Leaked: 2011 Ford Mustang price

Article by Christian Andrei, on August 29, 2010

Ford has yet to announce the pricing for the revised 2011 Mustang V6 and GT models however, a leaked document tells us what the new Mustang models will cost when they arrive at showrooms nationwide.

A document that surfaced on The Mustang Source indicates that the base model 2011 Mustang V6 coupe will be priced at $22,995, including an $850 destination charge.

This means that it costs $750 more than the outgoing model. But then, the 2011 V6 model has an output of 95 more horsepower and an extra forward gear. The Mustang V6 convertible matches the coupe's $750 price increase, carrying an MSRP of $27,995.

If you want the Premium package to either V6 model, you would have to add $3,700. The 2011 Mustang GT coupe has a suggested retail price of $30,495, a $1,250 increase over the 2010 Mustang GT coupe but is cheaper than the Chevrolet Camaro SS by $1,300.

If you want to have unlimited headroom and Ford's new 5.0L V8, dealers you can buy the 2011 Mustang GT convertible for $35,495.

Take note that Ford's premium package can also be had on either Mustang GT model, adding about $3,200 to the take home price. Several other options will be available on the 2011 Ford Mustang models, including a $995 automatic transmission option and a $2,340 infotainment bundle with navigation.

The 2011 Ford Mustang allows V6 coupe buyers to take control of 305 high-performance horses through a new double-overhead-camshaft (DOHC) engine totally made of aluminum, which provides 31 mpg along the highway with its 6-speed automatic transmission.

This all-new 6-speed automatic Mustang comes together with a 6-speed manual transmission for those who prefer to shift by hands as cornering and handling are reinforced by adding Electric Power Assist Steering (EPAS) and a multitude of suspension enhancements.

Mustang chief nameplate engineer said that the V6 marks the beginning of a new era for the brand. The company is integrating technology plus fuel economy with its excellent handling and road holding abilities. This is expected to draw in a new class of Mustang buyers.

New Aluminum 3.7-liter V6

Mustang’s new 3.7-liter, 24-valve Duratec V6 makes use of cutting-edge engineering to deliver both power and economy. Twin Independent Variable Camshaft Timing or Ti-VCT regulates the valvetrain in microseconds. It has a lightweight, aluminum construction. Its engine is designed to continuously produce torque down low, boost speed up to 7,000 rpm as well as supply the sound that sports coupe enthusiasts long for.

According to Ford Global Powertrain Engineering VP Barb Samardzich, the new V6 engine defines the Mustang. It delivers power everywhere within the rev range and wants to be pushed to the limit. The 3.7-liter Duratec is based on the brand’s promise of using state-of-the-art technology to deliver power and fuel economy at the same time.

The Ti-VCT enables variable handling of valve operation over the rev range, giving a high output. Direct Acting Mechanical Bucket (DAMB) valvetrain allows variable cams to function with the use of polished buckets to lessen friction. This results to a 3% improvement in the use of fuel and a 10% higher power output as opposed to traditional engines with none of these sophisticated features.

The Ti-VCT is matched with a lighter weight and specially adjusted combined upper and lower air intake manifolds for efficient delivery of air. A high-energy coil-on-plug design delivers ignition power whereas piston-cooling jets plus a lightweight die-cast cylinder block made of aluminum enhances the efficiency and durability of the 3.7-liter V6.

A deep-sump oil pan made of die-cast aluminum gives 10,000 miles of oil change intervals to let drivers save on maintenance costs and reduce waste in oil disposal.

Engineers worked hard to make sure that the new engine produces aggressive and high-performance intake or exhaust sounds. Aside from minimizing losses, the retuned air intake system gives the driver a pleasing rush on hard acceleration. The new dual exhaust system stays mellow when vehicle is idle but gives a howl at full-tilt to let drivers know they are driving a world-class sports coupe.

Powertrain Enhancements

Drivers can maximize the use of the V’s engine output with the use of a 6-speed automatic transmission or a 6-speed manual gearbox. They both have flexibility and fuel economy benefits given by six forward gear ratios, regardless of whether drivers want to shift using their hands or not.

Buyers who opt for a manual gearbox will get to feel the shifter and enjoy short throws alongside the relaxed cruising allowed by the additional top gear ratio. Consumers who choose the automatic will be surprised to know that though the advanced 6-speed transmission offers convenience, it does not compromise performance or fuel economy as it delivers 31 mpg on the road plus quick shifts maximizing torque and horsepower.

In addition, the automatic transmission comes with a “hill mode” or grade-assist to improve performance on mountainous terrains. This high-tech innovation makes use of vehicle input consisting of acceleration, vehicle speed, brake status and vehicle speed to automatically verify the right gear ratio on an incline/decline. Hill mode gets rid of the sixth gear, expands lower gear function on uphill climbs, and gives added grade or engine brake for coast-downs.

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