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Top 10 Mustang Moments of 2010

A Year in Review


The Ford Mustang was a newsmaker in 2010. With the return of the Boss Mustang, a more powerful engine lineup, and improved fuel economy, the car was the talk of the town. Read along as we take a look back at Mustang’s top moments of 2010.

10. 2011 V6 Mustang Sets Mileage Record

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In June of 2010, Ford took their new 2011 V6 Mustang out to Bristol Motor Speedway for the Mustang 1,000 Lap Challenge. The 2011 V6 Mustang set a new record by running 1,457 laps at Bristol Motor Speedway while averaging 48.5 mpg. That's 457 laps beyond their intended goal.

9. Camaro Outsells Mustang

2011 Camaro
Photo Courtesy of General Motors

In 2010, the Chevrolet Camaro was the king of pony car sales. At the end of November, Chevrolet had sold 75,685 Camaros, while Ford Motor Co. sold 68,264 Mustangs. Although many touted this as a big loss for Ford, the company appeared to remain optimistic. Bottom line, it was a win for Ford as well. The company sold several thousand more Mustangs than they did in 2009.

8. Jack Roush Survives Air Crash

Jack Roush
Photo Courtesy of ROUSH Performance

Jack Roush is a staple in the Ford Mustang community. In July of 2010, Roush was seriously injured in a plane crash while on his way to the annual AirVenture show in OshKosh, Wis. He eventually recovered from the crash and returned to doing what he does best: making cars fast.

7. The California Special Returns

2011 GT/CS Mustang
Photo by Jonathan P. Lamas

When the new 2010 model Mustang debuted in 2009, the GT C/S (California Special) Mustang was nowhere to be found. In 2010, Ford brought it back as part of the 2011 lineup. The car featured California Special badging, Tri-Bar Pony Badge, 19-inch x 8.5-inch Machined Painted Wheels, and more.

6. Mustang Embraces Facebook

Mustang on Facebook
Photo by Jonathan P. Lamas

In 2010, the Ford Mustang embraced a new medium named Facebook. In June, the Mustang’s Official Facebook page broke the 500,000 fans mark. By year’s end, more than 1.1 million Mustang enthusiasts had become fans of the car.

5. Aluminum Engine for GT500

All-new 5.4L aluminum engine
Photo by Jonathan P. Lamas

The Shelby GT500 Mustang has always been a serious contender. In 2010, the car returned with an all-new 5.4L aluminum engine which is 102 pounds lighter than the previous cast-iron engine and uses Ford-patented plasma-coating technology.

4. Shelby’s GT350 is Back

2011 Shelby GT350 Mustang
Photo Courtesy of Shelby American

The classic Shelby GT350 is one of my favorite Mustangs. As you can imagine, I was all ears when Shelby American announced the return of their first performance Mustang in 2010. The reveal took place at the Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Auction during its Opening Night Gala to honor the 45th anniversary of the first GT350 and first Shelby big block Cobra.

3. Return of the Boss

2012 Boss Mustang
Photo Courtesy of Ford Motor Company

The Shelby GT350 wasn’t the only major return in 2010. Mustang fans everywhere were thrilled to see the return of the iconic Boss Mustang in August. The limited-edition modern day 302 will feature 440 hp and 380 lb.-ft. of torque, a unique quad exhaust system, adjustable shocks and struts, and removable attenuation discs for more rumble. The car debuted at the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion at Laguna Seca.

2. A 300+ Horsepower V6 Mustang

2011 V6 Mustang
Photo Courtesy of Ford Motor Company

A year ago I was complaining that the 2010 V6 Mustang was the same ole car with a different exterior. Well, all that changed this year. Ford revealed a new 2011 V6 that features a 3.7-liter Duratec 24-valve engine boasting an impressive 305 hp and 280 ft.-lb. of torque. Better yet the car gets 31 mpg highway/19 mpg city when equipped with the all-new six-speed automatic transmission. Oh, and it also sports a dual exhaust as standard equipment.

1. The 5.0 Engine Returns

Coyote 5.0L Mustang Engine
Photo Courtesy of Ford Motor Company

Mention the word 5.0 to any Mustang enthusiast, and an image of performance comes to mind. After a long absence, Ford matched a new 5.0L engine to the 2011 GT Mustang. Named “Coyote”, the block produces 412 horsepower and 390 ft.-lb. of torque.

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