Official: 2011 Ford Mustang revealed with its 5.0 V8 engine

Article by Christian Andrei, on January 20, 2010

Finally, it is here! The 2011 Ford Mustang arrives with its all-new advanced 5.0-liter V-8 engine capable to develop 412 hp and an impressive 390 lb-ft of torque. The new engine produces almost 83 hp per liter and, according to the manufacturer it is capable of 25 mpg on the highway while in the city can deliver 17 mpg.

This means that the main competitors for the 2011 Mustang will be 2010 Chevrolet Camaro SS which carries 426 hp and the Dodge Challenger SRT8 capable to deliver 425 hp.

Still, this is not the flagship because this place is held by the mighty Shelby GT500 and its supercharged V8 engine capable to deliver an astonishing 540 hp.

All of you folks may wonder now, what makes this engine so special and powerful, right?

Well, according to the manufacturer, the brand new V8 engine feature all-new aluminum four-valve-per-cylinder heads feature a compact roller finger follower valvetrain layout leaving more room for high-flow ports for free-breathing performance. Head structure was designed to support higher cylinder head pressures and cross-flow cooling for sustained high-rpm use.

Head bolt size was increased from 11 to 12 millimeters to contain the higher combustion pressures.

2011 Mustang GT fuel economy is enabled by the Ti-VCT, the six-speed transmissions in automatic or manual variations. In addition, the new Mustang GT comes with electric power assist steering, 11.5-inch front and 11.8-inch rear vented disc brakes (Brembo brakes with 14-inch front rotors and bigger calipers are also available as an option).

Other changes include the 5.0 fender badges, new engine cover, speedometer increased to 160 mph and tachometer's redline from 6,500 to 7,000. Also, we have new colors: Yellow Blaze Tri-Coat, Race Red and Ingot Silver.

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