• Dec 3, 2009

2011 Ford Mustang - Click above to watch the video after the jump

The 2011 Mustang is only one year removed from a major refresh, but that didn't stop Ford from adding a host of upgrades, especially to the V6 model, to better-compete against its new pony car competition. While we certainly don't discount the V6 Stang's new suspension and packaging updates, the big story resides under its bonnet. The new 3.7-liter V6 packs 305 horsepower mated to a six-speed auto tranny (a six-speed manual is also available, but you lose 1 mpg) giving the new Mustang a big advantage over its predecessor while reportedly delivering the 30 mpg efficiency the masses are looking for.

We got our hands on some b-roll video of the new Mustang V6, with both static and moving shots. If that's not a good enough reason to watch there is also some aural pleasure courtesy of the new 3.7-liter V6. Unfortunately, the engine sounds are only audible when the Stang is in park but it still sounds pretty meaty when inside the cockpit. Hit the jump to see and hear the 2011 Mustang V6 in action.



[Source: Ford]



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      • 5 Years Ago
      Motor dosent seem very responsive when he is revving it up. My john deere revs better than that!!!
      • 5 Years Ago
      I am excited about the handling possibilities with a lighter motor and the weight being set back. Then add in the ponies with good gas mileage, now that is what I call Ecoboost. Good job Ford, but please make it affordable.

      If it's not affordable to buy, then I will be searching for crashed Ecoboost Mustang drivetrains for my project cars!

        • 5 Years Ago
        It's not ecoboost.... But it is nice to know that the V6 mustang can put down as much HP as the GT... oh wait, no, yeah, I did read that right. I hope they have some big changes in store for the 2011 GT as well, otherwise their sales might drop a bit. It does sound plain though, like every other V6 ever. Maybe now those kids who have the current V6 won't think they're all that and get beaten by an Endeavor....
      JDM Life
      • 5 Years Ago
      and how would you ever tell its the new V6 stang....


      For Ford this is good...but sedans like the IS350 and G37 already had 300+hp V6...and their 4 door sedans this is a sport car.
      • 5 Years Ago
      ford says a mustang with independent rear suspension would be 5000us$ more expensive.
      (i don't see how, just recover the old Ford Sierra rear diff cast molds and there ya go)

      Richard Hammond calls it a stupid decision, while testing a Gt500.
      unstable car.
      the car doesn't meet the power as claimed, only achieves 474hp.

      the roush mustang is better rated(with far less hp), because having a better suspension and the stig gets a 2 second better lap.
      jeremy Clarkson says the Roush is better.

      (i was reading this article, while a rerun was on discovery, just coincidence)



        • 5 Years Ago
        @DE07GT
        dude that was a FWD car related subject.
        and was about a distribution belt with all covers and supports on a FWD, depends on the case aswel.
        but a 1998+ TDI requires a support to be removed else it's impossible to get the belt on.
        a normal alternator belt takes about 20 minutes.

        be my guest and keep the crap mustang.
        ford is cheating on people, by selling something they engineerd 100 years ago.
        it's pretty much all aftermarket related, because you wanna fix a car with a hammer and plummer tool.

        i have watched all those shows, like from wrecks to riches, overhauling, etc,ect.
        95% of those cars had a carburator and mechanical spark distrubution.
        2 valve operation, while 4 valve is more fuel economic and better vaporization.

        the ford taunus was the last build with a solid axle, almost 30 years ago here in europe.
        but you want cheap, because the most used word on this blog is overpriced.
        cheap and 'unwanted' high fuel usage.
        that's retard.




        • 5 Years Ago
        474 at the wheels is more than 540 at the crank. They are known for being notoriously underrated from the factory. About a quarter of the new GT500s that have been dyno tested are actually putting out closer to 600 at the crank. In case you didn't know, 600>540. You cannot say that the 474 is at the crank because that would mean around 400 at the wheels, which will never happen when testing a GT500.
        And that 474 RWHP was on the old GT500 only rated at 500 HP. Learn your facts before you start spouting ignorance.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @DE07GT
        dude that was a FWD car related subject.
        and was about a distribution belt with all covers and supports on a FWD, depends on the case aswel.
        but a 1998+ TDI requires a support to be removed else it's impossible to get the belt on.
        a normal alternator belt takes about 20 minutes.

        be my guest and keep the crap mustang.
        ford is cheating on people, by selling something they engineerd 100 years ago.
        it's pretty much all aftermarket related, because you wanna fix a car with a hammer and plummer tool.

        i have watched all those shows, like from wrecks to riches, overhauling, etc,ect.
        95% of those cars had a carburator and mechanical spark distrubution.
        2 valve operation, while 4 valve is more fuel economic and better vaporization.

        the ford taunus was the last build with a solid axle, almost 30 years ago here in europe.
        but you want cheap, because the most used word on this blog is overpriced.
        cheap and 'unwanted' high fuel usage.
        that's retard.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Thanks for doing that DE07GT, so I didn't have to. And only a fool like Clarkson would pick the Roush.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Contours sound pretty awesome though. At least my SVT does.

