Sponsored By
An organization or individual has paid for the creation of this work but did not approve or review it.

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

AUTO REVIEW: 2011 Mustang GT to have even more horses under the hood

DETROIT -- The Ford Mustang will get not one, but two new engines next year. Ford Motor Co. announced Monday that it plans to introduce an all-new 5.0-liter, V8 engine for its 2011 Mustang GT in the spring. The V8 engine will deliver 412 horsepow...

DETROIT -- The Ford Mustang will get not one, but two new engines next year.

Ford Motor Co. announced Monday that it plans to introduce an all-new 5.0-liter, V8 engine for its 2011 Mustang GT in the spring. The V8 engine will deliver 412 horsepower and 390 pound-feet of torque -- 87 more horsepower than the outgoing engine.

"This is the right engine for the car," said Bob Fascetti, Ford's director of large gas and diesel engines.

Monday's confirmation follows Ford's announcement in November that it will also provide an all-new 3.7-liter V6 engine with 305 horsepower in the Mustang when it goes on sale in the spring. That engine provides 95 more horsepower than the outgoing model.

Mustang enthusiasts have been clamoring for more powerful engines, and Ford's new V8 engine is expected to give the Mustang GT the horsepower it needs to compete against the Chevrolet Camaro SS and the Dodge Challenger SRT8.

ADVERTISEMENT

The Chevrolet Camaro SS offers a 6.2-liter V8 with 426 horsepower, and the Dodge Challenger SRT8 offers a 6.1-liter V8 engine rated at 425 horsepower.

"The Mustang is a gorgeous vehicle that unfortunately this year ... was down on horsepower versus its competitors," said John Wolkonowicz, senior analyst for IHS Global Insight. "But all that gets fixed next year."

Mustang's shortage of power gave Ford problems in 2009 as the Camaro returned in the spring to the marketplace for the first time since 2002.

The result: Camaro has outsold Mustang for the last six months. In November, 6,887 Camaros were sold compared with just 3,627 Mustangs, according to Autodata Corp.

Ford executives are betting that Camaro's time at the top will be limited.

"When you re-enter the market, there are a lot of brand advocates, and a lot of employees who want to be part of that new model," said Jim Farley, Ford's group vice president of global marketing. "The thing about Mustang is we never left the market."

Although the Camaro and Challenger will still have engines that are slightly more powerful, the Mustang is the lightest of the three pony cars and likely will be faster, Wolkonowicz said.

Ford also boasts that the engine itself is lighter and smaller. At 5.0 liters, the Mustang's new engine delivers about 83 horsepower per liter.

ADVERTISEMENT

"Please compare that to whatever else is out there," Fascetti said.

In addition, Ford said it expects the automatic version of the V8 engine will get 25 mpg on the highway and 17 mpg in the city. That would be 1 mpg better in the city than both of Mustang's main competitors.

"We are absolutely committed to keeping Mustang at the front of the pack," Farley said.

What To Read Next
Josh Sipes was watching an in-flight movie when he became aware the flight crew were asking for help assisting a woman who was experiencing a medical problem.
Nonprofit hospitals are required to provide free or discounted care, also known as charity care; yet eligibility and application requirements vary across hospitals. Could you qualify? We found out.
Crisis pregnancy centers received almost $3 million in taxpayer funds in 2022. Soon, sharing only medically accurate information could be a prerequisite for funding.
The Grand Forks Blue Zones Project, which hopes to make Grand Forks not just a healthier city but a closer community, is hosting an event on Saturday, Jan. 21, at the Empire Arts Center from 3-5 p.m.