• Jan 12th 2010 at 1:29PM
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Ford's 5.0L V8 – Click above for high-res image gallery
While Ford might not be pulling out all the stops here in Detroit to promote its updated Mustang like it did for the 2010 model year, the 2011 model's improvements are just as significant, if not more. The new 305 horsepower, 30 mile per gallon V6 debuted at Los Angeles back in December, and the long-awaited 5.0L V8 made its official debut here at the NAIAS. Fortunately, there's plenty more to the legendary 5.0 badge than an increase in displacement, and a cutaway motor on the show floor gave us a closer look at all the details.

For starters, the new V8 uses a different bore and stroke to give it an even five liters of displacement, last employed in the Mustang GT in 1995. A larger, single-blade throttle body that replaces the dual unit now works in conjunction with a composite intake manifold runner to provide for better breathing, as do the all-new aluminum cylinder heads that include an extra exhaust valve for a total of four valves per cylinder.

Additional upgraded components include a forged steel crankshaft, stronger forged powder metal connecting rods, high compression pistons, and a fantastic set of tubular stainless steel exhaust headers on each side. Perhaps most importantly, the 5.0-liter V8 receives Twin Independent Variable Camshaft Timing (Ti-VCT), a technology that allows for optimal power or fuel economy depending on throttle input. You can read our in-depth article for even more details on the Mustang's new 5.0-liter V8, or you can see our live photos of the car and the cutaway engine in the galleries below.

Photos by Drew Phillips / Copyright ©2010 Weblogs, Inc.

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      • 5 Years Ago
      That is a nice looking/engineered v8, can't wait to hear how it sounds!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Do we know the country of origin on the exhaust headers? They're really awesome, but they look labor intensive, I strongly suspect they come from the orient.
        • 5 Years Ago

        Some of us don't want to give money to communist dictatorships that commit all sorts of atrocities, and make trash goods. I certainly hope nothing on my car was made in China.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Wouldn't surprise me if they come from overseas. The 2010 LaCrosse has Chinese headlights, taillights, brake cables, parking brake assemblies, all the radio/hvac components, everything OnStar, antenna mount/mast antenna. They make the grab handles over the door in Poland! With every redesign, the notion of an "American" or "Japanese" car is going away. Cars no longer deserve country of origin labeling, sadly.
        • 5 Years Ago
        John, I never said it was the most important thing, nor did I say it was even important. Finally, I never even said that if they were from China it would be a bad thing.

        You decided to put your own biases on there and then condemn me for them.
      • 5 Years Ago
      God, I wish I could backfit my 06' GT with this motor.
      • 5 Years Ago
      now if they would only put as much thought into getting better grip in this car.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Rabble rabble rabble rabble!!! Sorry, lorenzo, I shouldn't have jumped down your throat like that. I've been too punchy this afternoon as it is. You have a valid concern!
        • 5 Years Ago
        Why, are you having a bear of a time carving 0.01 seconds off of your home-to-Walmart time because you can't carry enough speed into the roundabout that exits your suburban community? Give me a break. This car will hang onto a corner longer than your lunch will, I can promise you that.

        As much fun as it was to see a new Camaro come out, now that Ford is back in the horsepower game, I suspect we'll see a steady tapering off of "the other pony car"'s sales. Sure, they'll come out with a Z28 that has an offensive paint job and perhaps even less attractive interior bits, but this latest Mustang GT is back to the kind of car you want to hang onto for your future son to drive to the prom. It's the real deal.
        • 5 Years Ago
        again, I am not talking about the skidpad, I am talking about off the line traction. Wheel spin.
        Check out this IRS!
        • 5 Years Ago
        Inside Line got .91g on the skid pad. How much more traction do you need?!

        • 5 Years Ago
        I dont think people would like it if they came with slicks
        • 5 Years Ago
        412HP/390TQ tends to do that on a RWD coupe with little weight over the rear axle.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I agree, and that is what I am saying they should put some effort into.

        Simple as that - I'm not dissin' the ride, or the motor.
        I just think they should spend some of their effort on getting the power to the ground.
        geeze......really sorry if everyone thought I was bitching about this car.
        love the Mustang, really..........
        • 5 Years Ago
        I guess I meant getting the power to the ground as opposed to handeling.
        All the tests I have read show this thing just spins the tires instead of getting the power to the ground.
      Joe C.
      • 5 Years Ago
      As silly as it sounds I wish I could swap out my 4.95L in my '01 Explorer with this bad boy! It'd be a sleeper for sure. its only got about 200hp more than mine!
      • 5 Years Ago

      I'd love to see a "Boss 302" package for 2011, with some retro colors (I love Grabber Blue), a slight bump in power, a shaker hood, Boss 302 styling kit, retro looking wheels (no stupid over-sized wheels please), rear louvers, interior tweaks, and some exhaust tweaks for extra deep sound and slight bump in power. Offer for about $1.5K over a GT. :)
        • 5 Years Ago
        I agree, except you can keep the louvers, and I like those wheels right there! A Boss package is likely to come in a bit higher than $1500 over a GT though.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I really really really really want this car.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Here is an advance STFU to all who will no doubt piss and moan about lack of IRS......

