What is it? For 2011, the entertaining pony car will bring many more horses to market, addressing key spec-chart deficits. The new 3.7-liter V6 engine in the base Mustang produces 305 horsepower (way up from 210 hp), along with 25-percent better fuel economy, according to Ford. This aluminum Duratec engine stacks up well on paper against the 304-hp Camaro V6 and trumps the base Challenger by 50 horsepower.
The all-new engine, codenamed "Coyote," was developed to boost power in the rpm range used most by drivers, while also improving fuel economy. Output is on par with the Camaro SS and Challenger SRT8, though in a lighter car, there is serious performance potential. It will be offered with a choice of six-speed automatic and manual transmissions, with the auto gearbox promising better fuel economy, with an estimated EPA-rated 17 mpg city, 25 mpg highway.
The 2011 Mustang GT has a number of detail upgrades, including MyKey programmable key, universal garage door opener, integrated blind-spot mirrors, and pre-requisite "5.0" fender badges. The brakes are upgraded, with 11.5-inch front and 11.8-inch rear vented discs. Brembo high-performance brakes will be available. The suspension has been revised, with a new rear lower control arm and stiffened rear stabilizer bushings. Not surprisingly, convertible models are structurally fortified to counter the increased twisting force.
When will it be available? Spring 2011.