Ford releases information about the 2011 Mustang!
The LA Auto Show is less than a week away and with it, the unveiling of the 2011 Ford Mustang engine lineup. This morning, Ford issued the first piece of information about the new Mustang powerplants and while they have only announced specs on the V6-this first piece of news is a step in the right direction for the Mustang. The Duratec 3.7 and Coyote 5.0 have been speculated engines for 2011 and with the announcement that the 3.7L V6, offering 305 horsepower is confirmed the Mustang community is leading at a more likely chance of a 400 horsepower Mustang GT.
In the meantime, anything about the 2011 Mustang GT is purely speculation but we do know that the 2011 Ford Mustang base model will pack a 3.7L V6 using variable camshaft timing to get competitive fuel mileage and still offer 305 horsepower/280 ft-ft of torque. This new V6 will put the base model Mustang 1 horsepower above the Chevrolet Camaro base model, and just 10 horsepower behind the current Mustang GT 4.6L V8.
On top of the 305 horsepower engine, the 2011 Mustang V6 models will offer either a manual or automatic 6-speec transmission, allowing the Mustang to yield 18/19 mpg around town and 29-30 on the highway (manual/automatic).
There is no price quote on the 2011 Mustang base model, but if the Mustang stays in the same relative price range Ford could steal back some of the pony car market occupied by Chevrolet since the Camaro came back onto the market.
Check out the press release here from Ford Motor Company, and check out my gallery below for more images of the 3.7L V6 from the 2011 Ford Mustang. Thanks to Ford Motor Company for the images!
Stay tuned to MustangForums.com and the Detroit Autos Examiner for more news from the 2009 LA Auto Show!