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First Look: The 2011 V6 Ford Mustang

A Sportier V6 with 305 Horsepower and 30 Miles-per-Gallon

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2011 V6 Ford Mustang

2011 V6 Ford Mustang

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Ford Motor Company has revealed details regarding the company’s new 2011 V6 Ford Mustang. Designed to deliver more power and better fuel economy, the new V6 Mustang will feature a 3.7-liter Duratec 24-valve engine boasting an impressive 305 hp and 280 ft.-lb. of torque. That’s right, more power from a smaller all-aluminum dual-overhead cam block.

New Features

  • 3.7L Duratec Engine producing 305 hp and 280 ft.-lb. of torque
  • Expected best-in-class 30 mpg highway with six-speed automatic transmission
  • Dual Exhaust, Six-speed transmissions, and 10,000 mile oil change intervals
  • Standard integrated spotter mirrors, MyKey programmable vehicle key; and Universal Garage Door Opener
In addition to a serious power upgrade, the EPA rated the 2011 V6 Mustang at 31 mpg highway/19 mpg city when equipped with the all-new six-speed automatic transmission option (6R60). The company says this results in a best-in-class rating for the car. Meanwhile, the all-new six-speed manual transmission model will get 30 mpg highway/19 mpg city.

Derrick Kuzak, group vice president, Global Product Development said, “Mustang is completely transformed with this new engine. Everything people love about the car is still there and now under the hood is a V6 engine that uses premium technology to deliver the power, the feel, the fuel efficiency, even the sound of the best sports coupes in the world.”

The 3.7L Duratec Engine

As for the technology behind the 3.7-liter Duratec engine, Ford says Twin Independent Variable Camshaft Timing (Ti-VCT) adjusts the valvetrain in microseconds. This, in essence, results in a higher output, as the Ti-VCT allows variable control of valve operation across the rev range. Its aluminum construction results in less overall weight which is another added benefit.

“This new V-6 engine really speaks to what Mustang is all about,” said Barb Samardzich, Ford vice president of global powertrain engineering. “It produces power everywhere in the rev range and loves to be pushed hard. The Duratec 3.7-liter builds on our promise to use advanced technology to deliver both power and fuel economy.”

New Features Including a Dual Exhaust

New aerodynamic improvements to the 2011 V6 Mustang include a new front fascia, tire spats on the rear wheels, modified underbody shields, a taller air dam, and an added rear decklid seal. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg. A cold air induction system and dual exhaust give the 3.7 its free-breathing style with a 7,000 rpm redline and quick response to throttle inputs. That’s right, say goodbye to the single exhaust found on older V6 Mustangs. The 2011’s exhaust note was designed to sound mellow at idle, yet powerful when you put your foot down. Worried it will be too loud? Never fear. Ford has added additional lightweight soundproofing measures to help filter unpleasant, high-frequency noises inside the cabin. Ford has also implemented new door seals and a rear wheel arch liner to reduce road noise even further.

Other new features of the 2011 V6 Mustang include 10,000-mile oil change intervals thanks to a die-cast aluminum deep-sump oil pan as well as a refined automatic transmission designed to handle hills better than previous model Mustangs. In “hill mode”, the Mustang will tackle hilly terrain using acceleration, pedal position, vehicle speed, and brake status to automatically determine the correct gear ratio while on an incline or decline. “Hill mode” eliminates sixth gear, extends lower gear operation on uphill climbs, and provides additional grade or engine braking for coast downs.

Buyers will also have the option of a sportier 3.31 rear axle ratio setup which would replace the standard 2.73 rear axle.

“This car marks a new type of Mustang,” said David Pericak, Mustang chief nameplate engineer. “We’re using a high-performance quad-cam V6 with all the bells and whistles in a car that’s become legendary for its handling and road holding; it’s really going to get a lot of new sports coupe fans excited about Mustang, some for the first time ever.”

The 2011 V6 Mustang will also come equipped with new instrument cluster graphics, including a speedometer that reads up to 160 mph and a tachometer that reads to 8,000 rpm as well as a Universal Garage Door Opener. Another 2011 feature is Ford’s MyKey system, which is designed to encourage safer teen driving and safety belt use.

In addition, integrated blind-spot mirrors in the side-view mirror housings will be offered as standard equipment.

Mustang V6 Performance Package

In an effort to promote the sporty nature of this new V6 Mustang, Ford will also offer customers the option of purchasing a high-performance package for their V6 Mustangs. The package, which will become available in August of 2010, includes the following:
  • A 3.31 rear axle ratio for quicker off-the-line acceleration
  • Firmer Mustang GT suspension
  • 19-inch wheels
  • Summer performance tires for improved grip
  • A strut tower brace for increased chassis rigidity
  • Unique electronic stability control calibration with sport mode for performance driving

Pricing and Build Details

The base V6 Mustang will cost you $22,995, while the well equipped V6 Premium will set you back $26,695.

Ford says the 2011 V6 Mustang will be built at the Auto Alliance International Plant in Flat Rock, Mich. The new 3.7L V6 will be built at Ford’s recently retooled Cleveland Engine Plant No. 1.

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Source: Ford Motor Company

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