      Finally the V6 'Stang isn't handicapped, and I'm going to have to give this car a serious look when my expensive clutch finally dies!
      • 5 Years Ago
      I can't wait for someone to slap a couple turbos on there. Serious sleeper potential.
      • 5 Years Ago
      this may be the first time I've seen an autobox that has gotten better mpg than it's stick version. kudos.
        • 5 Years Ago
        While I'm gonna pull out the old lazy card and not look up any data, this is actually becoming quite common because automakers can program an especially eco mode into the transmission that gets triggered by certain types of driving. It is no coincidence that the EPA tests trigger this mode, where the tranny may start in a higher gear or seek out the highest gear well before the EPAs rules say a manual transmission will upshift in testing. Essentially the added computational power in the automatic allows them to teach the car to adapt to the test and score a higher MPG rating without actually being more effiecient.

        In actuality, I believe the torque converter and pumping losses in the automatic transmission is still actually less efficioent than a manual. But as always how one drives has a much greater impact on fuel consumption.
        • 5 Years Ago
        For the 1 MPG difference I'll take the stick. In fact the more I look at this Mustang the happier I get. This baby redlines near 7000 RPM, and Ford is giving me a real stick to play with and handling package. And I get some decent mileage. Happy boy :-)

        • 5 Years Ago
        Highway MPG better with auto is pretty normal in recent years, because they give much shorter top gear on the manual.
        • 5 Years Ago
        What conspiracy? It's just common sense and physics.

        For what it's worth, the axle ratio on the V6 Camaro (stick or auto) is 3.27:1 You can chalk the extra mpg's to the fact that 6th on the auto is 0.67:1 while it's 0.75:1 on the manual.

        Though, to go back to my previous comment, if the Camaro had a 4spd or 5spd auto, you can be sure it wouldn't also have a 0.67:1 top gear either. The extra ratios give them that flexibility that wasn't there before the proliferation of these 6+ speed automatics.
        • 5 Years Ago
        You really haven't been paying attention the past couple of years then. Many modern cars with a choice are often on par with each other, but many more autos are starting to pull ahead mileage-wise. Take a look at the mileage for the Camaro and new Fusion as a couple of examples.

        I blame a lot of it on the emergence of automatics with more speeds. A large part of the reason that manuals often achieved better mileage was due to the choice of more ratios. 5spd and 6spd manuals have been the norm for quite a while now while 4 spd autos were common on many cars and are still available on some. The emergence of 5spd, 6spd and even more automatics in recent years has closed the gap considerably to the point where a 6spd auto and a 6spd manual are virtually identical when it comes to mileage.

        There's also the fact that autos can be programmed to act in certain ways which will afford better mileage. Forcing early upshifts and requiring massive pedal inputs to invoke downshifts have become the norm for many modern cars with autos in order to squeeze every mpg out of the EPA tests.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The car sounds good with the new V6! Good job Ford
      • 5 Years Ago
      Now I'm upset. My '99 mustang GT with 260 proud horses will get stomped by a V-6. Tis a sad sad day to own a older mustang.
      • 5 Years Ago
      ew, that intake manifold/plenum is the worst. lol.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I know you can make V6's sound amazing, but I don't hear that from here.
      • 5 Years Ago
      These 300 hp V6 engines are pretty impressive. Realistically, that's more than enough power for the majority of buyers. Beyond that it's primarily just a matter of being able to say you have the V8 and the bigger horsepower rather than ever using it for most (not all) buyers.
        • 5 Years Ago
        My dad had a 1987 Mustang LX. It had 225 hp, which was way more than enough! I think about that every time a new car is announced with some absurd amount of power. Back then 0-60 in the low 6-second range was really fast. Now we've all lost our minds.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Nightcrawler,

        For me its not that 300 hp isn't enough, but I just happen to prefer the engine/exhaust note so much better on the v8, the v6 just can't quite replicate it IMO. Plus the low end torque/power advantage doesn't hurt either. Don't get me wrong, having a v6 like this is a great option for many people who want the power and don't care as much about the sound.
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