroll Shelby and Lee Iacocca ever imagined back in the 1960s. The staggering number of late-model Mustang spin-offs is something that could be seen as awesome, inspiring, or even sometimes comical. It’s quite daunting just how many flavors of the Ford Mustang there are. What’s more, we’ve done our best to draft up a list for you to digest, observe, and most importantly–help continue to add to it where we’ve left out!
Ready for this bitter pill? You better be, because we’re going to take a look at the comments to see if there are any we’ve missed (to date) and then also recruit you to help build the SN95, Fox, Mustang II, and Classic special edition lists. We’ve got the page breaks ready, so let’s hear it!
412 horsepower. 390 ft-lbs of torque. 32 valves. A 7,000rpm redline. All aluminum block & heads. These are a few of our favorite things from the 2010 Detroit Auto Show, and the beauty is, they all come in one potent package. The 2011 Ford Mustang GT comes with the 5.0-liter V8 power plant and tips the dyno just about 15hp shy of the Chevrolet Camaro SS. After seeing the 2011 Mustang V6 shell out over 300 horsepower, we knew Ford had more up their sleeve and quite frankly, we’re glad we were right!
The new 5.0-liter power plant isn’t just some re-stroke. It’s a whole new engine setup. Designed in mind to handle a myriad of tech and marry it with old-school brawn, the latest 5-oh is totally dressed for success. From its TiVCT (variable camshaft timing system) to its stainless steel headers, the 2011 5.0 Mustang is one promising not only power & performance, but also refinement. All this power and torque comes in a package which can achieve up to 25 mpg on the highway. How’s it done? True Ford engineering, newer technological concepts, and some light nudging from a 6-speed (yes, that’s six gears!) transmission. Keep reading to check out more shots and specs…or, if you want to skip the eye candy, feel free to dive right into the official Ford Mustang GT technical specifications.
Mere months ago, Ford debuted the online Ford Mustang customization website, allowing enthusiasts and dreamers alike to tweak out their very own 2010 Mustang with all the options and touches they long for. That’s great and we loved it, but it’s also great to have something hands-on to keep the modding bug at bay. Enter Ford’s latest aftermarket idea: Ford Custom Graphics. So far, Ford has plans for distributing customized graphic packages and trimmings for the entire vehicle lineup, including the Mustang (of course). Aside from the initial promise of offering the various vinyl graphic applications, Ford is also backing the eye candy with the standard warranty covering the vehicle itself for 3 years / 36,000 miles. The announcement of this idea from Ford isn’t exactly watershed, as many aftermarket players are already in this game, but what’s unique about this is Ford is grabbing the aftermarket by the nape of the neck and bringing it closer to the initial marketplace. What’s next for the new model year, Ford? How many more tricks do you have up your sleeve?
The 10th and conclusive installment in the ’10 Unleashed series of the Ford Mustang ends with a total bang! You’d better watch the video and see for yourself just how cool the magical illusion of Vaughn Gittin Jr “driving through” a restrained Steve Wyrick really is. Wyrick’s grandfather owned a 1970 Mustang Mach I, so he wanted to take his granddad’s favored car breed and do something truly awesome and unique with it. The Legend lives on indeed, with Wyrick’s tribute utilizing the 2010 Ford Mustang to wow the Las Vegas crowd. After you check out the video, be sure to check out the rest of the story in the official Press Release from Ford!
This latest installation in the Ford Mustang Unleashed campaign by Ford is a video clip capturing a summary of the nine Unleashed video stories to date & a teaser of sorts for the capstone to come. From an Unexpected Turn of male bonding to a whiplash ride in a Mustang Rally car, this video series has provided the 2010 Ford Mustang a serious marketing punch. Tomorrow (12/14/09), the final video story is set to be exhibited, touted, and proclaimed as the greatest stunt in the series yet. Keep your eyes peeled for “Mustang Spellbinder” and wait for the magic to happen!
One of the easiest people on the Christmas shopping list to shop for (by far!) is the Ford Mustang fan. Why? There’s an incredible aftermarket following, plenty of officially licensed quality goods, and of course an avenue to find great prices. So why not shop at one place for all things Ford Mustang this year and make it easy on yourself? StangWear has a wide variety of goodies ranging from Mustang coats, Mustang hats, Mustang toys, Mustang calendars, to items Mustang fans can put in the kitchen, driveway, and garage! If you don’t slouch and act fast, you can guarantee your order to be delivered by Christmas if it’s placed before December 18th. What are you waiting for–get that Christmas shopping done & over with!