• Jun 16th 2009 at 11:29AM
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2010 Ford Mustang GT - Click above for high-res image gallery

When the 2010 Mustang was unveiled at the LA Auto Show last November, a collective groan arose from the crowd when it was revealed that the 2009 engine lineup was essentially being carried over. This was particularly true for the base V6 model being propelled by the ancient 4.0-liter V6 which dates back to the 2.8-liter Capri engine of the 1970s. At the debut, Ford asked us to be patient and promised that powertrain upgrades were forthcoming.

Ever since the 3.5-liter V6 debuted in the Edge and Lincoln MKX a couple of years back, Mustang have fans have wanted to see it under the hood of their favorite pony. The problem is that engine was designed for transverse front-wheel drive applications and needed some significant reworking to go into rear-drive layouts. That work has been ongoing in order to mount the new twin-turbo EcoBoost version in the F-150 pickup next year. This work is expected to translate into a normally aspirated version of the 3.5 or 3.7-liter V6 for the ponycar about a year from now, likely for the 2011 model year.

In fact, it's now being reportedly by The Mustang News that Ford showed a 3.7-liter Mustang at an employee townhall meeting recently, although no specs were revealed. In the MKS, the 3.7 churns out 273 hp with port fuel injection. With direct injection coming to the 3.5 EcoBoost, a normally aspirated DI 3.7 can't be out of the question either, with 300+ hp to match the heavier Chevrolet Camaro. Now, about that V8... Thanks to Shibby9505 for the tip!

[Source: TheMustangNews.com]
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      • 6 Years Ago
      WTF cares.... so one can tell their "green" friends their Mustang is eco friendly? PLEASE!!! :( :( :( Check the MPG numbers on the V6 Camaro & then compare to the V8 versions. Then check the performance numbers & the overall MSRP.

      The fuel savings are MINIMAL... the V8 wins the performance tests (& why buy a pony car WITHOUT a V8 exhaust note???) & the cost savings is also MINIMAL (@ least for the Camaro...)

      The V6 option is for rental car companies & what they used to call "secretary" cars. Why do people think dropping 2 cylinders equals better fuel economy?
        • 6 Years Ago
        There are some reasons why people buy the V6 you are not considering:

        A big reason is insurance. The rate on the V8 will kill some people and a 300HP V6 is a very good affordable alternative.

        Also some people don't want or need the maximum possible horsepower. Horsepower isn't the main goal of all people when buying a Mustang or Camaro.

        Finally the lower MSRP puts it into the reach of more people.
        • 6 Years Ago
        The 3.7L is a more efficient engine than the 4.0L. If Ford is true to their word (6spd transmissions across the board) then the combination of a more fuel efficient engine plus a better transmission makes for a (probable) 2-3mpg increase. I would expect a 3.7L equipped Mustang to rival the FE ratings of a V6 Camaro, which are quite impressive.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Redeem: Some of my buddies in HS had 4 or 6 cylinder Mustangs & Camaros. Their insurance bills were only slightly LOWER than the rich kids driving Daddy's V8 models!!! Depending on the state you live... your paying for the "bad" performance crowd that shares your car's platform!!! If you are that tight on insurance budget... get another car & work some "stealth" performance into it. The one speeding ticket or general moving violation will have you PARKING the Mustang or Camaro (due to increased insurance)

        FUEL ECONOMY: I'm more tuned into the Camaro line up. Camaro V6 (using basically the Cadillac CTS V6 gets: 18 city/ 29 hwy.

        The V8 Camaro gets 16ciry /25 hwy. 2MPG difference in city driving... like I said MINIMAL. As for the HWY numbers... we all know EPA fuel #'s are achieved like driving like an old lady retiree from Florida!!! :) Basically your numbers will vary, eh? A good friend has a 97 Camaro... gets 26-27 on the freeway. My uncle had a Viper... let me take it for the weekend a few years back... I got 24MPG from a Dodge V-10!!!

        I agree a 6-speed manual would help a higher revving V6... but unless I'm running in a specific SCCA class that rewards the V6... the V8 gives me more for my $$$. Again JMO & I understand people have budgets & a variety of needs. If GM & Ford need to market the V6 for sales (to preserve the performance packages)... its all good.

        Just don't like when companies "sell" smaller engines as better MPG deals... not really true.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Zanardi (great nic BTW...) your girlfriend falls into the "secretary's" car demo I've stated elsewhere (even if she is a doctor or lawyer...) It was a sexist term for non performance oriented driver. Yes, my comments come from a crazed gearhead, performance oriented, LeMans 24 driver wanta-bee perspective.

        Pio-Pio: Cut the Marketing Math Bull$hit!!!

