Skip to comments.2011 Mustang GT to have even more horses under the hood
Posted on 12/31/2009 5:45:14 AM PST by Red Badger
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.
"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.
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.
"Please compare that to whatever else is out there," Fascetti said.
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Cool! I’ve got a ‘66 ‘stang sitting in the garage with the old 289 in it. Wish I had this kind of horsepower!
Who believes that Government Motors under Chairman Obama will continue to produce muscle cars? Oh Camaro, we hardly knew ye. Ford, you needn’t have worried.
I betcha Al Gore’s son would love it.
Well, so much for the “clunker” campaign
Will it finally get independdnt rear suspension?
I already know that I’m getting old.I sat in a Camaro and
my thought was that back window has blind spots. I’ll have
to live with the memory of my 1970 GTO.
The design of the shell isn’t that outstanding. They really removed the retro nature out of it.
I would say doubtful. That would require major changes to the unibody to place the upper and lower control arms. However, the Explorer IRS system would be a great place to start.
This is an excellent move by Ford and exactly what was needed. Clearly my SRT8 needs a blower. I’ve only got 450 horses and a lot more weight.
I disagree. The styling looks more like the 69-70 which I still say the 70 was the bet looking of them all.
No kidding. I have a 66 tucked away for the winter myself. Mine is famous for its power and handling and has nothing like that.
What kind of mustang do you have?
Why, so it will lose the hop skip starts out of the hole? That's what was so cool about my 65 FB.
I just bought a 2010 R/T Challenger, maybe the last Dodge muscle car if you look at trends. To me, it has the best combination of power, handling, and looks.
Btw, my car is Canadian Muscle, not Detroit. Is it bad that I like that?
Mrs. jimfree for several years has been craving a Mustang convertible. I sent her the article. Thanks!
‘66 coupe 4 speed 289 restored but still needs some work kind of Mustang. ;^)
There is no other kind....................
What does “GT” mean?
Doesn’t need it. The recent improvements in the LA on the Mustang are amazing and they are even better for 2011.
I have a 66 GT 350 Shelby Mustang. I own a small autobody shop and have restored several Mustangs over the years.
70 Boss 302.Is that one yours?
Note that the 2010 GT with only 315 horses is all over the Camaro SS like a cheap suit already...
Or, if you have a fancy driving cap, Gran Turismo.
That applies only to euro weeine metrosexuals.................
Comment on the 2010GT from a recent test:
“Body control with the Track pack is astounding. It doesnt pogo, doesnt shimmy, doesnt slump to the outside and clop its way through a corner. The ride may be firm, but nothing throws it off the slot-like path you cut through turns. And somehow that live axle deals with pitching and pocked pavement with much of the sure-footed poise of an independent setup. A Track-pack Mustang used only at the drag strip is a Mustang wasted.”
The 2011 handles even better:
“As we’ve previously heard, rumor has it that the ‘11 Stang with the new Coyote V8 and Track Pack with Pirelli P Zero Corsa R tires was able to lap GingerMan Raceway in South Haven, Michigan at the same rate as a current BMW M3 fine company indeed. “
I just bought a 2008 Ford Shelby GT500 with 1800 miles on it. I plan on modifying it with Ford Racing Performance Parts that include a short-throw shifter, axle-back exhaust, upper control arm, panhard bar and a supercharger upgrade that will produce 605hp.
The only time I ever looked out the rear window of either car was because of spin-outs in the snow in northern Illinois. And yes, I am also too old for a car like that.
Nope, had a Gran Torino, 351 that thought it was a 390, but it is long gone. Always liked the Mustang but never have owned one.
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Women and children hardest hit.
I’m an inept mechanic at best but I have undertaken some small projects on my car. Next up is brakes. I’m trying to decide between 2 kits. One is the standard front drum replacement with disks and the other is a replacement kit with 4 new drum brakes supposed to increase braking effectiveness about 30% and replacing the single master cylinder with 2 cylinders. It’s pretty much a necessity since I live in the mountains. Can’t decide though. The disks promise better braking ability but it’s apparently more difficult to install. Since I’m not too handy with a wrench it’s a difficult decision.
NONE BETTER! 1970 BOSS 302, be still my heart. Wanna sell it? :)
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A small garage down the street from our house has on their lettersign: We do brake jobs! Stop by...........if you can!....................
It is still a UAW-produced vehicle... so not really much of a "gain".
Still - great choice of car! I really do like those...(or is the term drool over?)
It had crap gears in the auto tranny, and weighed several tons, built like a tank.
It wasn't much out of the hole but it had no top end. At around 130 mph it would start drifting around the highway enough to scare you into letting off, but still had plenty of petal and power left.
I love the old 289.
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One of my greatest joys was being the engineer for the Heritage Motorsports Mustang that won the 2003 ROLEX GTS title. Tommy Riggins built the car for Dave Machavern and also co-drove with Dave in the endurance series. I still have the on-board data showing the carr at 199.6 at the start/finish line qualifyingg for the 2003 Daytona 24.
My first car was a 64 Falcon followed by a litany of Mustangs so I was in heaven.
I need to learn how to post pictures!
Thanks. Everywhere I go, I get a 1/2 hr conversation, plus the head turns on the highway. I got it cherry red with black R/T side stripes.
5.7L (345 ci) V8 with a 3.73 real axle ratio producing 378 hp and a 5.0 0-60, the highest I could get. 20 inch wheels, touch screen sound with 6 Boston Acoustics speakers and a woofer. And all that was already on the car when I went to look. I was looking at all 3 pony cars, the Camaro, Mustang, and Challenger, but for the mid range price, the Challenger blew everything out of the water.