• Oct 9, 2009
2010 Ford Shelby Mustang GT500 click above image for hi-res image gallery

Los Angeles will be a busy show for the Blue Oval boys. In addition to the official introduction of the U.S. Ford Fiesta, the rumormill regarding what's powering the 2011 Ford Mustang range figures to stop spinning once and for all.

We, along with green cars maven John Voelcker, were guests with Ford's global product development chief, Derrick Kuzak, on FoxNews.com's Fox Car Report yesterday. Kuzak didn't divulge any specifics regarding the Mustang during the broadcast, but as we all headed out following the appearance, he did let us know that our Mustang questions would be answered in Los Angeles this December. Earlier published reports have indicated that a new, more powerful, 300+ horsepower base V6 is in the offing, along with the widely-expected 400-horsepower 5.0-liter V8.

The other juicy rumor floating around that we want to see come true is that of an aluminum-block version of the 5.4-liter supercharged V8 for the 2011 Shelby GT500. To that end, we simply asked Kuzak, "How about an aluminum-block GT500?" He just smiled and replied, "That's a good thought." We'll cross our fingers while we wait and see.




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      • 5 Years Ago
      3 things the mustang has to have for 2011:
      1) brand new, more powerful engines
      2) independent suspension
      3) dual exhaust for the v6
        • 5 Years Ago
        I don't think all of those are gonna happen Chud.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yea because they spent all the time and money tuning their old IRS platform to handle well just to replace it in 2 years.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Well...better late than never. 'Bout time those snooze mobiles got decent engines (and by decent I mean anything other than the current, gas guzzling boat anchors they have).
        • 5 Years Ago
        Considering the GT with the 3v 4.6 engine could hang with the Camaro SS which has an 85 or 111 hp advantage (depending on transmission), that much may have not been such a big deal.

        I can't defend the V6 version though.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Matt, the boat Anchor 3 valve 4.6 Liter 24 valve V8 I own is good for 0-60 in 5.2 seconds and returns 26-27MPG Highway. Compares pretty well to the turbo 4's from Asian Makes.
        A little education goes a long way toward erasing ignorance for sure.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Wow Matt,

        You've now gone out and driven Ecoboost equipped Ford vehicles? Plus you've done so long enough to determine what mileage is?

        Or are you making things up again?

        Yeah, I believe everyone knows it's the latter. You have no idea what an Ecoboost 3.5L returns in fuel economy, once again, you go ahead and not only moot anything you say but re-enforce the opposite with your stupid comments. Keep 'em coming.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Oh...you want to use OBSERVED mileage. OK...don't get all mad at me when I say that Ecoboost is a joke and that there is nothing ECO about a 3.5 V6 averaging 16 MPG (observed).
      Lar7789789
      • 5 Years Ago
      I can't even imagine how fast a 400 plus horsepower Mustang with the weight around 3500-3600 pounds is gonna be. 0-60 in 4.5 seconds or less, no? Should be able to do the 1/4 mile in 12.7 maybe 12.6?

      That 5.0 4 valve cammer engine that was in the FR500 race cars had like 540 horse and was pretty sick, Ford is going to be using a detuned version of that engine.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @Lar7789789
        The coyote engine is not the same as the cammer crate engine. Its a new stand-alone design.
      • 5 Years Ago
      POLL: How many would favor a 2.0L I4 EcoBoost in the Mustang with 275+HP and 275+ ft-lbs that weighs less than the V6, performs and handles better and gets 30+MPG, would you buy it - yes or no?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Since when do turbo'd 4cyclinder sports cars that weigh as much as the mustang get 30+mpg?
        • 5 Years Ago
        It'll perform better than the CURRENT V6 that's for sure. Not better than a V8 though. But I agree. They need that engine in a smaller RWD car where its power and torque would be better utilized. I'd love to see a unique Mercury drop top with that engine based on the Miata platform but no one listens:(
        • 5 Years Ago
        Depends on the pricing and just how much weight is saved.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Only if it's called Mustang SVO and has a really weird-lookin' grille.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I'll stick to my V8, thanks.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I love how turbo happy Ford is getting, it makes me feel warm inside just thinking about a twin turbo 5.0L Mustang............. or even a diesel twin turbo Mustang

      So where is the Senior AutoBlog Troll of all things Ford and or Ford related?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Diesel mustang? You know that isn't gunna happen so dont set yourself up for disappointment.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Wishful thinking but i wouldn't be surprised if they did it to pass CAFE. Like it or not Diesel is coming, more efficient and better MPG.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Expect a plug-in IRS to be an option in the relative near future. No, I do not mean for the 2011MY, as the new engines and transmissions are enough for that year.

      Note that I said option. The solid axle will still be standard.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The two main areas that I've noticed the Mustang GT and V6 lacking, are in engine power and heavy braking. More power and better brakes would really help that car out. If Ford can find a way to make those two things possible without a substantial price or weight increase......I'll think they'll have a truly solid offering in the modern muscle/pony car arena.

      As far as the IRS issue goes. IMO, If it was priced beyond that of the Camaro/Challenger I would say, yes, it needs to gain an IRS setup. However, if it stays the cheapest and becomes the fastest of the group, I see no reason to add cost and complexity for something that may not perform significantly better. I could see them putting that off for another generation and still doing just fine.
      • 5 Years Ago
      EVeryone complaining about the lack of IRS needs to drive a Mustang first. I drive a 2008 Bullitt and I've driven the Camaro and the Mustang handles much better. The weight of the Camaro negates any handling benefit that the IRS supposedly gives it. Of course, a lighter car with IRS would handle better through the twisties, but that isn't what the Mustang is all about.

      I'll keep my log axle and the fun driving my Mustang brings me.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I think you've nailed it here. The Mustang, even with its old school solid axle, is a good handling car. It manages to handle the twisties at least as good as the IRS equipped Camaro and Challenger. However, that doesn't mean it wouldn't handle even better with a proper IRS. I'd settle for the LRA because it does work very well, but I wouldn't complain if an IRS is thrown on there either.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Uh, the Lincoln Mark VIII was the first American auto to offer HID headlights in 1995. That was a Ford product in case you were wondering.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I love the car, because its beautiful shape
      • 5 Years Ago
      Sandy, please don't confuse those pictures of the Shelby GT500 with the Mustang GT. There is a significant price difference. Telling people you are looking at a $53k Mustang GT is very misleading...
      • 5 Years Ago
      Left hand lane news has a post about the 5.0L engine and at the end they say that a source tells them that the 2012 or 2013 GT500 is going to have a twin turbo 5.0L.

      If it has an aluminum block, this is especially sick.

      I'm just hoping to get the dough together to buy a 400hp GT when they come out in a year or so. A couple mods from maximum motorsports and it should be a serious track toy with good reliablity and docile street manners for good weather cruising.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Sorry,

        Left lane news, not left hand lane news.
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