Ford's new 2011 5.0-liter V8 Mustang will deliver 412hp and produce 83hp per liter, Ford marketing boss Jim Farley said last week. This information was supposed to only be released on Dec. 28 but reports had leaked.
The 5.0-liter Mustang is set to rival the Chevrolet Camaro SS, which generates 426 hp, and the Dodge Challenger SRT8, which has an output of 425 hp.
The range-topping Shelby GT500 and its supercharged V8 is rated at 540 hp. The brand-new V8 engine in this Mustang is believed to be potent due to how the engineers had been able to allow it to breathe. All-new heads sit atop an all-new aluminum block with cast-iron cylinder sleeves.
Because the heads have a wide distance, the intake ports are allowed to sit vertically on top of the engine.
The engine features four valves per cylinder and twin independent variable valve timing. Having the exhaust headers tuned eliminate the need for aftermarket headers to improve the engine's breathing.
Inside the engine, we find a forged-steel full counterweight crankshaft and four-bolt main bearings and high-performance pistons and connecting rods.
The buyer of the new 5.0-liter Mustang can choose between a 6R80 automatic transmission or the MT82 six-speed manual. The official debut will take place at the Detroit auto show in January.