The 2011 Mustang already had one large announcement last month about the new 3.7L V6. With the new V6 putting out almost as much horsepower as the current V8 you did not think Ford was going to leave the V8 alone did you? Of course not, the 2011 Mustang GT will receive an all new 5.0L V8 pushing out 412 hp and 390 ft-lb of torque. What was important about that last sentence is simple, the 5.0 is back! This is no old school V8, modern technologies are in full force to help achieve an estimated 17/25 mpg (with the six speed automatic). That 25 mpg rating on the highway is 1 more mpg then the Camaro SS with the six speed automatic. Though slightly down on horsepower to the Camaro SS, the Mustang has a distinct weight advantage.
Some of the new technologies packed into the new 2011 Mustang GT’s 5.0 were recently implemented in the new 3.7L V6 Mustang. Both feature Ti-VCT (twin independent variable camshaft timing) new six speed transmissions (both automatic and manual), and electric power steering. The new 5.0 will receive a large capacity deep sump oil pan. This enables sustained high rpm use and what Ford believes to be a 10,000 mile oil change interval. Handling should be slightly improved with the use of the stiffened rear stabilizer and improved rear lower control arms.
The new 5.0 is a huge step forward for the Mustang GT. The 2010 GT used a 4.6L V8 pushing out a mere 315 hp and 325 ft-lb of torque. The new 5.0 is pushing out a full 97 more hp and 65 more ft-lb of torque. More power with the same if not better gas milage (depending on transmission choice) is quite impressive. Both the automatic and manual transmissions are six speeds. The manual is estimated to achieve 16/24 mpg which is the same milage as the 4.6L. The automatic, as stated earlier, is estimated to provide 17/25 mpg which is 2 more mpg on the highway then the 4.6L. The speedometer has been increased to 160 mpg while the redline has been moved up from 6,500 rpm to 7,000 rpm.
The new 5.0 V8 engine is not the only new thing for the 2011 GT. New colors offered include Yellow Blaze Tri-Coat, Race Red, and Ingot Silver. Also the fenders adorn a 5.0 badge heralding the return of the 5.0 V8 engine. For enthusiasts a Brembo brake package with 14 inch rotors and larger calipers will be offered from the Shelby GT500 Mustang. Finishing off this package will be 19 inch wheels with summer performance tires. New convenience content is also on the 2011 Mustang including standard message center, integrated blind spot, MyKey programmable key, illuminated visors, universal garage door opener, and sun visor storage.
This overview provided to the press sums up the changes to the 2011 Mustang GT quite well. “This powertrain honors Mustang’s heritage by raising the bar on performance while increasing fuel economy,” said Barb Samardzich, vice president, Powertrain Development. The bottom line is simple, with the new V6 and V8 engines for 2011, the Mustang is closing the competitive gap left by the new Camaro. The next step is that solid rear axle.