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. ;^)