The Bottom Line
- Improved performance producing 305 hp and 31 mpg highway
- Dual exhaust is standard equipment
- Improved handling and ride thanks to a stiffer suspension
- Wide variety of options including 3:31 ratio axle, 19-inch wheels, GT suspension, and strut brace
- Center console cup holders are still very close to the shifter
- The back seat is still cramped, but hey, it’s a Mustang after all
- With this kind of power and performance, some folks might buy this over my beloved GT model
- Base Mustang V6 Coupe MSRP: $22,145 (+ $850 destination & delivery)
- Engine: 3.7L DOHC Ti-VCT V6, 305 hp @ 6,500 rpm, 280 ft.-lb. torque @ 4,250 rpm, Redline @ 6,850 rpm, hard limit 7,000 rpm
- Six-speed manual transmission or six-speed automatic transmission
- New standard limited-slip differential and revised suspension for road-carving driving dynamics and handling
- Standard Tires Manual: P225/60R17 A/S BFGoodrich Radial T/A, Standard Tires Automatic: P215/65R17 A/S Michelin Energy Saver
Guide Review - First Drive: 2011 V6 Ford Mustang
Out on the road I could immediately tell the difference between this car and the 2010 model. Body roll was significantly reduced. Much credit goes to the Ford engineers who adjusted the vehicle’s front/rear lift balance. Ford says, “This creates a car that tracks more securely and feels more ‘planted’ to the road surface at higher speeds, helping to keep the tires in better contact with the pavement.” Then there’s the new Electric Power Assist Steering (EPAS) system which features Drift-Pull Compensation. This technology adjusts the steering to correct for crosswinds and minor road crowning. Its Active Nibble Control feature helps eliminate the “shimmy” felt at high speeds when a wheel is out of balance or a brake rotor is warped. No doubt, it’s the best handling V6 Mustang I’ve ever driven. Heck, this V6 cornered almost as well as a Mustang GT.
Then there are all those extra goodies that come with the new 2011 model. As the owner of both a V6 and V8 Mustang, I know very well which aftermarket mods V6 owners seek out. Enthusiasts, listen up. Keep your wallet in your pocket because the new V6 Mustang already comes equipped with things like a dual exhaust, cold air intake, and spotter mirrors. Best of all, they’re included as standard equipment. You can even opt for optional 19-inch Pirelli PZero Summer tires as well as a 3:31 ratio axle.
Bottom line, the new V6 Mustang won me over. It’s affordable at less than $23,000 MSRP, it’s powerful with more than 300 hp, and it gets great gas mileage with 31 mpg highway. It has decent acceleration out on the road, it handles well, and interior noise has been significantly reduced. The only thing you’ll hear behind the wheel of the new V6 is your radio or the hum of that dual exhaust. If you’re looking for performance on a budget, I recommend the V6 Mustang with manual transmission. If it’s mileage and creature comforts you seek, the V6 with automatic transmission is your best bet.