2011 Ford Mustang GT
2011 Ford Mustang GT. Click image to enlarge

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Dearborn, Michigan – As you might expect following Ford’s recent announcement of its new, 3.7-Litre, 315-horsepower V6 engine for the 2011 Ford Mustang, a new, more powerful V8 engine would not be far behind.

Indeed, not only is the new V8 engine for the Mustang much more powerful than the outgoing powerplant, but it also marks a return to the storied 5.0-litre Mustang displacement, last seen in 1995 GT models.

2011 Ford Mustang GT
2011 Ford Mustang GT. Click image to enlarge

That engine — a traditional iron-block, overhead valve V8, also referred to as the Windsor 302 — was a favourite with Mustang owners, but this new engine is a thoroughly modern design. Twin-overhead camshafts, four-valves per cylinder, high-flow tubular headers, all aluminum construction, twin independent variable camshaft timing and direct fuel injection combine to make 412-horsepower at 7,000 rpm (estimated) and 390 foot-pounds of torque at 4,250 rpm (estimated) while returning 9.4 L/100km in highway driving (down from 10.2 in the 2010 model) and 13.4 L/100km in the city (equivalent to the 2010 model) when equipped with the six-speed automatic transmission.

Vehicles fitted with he six-speed manual transmission match he 2010 model’s fuel consumption at 9.8/14.7 L/100km, highway/city.

Other modifications to the 2011 Mustang GT include the use of Electric Power Assist Steering (EPAS), 336 millimetre (13.2-inch) front and 300 mm (11.8-inch) rear vented disc brakes, and an enhanced rear suspension that features improved rear lower control arms, and stiffened rear stabilizer bar and bushings.

2011 Ford Mustang GT
2011 Ford Mustang GT. Click image to enlarge

For those who want more handling performance, a Brembo brake package is available that features larger rotors and calipers from the Ford Shelby GT500 Mustang, and unique 19-inch wheels with summer performance tires.

The look of the 2011 Mustang GT is largely carried over from 2010 (the Mustang was revised for 2010), but does add 5.0-litre badges to the fenders and engine cover, with the speedometer increasing its “top” speed, and the tachometer redline advancing from 6,500 to 7,000 rpm.

Three new colours will be offered for 2011: Yellow Blaze Tri-Coat, Race Red and Ingot Silver.

The 2011 Mustang GT Convertible models will feature enhanced structural rigidity, with lateral stiffness improved by 12-percent over the 2010 version.

2011 Ford Mustang GT
2011 Ford Mustang GT
2011 Ford Mustang GT. Click image to enlarge

In comparison with the 2010 model, the Mustang GT’s 31-percent increase in horsepower and 20-percent increase in torque makes is much more competitive with the Dodge Challenger and Chevrolet Camaro. Its weight advantage over the Camaro and Challenger is also maintained, as the 2011 Mustang GT increases in weight by only approximately 31 kilograms (69 pounds) to 1637.7 kg (3603 lbs) for the manual transmission model.

Ford has also announced the availability of 50 BOSS 302R track-ready race versions of the new Mustang GT. Described as a “serialized off-road-only vehicle ready to race,” the BOSS 302R is equipped with the 5.0L engine, six-speed manual transmission, roll cage, race seats, safety harness, data acquisition, race dampers/springs and a Brembo brake and tire package. This car can also be ordered with a Grand-Am Homologation package (M-FR500-BOSS R1), enabling it to compete in the Grand-Am Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge series (formerly known as KONI Challenge).

For the more typical Mustang consumer, the 2011 Mustang GT will be available in late-spring, early-summer 2010. The new engine will be built at the Essex Engine plant, in Windsor, Ontario.

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