The 5.0 is back! Ford officially announced that in the spring it plans to introduce the 2011 Mustang GT with an all-new 5.0 liter V-8 engine that will deliver 412 horsepower and 390 lb-ft of torque. That’s 97 more horsepower than the 315 HP 2010 Mustang GT!!
They will also release a brilliant new 3.7L V6 rated at 305 HP, which is just 10 less HP than the outgoing Mustang GT, and up 95 HP from the 2010 V6 model! It’s also 1 more HP than the Camaro V6. Looks like the boxing match is back on for these old rivals.
There are no known plans for Ford’s revered EcoBoost to be featured in the V6 Mustang. The new motor going into the 2011 Mustang GT was designed for the Mustang, but will likely be used in F150 trucks and those that don’t have the new BOSS 6.2L engine. Code-named “Coyote”, this potent new 5.0L engine has 4 valves and TiVCT, or Twin-independent Variable Cam Timing. This provides separate control over the intake and exhaust valves, creating more RPM difference between it’s peak torque and peak horsepower ratings, giving a boost to both.
With the closely positioned cylinders, there isn’t much room to bore these out, and like the 2010 model there will probably be a factory cold-air intake. This may be leaving less for the enthusiast to improve upon, but provides great power right from the factory. It’s hard to complain about that!
The new Mustang GT will also get 25 miles per gallon, which isn’t too bad for such a beast. Ford knows what Mustang customers want, but still provide responsible fuel efficiency. Muscle cars have not only made a comeback, but have increased sales for an otherwise dark year for domestic auto sales, which have hit their lowest level in decades.
The way I see it, Mustangs came out before the Camaro, went retro before the Camaro, and unlike it’s Challenger, Charger, and Camaro competition, have been selling non-stop since 1964. The competition simply faded away, and for good reason. The Ford Mustang wins.