        2MPG (hwy) is next to nothing & if your budget is that tight.... buy a used car or take the bus. Gas in my area is $2.90 today. Take a highway trip with a V6 Camaro & you gain about 28-29 miles more than if you drove the V8 Camaro... that is ONE GALLON of gas. So one would save about $2.90 driving the V6

        That;s using the EPA #'s as I said... my friend's '97 Camaro V8 (with 6-spd. box) gets higher numbers than the EPA projected. The new V8 Camaro could do the same.

        If one wants a V6... get one!!! However guys like you prove my original point... Don't sell it as some great MPG alternative. I can buy a performance alternative (as some posts have) but lets not turn the Mustang & Camaro V6 option into a Prius alternative (12.5% cost savings... rolls eyes!!!)
        • 6 Years Ago
        There are plenty of reasons why people don't want to buy the bigger engine.

        Some people only care about the looks of their cars (my fiancee, for example) and could care less what is under the hood. With that in mind, why go buy (MSRP, fuel, insurance all go up) something they don't need.

        But you seem to be a car guy, so the above clearly doesn't apply to you. Think about it this way, then: all the extra power in the world isn't going to make you a better driver. That's why there's a hierarchy in racing licenses.

        I used to run a Stage 2 tune in my WRX. Then I started attending track days and I realized that all the added power was doing was making me go faster in the straights. But it wasn't making me a better driver. Additionally, it drove up my maintenance costs (especially brakes). So I sold it and haven't looked back since.

        Now if you're a drag racer, then you have a different set of priorities. But understand that not everybody is like you and has the same priorities that you do.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Will Ford make a V6 Track Pack when the V6 is upgraded to a modern engine? If Ford can squeeze 300hp out of the 3.7L and they fit it with the same track pack available on the GT, it would make for a great weekend track car. The 3.7L is significantly lighter than the 4.6L, which would make for a better weight distribution. Lighter weight plus better distribution makes for better handling.

      On a side note, if Ford can squeeze 300hp out of a 3.7L, it would make for a better power to weight ratio than a 2005-09 GT!! High 13 second 1/4 mile times wouldn't be out of the question here.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Nissan is actually getting 350hp out of the non-DI 3.7 in the Nismo 370Z.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Ford can't make their 3.7 hit 330hp.
        They don't variable exhaust valve timing, they don't have an intake valve lift scaling system.

        I bet 270hp with a single exhaust, on port injection regular fuel.
        Then they can offer a 'sporty' version [circa 2012] with dual exhaust / premium fuel 285hp.

        We will see.
        • 6 Years Ago
        It wont be faster than the old GT. Keep in mind the V8 will still be up on torque, and produce higher numbers at lower RPM levels.

        This is why the old GT still bests the V6 Camaro.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Ford should make 330HP out of the 3.7L with DI

        Nissan is getting 330HP out of their 3.7L and without DI, so there is no reaason why Ford can't. the thing is they ahve to watch out so they don't come to close to the V8 variant and then only those loyal V8 fans will get that verison and the rest would be fully satisfied with the 330HP 3.7L V6

        I just hope Ford can find it in their hart to bring back the LS and make it slightly smaller based on the Mustang RWD chasis and we coudl finally have some nice competition in the G37/3-series arena from Lincoln. if the Mustang can handle almost as good as a 370Z then the Lincoln shoudd be close to the competition in handling, but with the V8 as an option it could likely be quicker, definitely have the better sound and would drive me to it rather than me replacing my G35 with a G37 is a few years
      • 6 Years Ago
      The 3.5L Ecoboost Should be the standard engine with the Coyote V8 being the top of the line Hopefully the 5L is Direct injected And Super Charged
      • 6 Years Ago
      Aw, no love for the good old Cologne V6?

      Granted, for a boat like the mustang it's barely adequate. I'd like to stuff a SOHC 4.0 into a 1st gen Capri, but they're just too rare these days to molest one for fun.
      • 6 Years Ago
      It's nice to finally have a modern engine offered in the base Mustang as well. Maybe I'm not looking for all out speed, but also don't want to bum it with a years old power plant. Cheers!
      • 6 Years Ago
      if the continue to keep the weight down it should be one seriously quick car(with the track pack of course)
      • 6 Years Ago
      I can't see why any enthusiast would buy a 2010 'stang with 2 (at least) new engines coming a year later.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Ford will need an economy mustang.
      When will the 175 hp 2.5 I4 be out, 2012 model year?
      275hp 3.7 V6
      375hp 5.0 V8
      475hp 6.2 V8
      • 6 Years Ago
      If I were in the market for a V6 muscle car, I would probably choose this version of the Mustang over the Camaro. I like the styling a lot more (though not as much as the Challenger), and the powertrain would finally be up to the task.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I'm Sorry........
        • 6 Years Ago
        Farris & Sanders: The Camaro & Mustang are "retro" cars evoking emotions from an era you now seem to want people to ignore. I would endorse your arguments 100% if these cars were not pulling from a past era.

