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Mustang V6  (Source: allfordmustangs.com)
Ford's Mustang V6 finally gets some balls

When it comes to increasing the fuel economy of vehicles to meet more strict CAFE regulations, automakers are looking at a variety of possible scenarios. Many like Toyota and Honda are pushing hybrid powertrains with vehicles like the Prius and Insight. Others, like VW and Audi, are heavily invested in diesel technology.

Ford is no stranger to relatively expensive hybrid powertrains or turbocharging, but it is using an off-the-shelf, normally aspirated V6 to boost fuel economy in its 2011 Mustang. Base Mustangs have long been the laughing stock of the sporty coupe market with drivers limping along with a "whopping" 210 hp (240 lb-ft of torque) from a 4.0-liter V6 engine. That engine is rated at 18 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway with a 5-speed manual transmission (16 mpg/24 mpg with a 5-speed automatic transmission).

Ford's base 2011 Mustang, however, should be able to give a little more dignity to those who choose not to go the GT route. The 2011 Mustang is now powered by a smaller, all-aluminum 3.7-liter V6 which pumps out an impressive 305 hp and 280 lb-ft of torque (at 6500 rpm and 4250 rpm respectively). The new engine is also 40 pounds lighter than the outgoing unit.

For the eco-conscious folks out there, fuel economy is up as well despite the 31 percent improvement in power. This time around, it's the automatic transmission (6-speed) that gets the best fuel economy at 19 mpg city/30 mpg highway. The 6-speed manual transmission is not far behind at 18 mpg city/29 mpg highway.

With the V6 Mustang now within 10 hp of its more expensive GT brother, Ford is expected to announce a new V8 engine for the vehicle that will be rated at around 400/400 (hp/lb-ft).

For comparison, the Mustang V6's arch enemy -- the Camaro V6 -- is rated at 17 mpg city/29 mpg highway. Considering that the new Mustang V6 now offers relatively the same punch as the Camaro V6 while weighing around 400 pounds less means that a whole new round of pony car wars is likely to begin.



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"Coyote" V8
By Chris Peredun on 11/30/2009 9:33:46 AM , Rating: 3
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With the V6 Mustang now within 10 hp of its more expensive GT brother, Ford is expected to announce a new V8 engine for the vehicle that will be rated at around 400/400 (hp/lb-ft).


That would be the "Coyote" V8 - more than just a bump in displacement to 5.0L, the big rumour is that it's going to be DOHC instead of OHV, thus the significant increase in power.

That aside, I'm just pleased to see that Ford finally put that extra cog on the gearbox. I was starting to wonder if all of their engineers had lost a hand and couldn't count to six.




RE: "Coyote" V8
By iFX on 11/30/2009 10:04:39 AM , Rating: 1
The new engine will be OHC - just like all the other Mustang V8s dating back to 1996. This is not a Windsor small block 302, it's a continuation of the Modual V8.

FYI, Ford is the largest producer of OHC V8s on the planet and has been since the early 90s.


RE: "Coyote" V8
By GWD5318 on 11/30/2009 10:15:31 AM , Rating: 2
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...the big rumour is that it's going to be DOHC instead of OHV...


The Mustang has not had a OHV V8 under the hood since they dropped the old 5.0L for the current 4.6L back in 1995 for the 1996 model year. (Special models like the Cobra R excluded, of course)


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