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2010 Ford Mustang GT - Click above for high-res image gallery

Some potential future Mustang news comes by way of an internet forum user who calls himself TheInsider. With a handle like that, he must know what he's talking about, right? We kid. But some of the rumors he spills gives with what we've been hearing too. In any case, this source tells the masses at The Mustang Source that the 2011 Mustang's 3.7-liter V6 will be rated at 315 horsepower, neatly outperforming the direct-injected 3.6-liter unit installed in the Chevrolet Camaro by a handful of ponies. But wait, there's more!

Moving up the power ladder a step, the 2011 GT will see a bump up to an even 400 horsepower, which we're expecting to come from the 5.0-liter Coyote V8, and those horses will be corralled though a new six-speed manual gearbox. Unfortunately, because the base V6 will sport so much additional power, the mooted EcoBoost model may never come to fruition.

As we've previously heard, rumor has it that the '11 Stang with the new Coyote V8 and Track Pack with Pirelli P Zero Corsa R tires was able to lap GingerMan Raceway in South Haven, Michigan at the same rate as a current BMW M3 – fine company indeed. The final two insights of note are that next year's GT500 will be blessed with an aluminum block and that a Boss edition is slated for 2012. Not surprisingly, six pages have accrued on the thread since yesterday morning. Click here to check out the banter in its entirety.




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      • 5 Years Ago
      Job 1, for the 2011 Mustang, is 3/15/10.

      Just an FYI
      • 5 Years Ago
      Independent rear suspension too? ;)
        • 5 Years Ago
        "Why? The current setup is predictable, well known, and even in the 2010 car out-performs much of its competition on the track and on the strip while providing better ride quality."

        Since when is hop and shimmy predictable?
        • 5 Years Ago
        That is too logical for Ford to do. They rather have their terrible SUVs with IRS rather than their sports car.
        • 5 Years Ago
        To this day it angers me that they opted for a primitive live-axle to save a whopping $100 per car.
        • 5 Years Ago
        im honestly hoping for a watts link on the solid axle
        • 5 Years Ago
        Why? The current setup is predictable, well known, and even in the 2010 car out-performs much of its competition on the track and on the strip while providing better ride quality. IRS is far from a "magic bullet" that just makes everything better - its not like they couldn't add it if they had a good reason to.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Normally I would totally agree with you on the IRS issue. But I've driven the Camaro SS and the current Mustang GT. The Mustang has better handling and a better ride to boot. IRS does nothing to help the Camaro because it is such a pig. The Mustang could stand to lose a few pounds too but the Camaro is just too overweight. Forget about the Jabba the Hutt Challenger.

        I hope the next full redesign of the 'Stang gets a proper IRS (and loses a couple hundred pounds) but when compared to the Camaro, the 2010 Mustang's engine and transmission are inferior but suspension is not part of the problem.
      • 5 Years Ago
      theyre redesigning it for the cars 50th birthday
      • 5 Years Ago
      Awesome. I never understood why they kept the ancient underpowered V6 around without even a major update.
      Carlos
      • 5 Years Ago
      They should make the V6 a detuned ecoboost 3 liter. O the aftermarket dreams that would be.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I must say this is one ugly car...yikes!!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Can't wait to own 2 5.0L Mustangs, my 86 will have a new friend =). Ford has proved that a LRA isn't such a bad thing. With the right R&D they made a great suspension, that not only cuts weight, is cheaper, stronger, oh yeah and simpler. Ford has finally learned to cut back on weight (the mustang could use another small diet though) and to keep it simple. After all that is what a Muscle car is meant to be. A simple and powerful car. The Mustang is the first and last Pony car left, the Challenger is a cruiser and the Camaro is an overweight cheap looking sports car wannabe. Personally i dont know where Chevy got the ok for the exterior styling (it's too over the top) and the with 5 years of development, the interior is cheap and gloomy. Oh yeah also I dont like my arm by my head when i rest it on the window seal. Yes the car can get up and go, but it's a pig. I dont even want to get into the Challenger.
      • 5 Years Ago
      every now and then i like to clean my 2008 mustang gt's tailpipes ,aka flat out go pedal to the floor. hope the 2011 mustang gt's 0-120 0-140 times are a lot better because the camaro just flat out run's away . 0-120 gt (18.8) 0-120 ss(15.45)
      0-140 gt (34.22) 0-140 ss (22.11) big time ford guy but numbers don't lie
      • 5 Years Ago
      thats awesome. i want a 2012 boss!
      • 5 Years Ago
      IRS will be an available option, in the relative near future.
        • 5 Years Ago
        That's one option box I know I'd be checking.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Guess you missed the part were it says the mustang "was able to lap GingerMan Raceway in South Haven, Michigan at the same rate as a current BMW M3". That's with less HP then the M3.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Except for the part where it said it was the new Coyote V8 with the same hp and more torques in a lighter car with better tires on what looks like a power course.

        Still, I got to give them props for keeping up with the M3.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Finally, a decent V6.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Mustang out-handles Camaro and Challenger in every comparo; so what the hell's wrong with the suspension?

        And this is awesome news. Go Ford!
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yes!! A more powerful V6 than the Camaro's, and is also a lighter vehicle than the Camaro. Also a new engine for the GT, and probably still being lighter it and will definitely handle better, it will once again smoke the Camaro!
        • 5 Years Ago
        It better have a good suspension too. The V6 Camaro handling near as competently as the SS has really raised the bar for base model pony cars.
        • 5 Years Ago
        to be fair the 3.8 was a decent V6
        ...........in other Ford cars
        • 5 Years Ago
        a 2011 mustang with a 315 hp v6 is tempting
        • 5 Years Ago
        I can see a decent line-up with the 3.7 V6, EcoBoost V6, and Coyote V8. Since the EcoBoost is supposed to offer maybe 350-360hp with average V6 fuel ratings, it may be a popular engine choice. Depending on the gearing, the 3.7L V6 doesn't seem like such a slouch either.
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