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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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well done ford
By rika13 on 11/30/2009 11:35:49 AM , Rating: 3
while Government Motors is worrying about existing, Ford is kicking their asses

btw, i think the ultimate safety feature would be a shotgun mounted in the steering wheel that blows your head off if you so much as change lanes without signaling or roll a stop sign

RE: well done ford
By Jeffk464 on 11/30/2009 11:59:57 AM , Rating: 2
uhm, I wouldn't say the mustang kicks the ass of the camaro yet. Ford still needs to get rid of the solid rear axle.

RE: well done ford
By 67STANG on 11/30/2009 12:36:21 PM , Rating: 3
Why get rid of the SRA when it outhandles the Camaro's and Challenger's IRS?

They experimented with IRS in 03 and 04 on the Cobras. Mustang owners took off the IRS and replaced it with SRA's.

RE: well done ford
By Manch on 11/30/2009 12:37:02 PM , Rating: 2
The IRS vs solid axle arguement has already been proven BS. Ford was able to make the car handle extremely well and some mags say it handles better than the Camaro. Plus for the core buyers, the solid axle is better. Drag racers knows a solid axle is the way to go. They're cheap durable and light compared to an IRS.

RE: well done ford
By Brandon Hill on 11/30/2009 12:38:14 PM , Rating: 2
I think that part of the reason why the Mustang handles better than the Camaro is because the latter is a fat pig of a car :)

But that is to be expected when the vehicle is based on a sedan platform.

RE: well done ford
By theapparition on 11/30/2009 1:20:52 PM , Rating: 2
Yep, can't engineer around an extra 400lbs of mass.

Even so, the Camaro V6 is only 2mpg/1mpg worst in fuel economy compared to the Mustang.

RE: well done ford
By Jeffk464 on 11/30/2009 2:44:14 PM , Rating: 2
I'm pretty sure Ford already had a 400lbs advantage over the Camaro. The 400lbs drop in engine weight should give the Mustang a nice performance and mileage edge.

RE: well done ford
By theapparition on 12/1/2009 7:52:40 AM , Rating: 2
Wow did you misread the article. Engine only dropped 40lbs, primarily due to it's all aluminum construction.

It's still only 400lbs less, not 800lbs.

RE: well done ford
By chrnochime on 11/30/2009 1:23:19 PM , Rating: 2
IIRC They dropped the SRA back in because the IRS breaks so easily from all the power boost and hard launches, due largely in part to the rubber used in differential mounts, control arms and subframe mount. I guess it's easier to just swap the whole thing out instead of addressing the shortcomings.

Have a look at this:

RE: well done ford
By The0ne on 11/30/2009 12:02:51 PM , Rating: 2
Add crossing between fast/carpool lanes to it as well. Fcking CA drivers are a-holes on this. If anything it has double, continuous yellow lines until the proper merge spot. That means you can't go in and out at will!!!

For some reason this gets me piss like no other and I relish the though of just speeding up to their side as they begin to cross over. Yea, I take the hit but at least I can control my car. The other driver...I hope they slide and die. Yes, my thoughts are evil at times :D I'll even stop by the crash, tell them they're a dumbass, laugh whole-heartily and drive away. If they ask for help, DON'T...because you know you can get sue for now knowing how to handle the situation :P

RE: well done ford
By The0ne on 11/30/2009 12:25:30 PM , Rating: 2
urgh, need new glasses...spelling mistakes galore in my posts. :/

RE: well done ford
By Jeffk464 on 11/30/2009 12:05:51 PM , Rating: 2
I'm the biggest GM sceptic on the planet but have been pretty impressed with their new products. Look up some info on the new buick regal, it looks like another outstanding product from GM. I can't believe GM has 4 cars that are tempting me to give up my Toyota Tacoma prerunner. It looks to me like GM saw the writing on the wall and really hit the drawing board but was to late to hold off bankrupcy.


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