• Dec 18th 2009 at 12:28PM
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2010 Ford Mustang GT - Click above for high-res image gallery

AutoWeek has decided to let the cat get just a little bit further out of the bag this morning following last night's first bit of embargo breakage regarding the 2011 Ford Mustang GT and its 5.0-liter V8 engine. So, by now you've heard that the new powerplant puts out 412 ponies, or 83 horsepower-per-liter. Now, AW wants you to know it also offers up 390 pound-feet of torque and that peak power comes at a screaming 6,500 RPM.

The new powertrain combination will also return 25 miles per gallon, says AW. How does it manage this feat? With an aluminum engine block with cast cylinder sleeves and brand-new heads with four valves per cylinder, vertical intake ports and twin independent variable valve timing. Don't forget the tuned exhaust headers, a forged steel crankshaft with four-bolt main bearings plus new pistons and connecting rods.

And what about the transmission? Your choice of either the 6R80 automatic transmission or the MT82 six-speed manual. We now return you to your regularly-scheduled programming... until the next bit of embargo breakage, of course.

Photos by Drew Phillips / Copyright ©2009 Weblogs, Inc.
[Source: AutoWeek]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      Kicking and screaming to the altar, but you've finally arrived,

      Now this is a bargain.

      • 5 Years Ago
      FINALLY a perfect crate motor from Ford to drop in a Factory Five Shelby Cobra!! About time Ford had a motor comparable to a Chevy LS vette motor. Knowing Ford it will cost twice as much as a Chevy crate motor though...
        • 5 Years Ago
        In all fairness to Ford though, a DOHC motor is a fair bit more complicated than an OHV motor, and all that extra hardware does not come cheap.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Aluminum block, 400+ HP, 6 speed.... this is going to be GREAT.
        • 5 Years Ago
        390 lb-ft torque is great....but at 6500 RPM.....that's like having a Nissan or Honda engine. How fast will this new V8 spool up to 6500 RPM is the real question.

        What are the torque ratings at 1500-3500 RPM? The one thing most people like about GM's V8 engines is their low-end torque ratings. If you've got to rev the new Mustang up to 6500 RPM to get max torque, it may be out-gunned by the Camaro & Challenger w/o a doubt.
        • 5 Years Ago
        This car will surely be awesome, but I do see Jei's point. The cool part about those pushrod motors is you could hot-rod those things about a zillion ways - cam swaps (only 1 cam!) and eventually new aftermarket heads would be available. This gives folks lots of room to play at a reasonable price.

        Those 4-cam motors are a whole different story. With the need to buy 4 cams instead of 1, options there are quite limited. The heads are so complicated nobody (as far as I know) makes aftermarket heads for the mod motors, and they've been around over 15 years. About the only thing you can do to get a nice power boost (after a flash of the ECM) is a turbo or supercharger. That's too bad - I sure learned, loved & laughed when I rebuilt my old 5.0 20 years back - and it was only about $700!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Do you think ford will finally put some meat on the wheels. Maybe a 285. Knowing ford I bet they'll put a 245.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Ford's V8 engines weigh more than the LS3 and make less power.
      I guess stating the obvious makes me a troll.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I can't comment on the coyote V8's weight, but the 3v's weight. Its dressed weight is 420-440 pounds right around the dressed weight on an LS motor. The current 4v 5.4 mill is a heavy mutha at around 700 pounds but is due to drop 100 pound with the '11 model being all aluminum.

        but WTF ever, GM still puts their light weight V8 in one heavy ass car.
      • 5 Years Ago
      6 speed really?
      I hate to be the annoying european to spoil it all, but my e39 m5 had ~400hp, ~380 pound-feet and 6 speed gearbox Hmmm... 13 years ago, so please explain to me what's so great about this car now?

      Perhaps its because your BMW is an upmarket performance car costing THOUSANDS more, and this is a modestly priced pony car?

      • 5 Years Ago
      No thanks, I'm happy with my 6.0L DoD engine :)
      • 5 Years Ago
      What's that black thingy on the rear fender?

      Oh yeah, it's the ever more rare whip antenna that most manufacturers are getting away from. Love the car, the crap-ass antenna has got ot go. (yes, I knitpick even the coolest cars).

      • 5 Years Ago
      Anyone else just get a woody?
      • 5 Years Ago
      rooster, i understand that, but edmunds did a test with the hennessey camaro (650hp) against the super snake mustang and again the camaro was able to get traction and the super snake couldnt. The super snake had more power but couldnt put it down. I understand these are not stock cars, but its an example of the camaro being able to put down its power.

      The mustang might be close on power now but i dont think it will be able to put it down. On a roll out it will be very close, but from a deadspot i think it will lose.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Still came down to tires in that test. The Super Snake was equipped with far to little a tire to work with 725hp. In reality, with a good tire, the S197's have been doing very very well at the strip, especially after a LCA upgrade.
      • 5 Years Ago
      2011 Mustang > Camaro in every regard.
      • 5 Years Ago
      It's about time ford made a vvt engine for the stang gettin a little exotic now are we. Now they need to work on handling, balance, road feel, steering feed back, etc. Maybe racing in the ALM series will help. Then maybe I'll buy one to put next to my m3, 5 & 6. I used to be an all ford man until my 97 540 which I still have as my daliy driver with 155678 miles & still runs a buck65 (165) I run a buck30 every day in to town & it's never been for internal engine or tranny work just maintainence & window regulators they suck. I put this in so I won't get the bimmer crap. If Ford can build, no wait engineer & build the world class GT then they have the know how to build great cars if they chose too. Oh! I'm not rich just no KIDS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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