        I remember the SVO turbo 4 Mustangs... & they did NOT sell!!! They confused the performance demographic. Mustang was a raw 'Merican V8... & people that wanted a H.O. turbo (or twin turbo) 4 were turned off by the Mustang.

        Sorry guys... but too often people believe the hype that less cylinders equals better fuel MPG. My Subaru turbo & supercharged Mini Cooper S (my last two cars) were AVERAGE on MPG... & yet everyone assumed my Mini got GREAT mileage. I always had to tell people I bought the Cooper S for its PERFORMANCE & not its "superior" MPG!!!

        Farris... I'm also so-ooo bummed you dislike me!!! WTF will I do now? :) :) I still like you buddy!!!

        • 6 Years Ago
        AZZO, for some reason I cannot stand you. We get it. You don't like V6s in muscle cars. You don't need to respond to EVERY person here telling them you don't.

        Personally, I think it's GREAT that the Mustang is finally getting these motors. Not only will it help to boost the power, but it will help FoMoCo's CAFE numbers as well. I could be wrong, but I think they sell more V6 Mustangs than V8s. (If I'm mistaken, please let me know.)

        When the Camaro came out with that 300 horse V6, I think the "engine guys" at Ford sort of took a collective dump and went "Um... let's fix this. Now." Glad to see that they did.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Farris: We have peace... but judging from my multiple one star ratings others are anonymously HATING me... :(

        Dispute my MPG numbers boys & girls

        Dispute the term for "Muscle Cars" too....

        ...Some of you seem like ex-Chrysler product planers. Tell people the Charger was NOT a retro car & that 4-doors actually made it BETTER. Than create a crap-load of RETRO packages ( SuperBee, RT, etc) when sales are luke-warm.

        The Mustang & Camaro are drawing from their Muscle Car roots & the CURRENT V8 versions still out-perform their V6 models. Thought AB was a performance oriented website (& most aspire to a maximum H.O. car...)??
        • 6 Years Ago
        haha, I get you AZZO. Yeah, I'll correct: If I were in the market for a Pony car, I'd get this version of the Mustang.

        Honestly, the V6 would be enough muscle for me. Pair it with a stick, and 275 to 300 hp....I'm good. I drive a boat with 170hp V6 and 192,000 miles, so a mustang with this caliber is a huuuuuuuge step up for me.

        First thing I'd learn to do: Make donuts. Never had a RWD car before.
        • 6 Years Ago
        "V6 Muscle Car"??????? No you are buying a "Pony Car". The "Muscle Cars" are Camaros, Challengers, & Mustangs with V8 motors!!!

        Sorry but its true.
        • 6 Years Ago
        @AZZO45b: I wouldn't call it hating... judging by myself, generally when I rate down I mean "I don't agree" (only when rating Matt I mean "you are king of a-holes" :)
        BTW I do agree that Mustang V6 is not muscle car, but these days 4-door saloon is a coupe :)
        • 6 Years Ago
        Let me start by stating I'm not a traditionalist, as in, I don't see the point to holding on to old notions. The statement in the previous post is only true historically, and for a small window in time in the history of the automobile and specifically, only for a group of individuals in one small part of the world. Does a definition used for a small window of time, roughly a generation of people, still have any modern relevance? As in, just because 'this is how it was' for X years makes it the only way it should be?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Here we see why competition (from the Camaro) is a good thing. Now if only the Mustang would get independent rear suspension...
      • 6 Years Ago
      Why oh why AB do you insist on posting a high res gallery of the EXACT 2010 GT that I would buy. Grabber blue coupe, 19" forged wheels, everything. My paycheck really doesn't need the hit from buying one, but if you keep running these articles I have a feeling lust will win over necessity. At least I have two more years to wait for the new 5.0 to be in its second year of production so that any bugs can already be worked out.
      • 6 Years Ago
      It's about time the Mustang has a modern 6-cylinder, have the Ford people been asleep? I would still prefer a well built Turbo 4-cylinder....maybe something with about 250hp and a variant of the Focus RS motor!
        • 6 Years Ago
        "It's about time the Mustang has a modern 6-cylinder, have the Ford people been asleep?"

        did you even read the article? The only V6 they had for a longitudinal application *was* the 4.0 liter, and that is thanks solely to the Explorer and Ranger. The 3.0 liter Vulcan and 3.8/4.2 liter Essex V6s both 1) sucked, and 2) were already canceled.

        The work on this RWD 3.7 liter engine probably started a long time ago, but it takes longer than you think since they're likely re-designing a large percentage of the engine.
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