The 2011 Ford Mustang takes pride with an all-new 100% aluminum dual overhead cam (DOHC) engine and six-speed automatic transmission that can deliver approximately 30 mpg on the road. The new Mustang’s 3.7-liter Duratec 24-valve V-6 was built with advanced engineering techniques to make it a fuel-efficient high-performing car.
The Twin Independent Variable Camshaft Timing (Ti-VCT) can regulate the valvetrain in microseconds. Using aluminum material, the car is considerably lighter. The powerful engine was made to crank out torque down low with 7,000 rpm, delivering the mechanical music race car enthusiasts have always loved.
Ford Global Product Development Group Vice President (VP) Derrick Kuzak believes that the 2011 Ford Mustang is an integration of everything that people love about the Mustang. With the Ti-VCT technology operating four valves per cylinder, the 2011 Ford Mustang’s output is improved to a horsepower of 305 and torque of 280 ft.-lb compared to its predecessors despite its smaller displacement.
Undeniably, the driving experience it guarantees is unlike any other. Ford Global Powertrain Engineering VP Barb Samardzich believes that the revolutionary engine is what the new Mustang is all about. It is a clear indication of the company’s commitment to innovation in delivering power and fuel economy. The Ti-VCT allows for the variable control of valve operation across the rev range, allowing the 2011 Ford Mustang to reach its maximum potentials.
The cams operate on a Direct Acting Mechanical Bucket (DAMB) valvetrain with polished buckets and roller finger followers in order to minimize friction. Because of this technology, there is approximately a 3% and a 10% improvement in fuel economy and power output, respectively.
A special-tuned composite upper and lower intake manifolds complement the Ti-VCT for effective air delivery and lighter weight. Meanwhile, a high-energy coil-on-plug design is made for the ignition power. The piston-cooling jets and a lightweight die-cast aluminum cylinder block, on the other hand, improve the resilience and the efficiency of the engine.
Ford has always been known for delivering the best engine performance, making this its ultimate goal for every design. For a free-breathing style, a cold air induction system and a dual exhaust are used. The V-6 engine has a near-instantaneous response to throttle inputs.
Moreover, the die-cast aluminum deep-sump oil pan offers 10,000-mile oil change intervals. This saves users a lot of money on maintenance and lessens oil waste disposals. From intake to exhaust, the developers of the 2011 Ford Mustang have made sure to come up with aggressive engine sounds.
The retuned air intake system does not only reduce losses but also gives drivers a satisfying intake rush on extreme acceleration. At idle periods, the dual exhaust system is mellow but it opens up with a howl at full tilt.
Mustang Chief Nameplate Engineer David Percak believes that this is definitely a new type of Mustang. With a quad-cam V-6 and all the engineered sounds and aerodynamics, the 2011 Ford Mustang is indeed an emerging legend on the road that all sports coupe fans will admire.