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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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Nothing to shout about
By Sooticus on 12/1/2009 12:37:09 AM , Rating: 2
I don't get it.
300hp and 17-30 Mpg means that this 2011 sports car is now as powerful and efficient as a 1996 BMW M3
or my 1997 Nissan Station Wagon...

Woo Hoo...

Get with the times Ford. I know they are capable of coming up with something special. The only thing I have against the company is that they continue to keep the US motor industry in the dark ages.

RE: Nothing to shout about
By donxvi on 12/1/2009 8:09:18 AM , Rating: 2
Actually, it looks like the M3 made 240 hp from what I see on wikipedia and got 18/26 based on That is a bit less that the 305 hp and 19/30 we're talking about.

I've got places to go, I won't worry about the 97 Nissan wagon.

RE: Nothing to shout about
By vapore0n on 12/1/2009 8:14:53 AM , Rating: 2
sorry but none of those cars you so praise dont achieve 30mpg with 300hp.

for example

the wagon must be the non turbo version (153hp NA engine) to achieve those numbers

RE: Nothing to shout about
By Sooticus on 12/1/2009 5:04:21 PM , Rating: 2
Ok, the M3 I was wrong about - I appologise.

But I drive the Nissan Wagon (yes it is a turbo version)

I get 15-7.5 L/100Km (15-31 Mpg) city-highway in the 260RS twin turbo - mostly stock with 130000kms on it. It has approximately 230Kw at the fly / 200Kw at the wheels. Unless my calculator is wrong thats 308hp.

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