Press Release: 2011 Ford Mustang GT Leads Class With 26 MPG Highway, 412 Horsepower

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mustangGT.jpgThe 2011 Ford Mustang GT, powered by a new 412-hp
5.0-liter V-8 engine, adds yet another notch to its belt: an EPA rating
of 26 mpg highway when equipped with the six-speed manual transmission,
giving it the best fuel economy in its class.

The 2011 Mustang continues to exceed expectations
in every category, and these fuel economy numbers are another chapter in
an incredible story,” said Derrick Kuzak, Ford’s group vice president,
Global Product Development. “To offer this kind of horsepower and
class-leading fuel economy in a comfortable, beautiful, tech-savvy and
affordable package – it’s really unprecedented.”
With the six-speed manual transmission, Mustang GT
coupe is rated at 17 mpg city and
26 highway, while models with the available
six-speed automatic achieve 18 mpg city and
25 highway.

The GT’s best in class fuel numbers come on the
heels of the Mustang V-6, which just last week cracked the record books
as not only the most fuel-efficient Mustang ever, but also the first
production car in history to produce 305 horsepower and 31 mpg highwa

Mustang GT is powered by an all-new 5.0-liter
double-overhead-camshaft (DOHC) V-8 with a host of advanced features to
deliver the combination of power and class-leading fuel economy.
Twin Independent Variable Camshaft Timing (Ti-VCT)
adjusts the valvetrain in microseconds depending on driver inputs. A
carefully tuned intake and exhaust system ensures free breathing at all
engine speeds. And all-aluminum construction results in a lightweight
yet durable powerplant.
A pair of new transmissions, both with six forward
ratios, also play a large part in making the 2011 Mustang a breakthrough
car. Regardless of whether drivers want to shift for themselves or let
the car shift for them, they’re treated to carefully chosen gear ratios
to maximize fuel economy while still delivering high-horsepower
Mustang powertrain development has reached a point
where customers don’t have to choose between fuel efficiency and
performance,” says Barb Samardzich, Ford vice president of Global
Powertrain Engineering. “Thanks to technologies like Ti-VCT and our
six-speed gearboxes, a Mustang driver has the best of both worlds.”
Fuel economy improvements on all Mustang models
Mustang GT shares fuel economy accolades with the
new 3.7-liter Mustang V-6 – the first production car ever to offer both
300-plus horsepower and 31 mpg on the highway. Official 2011 EPA fuel
economy ratings for the Mustang product line are:
Mustang V-6
  • 19 mpg city and 31 highway (automatic coupe)
  • 19 mpg city and 29 highway (manual coupe)
Mustang GT
  • 18 mpg city and 25 highway (automatic coupe)
  • 17 mpg city and 26 highway (manual coupe)
In addition to powertrain improvements, upgrades to
Mustang’s body and chassis design contribute to its 2011 performance.
Examples include:
  • New EPAS eliminates the drag of an
    engine-operated hydraulic power steering pump
  • Combined with the new six-speed transmissions,
    standard 3.31 (manual) and 3.15 (automatic) rear axle ratios provide an
    ideal blend of relaxed cruising rpm and all-out acceleration
  • Aerodynamic improvements include a new front
    fascia on the Mustang GT, tire spats on the rear wheels, modified
    underbody shields, a taller air dam and an added rear decklid seal
The 2011 Mustang is built at the AutoAlliance
International Plant in Flat Rock, Mich., and goes on sale this spring.
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