These are the photos of the '5.0' badge to the front fender of the 2011 Ford Mustang that is set to make a grand return. Fans are sure to be pleased about this news especially that the Mustang isn´t only an iconic pony car or a retro-modern throwback to simpler times. It has always been a fan-favorite and it has held the support of team of drivers, manufacturers and tuners.
Ford displayed its 2011 Mustang at the 2009 Los Angeles Auto Show held earlier this month. Ford showed the base V-6 model, which had been upgraded with a new 3.7-liter engine that has an output of 305hp and 280 lb-feet of torque.
At the 2010 Detroit Auto Show next month, the Blue Oval will be unveiling the new V-8 powered GT, which will pack a 5.0-liter V-8 with 412hp and 390 lb-feet of torque.
This figure makes it just 14hp lower than the output of the Chevrolet Camaro SS. The new engine of the 2011 Ford Mustang will come with four valves per cylinder and Ford's latest and twin independent variable valve timing.
Standard equipment includes tuned exhaust headers, a forged-steel crankshaft, high-performance pistons and connecting rods.
Buyers can opt for a 6-speed automatic or 6-speed manual transmission. Ford claims that fuel economy is as high as 25 mpg but this is probably a highway figure. These photos are early leaks but full-resolution photos and its details will likely be revealed as the show nears.
Ford’s Electric Power-Assisted Steering (EPAS) has been one of the elements responsible for making the new Mustang GT more dynamic. After all, EPAS allows for increased steering effort at highway speeds and reduced steering effort at low-speed parking maneuvers.
Moreover, EPAS delivers much quicker on-center steering response and enables specific tuning for the Mustang GT. Furthermore, the new 2011 Mustang GT has an improved rear lower control arm for increased stiffness, better powertrain NVH control and crisper handling.
It is also provided with a stiffened rear stabilizer bar for enhanced on-center steering. Further improving the Mustang GT’s dynamics are stabilizer bar diameters, dampers and spring rates.
Interestingly, the new Mustang GT is also available with a Brembo brake package that includes 14-inch vented front discs derived the GT500 Mustang, distinct 19-inch alloy wheels wrapped in summer performance tires.