      Behold my new favorite OEM Mustang wheel of all time! What a sweet set of hoops!

      • 5 Years Ago
      Yeah, where's that independent rear suspension? I can't believe that they haven't gotten around to that yet. Guys (talking to Ford), you already had it on the previous generation! I hope that the stingy, short sighted, miserly beancounter who took that decision (dumping the IRS to "save money", and it wasn't the case) got sacked!
      Otherwise, way to go, Ford.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Who are you kidding? even if this Mustang Came with IRS you wouldn't buy one, Do you think if Mustang owners really wanted an IRS setup for the Mustang there would be at least one after market supplier offering one? nope...you can buy 1001 things from the after market companies for the Mustang except an IRS because they know Mustang owners don't want it. If you don't like it, it ain't for you or you're prob the top 1% of people that would buy a Mustang if it had an IRS... will even add that even Last Gen Cobra owners with IRS setup were swapping their IRS to live axles gee I wonder why????
        • 5 Years Ago
        I remember reading an article that stated if Ford had put an IRS on this car it would have cost 500 dollars more per car. I'm pretty sure a lot of people would be willing to pay 500 dollars to have an IRS.
        • 5 Years Ago

        I believe that '03 and '04 Cobras both had IRS. I think a solid axle would've been better for those considering the amount of power you could easily extract from them.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Russ said on: 10:46pm (12/18/2005)

        "An IRS would break under drag conditions."

        some pictures of a fullsize Daf truck modified by Ginaf racing Dakar rally

        jeremy clarkson is totaly right, americans can't and don't know how to build cars
        : )

        if life axle's where that good, F1 would be using them, don't you think?
        the mustang is a big HOAX, a stick up, flintstone technology.
        • 5 Years Ago
        no IRS kits for the mustang? What? how about this one:

        This is a bad ass setup for new mustangs.
        • 5 Years Ago
        When Ford designed the '05 (S197) Mustang, they felt that IRS didn't fit the character of the Mustang. Plus, the last time they built Mustangs with IRS, the late '90s Cobras, they had vibration problems related to the differential, that were a warranty hassle.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I wonder if the camshaft timing basically replaces or achieves what variable valve timing would be doing? Yeah, it's basically vtec, kinda funny.

      And how the hell are they getting a 11:1 ratio without direct injection on regular gas. It doesn't make sense!

      Anyway, this engine is just as impressive as any BMW or Infiniti mill, and i'm really proud of Ford for putting it in their Mustang.. and hopefully various other vehicles too.
        • 5 Years Ago
        This would be more like cam phasing, like Porsche's old Variocam I think.

        The compression ratio indeed very high, it must have a really good cooling system (reverse flow just for starters).
        • 5 Years Ago
        VTEC has "lift" as well. This doesn't have that, so no relation to VTEC or Nissan's VVL.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Ford has been using cam phasing on Mustangs for a while now. They had it on the last generation of engines....you needed to eliminate the system if you went with high lift cams.
      • 5 Years Ago
      This is not VCT, because it has more than 1 camshaft per head.
      This is VVT
      Hey look, it appears as if Ford wasn't the first with CTA

      The engine doesn't make 400+hp when you use 87AKI gasoline.

      There is nothing special about this engine, just contemporary design and execution.
        • 5 Years Ago
        where do you read it doesnt make 400+ hp on 87 octane? im kinda having a hard time believing it too but its what theyre claiming is it not?
        • 5 Years Ago
        A well executed engine is a well executed engine even if it doesn't break new ground. Customers appreciate well executed engines, so I don't see how it's any kind of insult.

        I rather suspect this does make rated power on 87AKI and will assume so until I find otherwise. I know it seems extraordinary, but technology marches on. People keep repeating the untruth that the GM LNF doesn't make full rated power on 87AKI and I don't wish to be part of cementing a rumor like that against another engine that doesn't deserve it.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Ford brings a yellow GT to the auto show? Don't they know that yellow and all shades of yellow are trademarked by GM for use of Bumblebee?
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