Ford to put out some upgrades:
Ford updated the Mustang for the 2010 model year, but largely ignored the car’s engine bay. However, that will likely change for the 2011 model year, with details of the Mustang’s new powertrains hitting the Web on Wednesday.
The base Mustang will be powered by Ford’s 3.7L V6 for the 2011 model year. Although that engine produces 273 horsepower in Lincoln applications, power will be ramped up to 315 horsepower for the Mustang, according to The Mustang Source. That represents a significant increase of 105 horsepower over the current V6-powered Mustang and an 11 horsepower advantage of the Chevrolet Camaro V6.
A 400 horsepower 5.0L V8 motor will also be joining the Mustang lineup for 2011. Dubbed ‘Coyote’, the new mill will be used in the Mustang GT model and will be available with a six-speed manual transmission – something the Camaro has offered since 1993.
Combined with Ford’s latest track pack, the 2011 Mustang GT reportedly lapped Michigan’s GingerMan Raceway dead-even with the current BMW M3 — despite a 200 pound weight disadvantage.
Because Ford’s 365 horsepower EcoBoost motor would leave little to differentiate the V6 Mustang from the 400 horsepower V8 model, there are no current plans to use the turbocharged engine in the Mustang in the immediate future. However, the Mustang GT will likely see a power boost in the coming years, possibly opening the door for a turbocharged Mustang.
It’s all speculation at this point, but these are some intresting numbers. I, for one, would be pretty pissed off if I just bought a 2010 GT to find out that the new V6 will have the same HP (though I’m sure much less torque) as the current 4.6 V8.
Time will tell if the 5.0L will truly make a “return” to the Mustang. It’s a 5.0 in name only, not sharing any commonalities with the old school 302’s. However, Ford would be stupid not to put the big, tacky, 5.0 badge on the front fenders. That shit will sell cars right there. Hell, I might get some 5.0 badges for the sides of my Altima.
One other thing though. I do shutter at the thought of spoiled and stupid 16 year old girls trolling the streets with a 300+hp V6 Mustang, that daddy bought, which weighs quite a bit more than my car. Can you say: Stupid Spoiled Whore wrap your car around a tree playset?
Also, one thing they neglect to point out is that the new V6 (possibly even the new V8) will most likely require premium fuel (something neither out going engine does). Not the end of the world by any means, but enough to scare away some V6 shoppers for sure.