• Feb 1, 2010
2011 Ford Mustang V6 - Click above for high-res image gallery

The 2010 Ford Mustang was by all accounts a pretty significant refresh compared to the 2009 model, with a vastly superior interior, better ride and handling and, some would say, improved outward aesthetics. But there was still something missing. The Blue Oval used carry-over powertrains, and in the case of the 210-horsepower V6 model, nothing changed.

For the 2011 model year, Ford is rectifying that mistake two-fold. The 5.0-liter V8 gets a great deal of press for its impressive 412 hp and 390 pound-feet of twist, but many members of the Autoblog team are just as excited to get their hands on the new 305 hp, 280 lb-ft 3.7-liter V6 offering. We'll likely have to wait a bit longer to curb that urge, but the folks over at Motor Trend have already been given a taste.

MT's Arthur St. Antoine was invited to Ford's Arizona proving grounds to spend some seat time behind the wheel in the passenger seat of the updated ponycar, and though he didn't get to drive he liked what he experienced. St. Antoine calls the new V6 mill "plenty strong," adding that the engine is smoother, stronger and sounds better than the outgoing 4.0-liter six ever could. After some gentle strolling around Arizona, St. Antoine meandered back over to the proving grounds for some laps in a Performance Package V6 model with vehicle dynamics engineer (and Top Gun-level driver) Jamie Cullen. From the perspective of the right seat, the 3.7-liter Stang reportedly was able to handle anything thrown its way with flat cornering, strong braking and near constant contact between the tires and the track. Head over to Motor Trend to read the report from the passenger seat and make the jump for the video.



[Source: Motor Trend]



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      • 4 Years Ago
      Can't wait for the Phoenix V-6. The Challenger will be even better.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Saw one of the 2011's at the Portland auto show but they wouldn't let us look under the hood... g'damnit.

      I'm glad the 3.7 lives up to the hype. Not sure how Ford got that kind of power out of a non-DI design, but i'm stoked to see that it's working well.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Saw that too, and it almost looked like the driver was inducing it for camera shots. Hard to see from the outside without a seat of the pants feel.
        I can say though that if I drove my `06 GT that way (Harsh throttle, steering and braking inputs) it would be crossed up too.
        Looks like the 'stang is pulling @ 60' in the final drag launch ;)
        • 4 Years Ago
        Anyone notice that the rear end on the Ford is the least controlled of the bunch?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Ford does not use SAE certified power.
        They also use 5w-20 oil, and electric power steering.
        • 4 Years Ago
        anyone notice that it's at the "Ford proving grounds"?.... knowing that i'm just gonna assume, that they were Ford drivers in there, especially since MT wasn't allowed to drive.

        you might also notice that the challenger and camaro went around the track at a lot slower speed, with the mustang ripping through it. hmmm... ya, kinda unfair testing i'd say. I sure hope MT doesn't do a review like that.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I like that idea Archane, I just don't think they should do it in a Mustang. Resurrect the Probe or create a new Mercury coupe for that engine. Or heck, slap the EcoBoost 6 in it and call it a day. The Mustang has enough variants already. There'd be little point in making yet another one that won't do much more than encroach on GT territory.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @ Lar7789789

        Some time in Summer, once it comes out you may even be able to get a good deal on Camaro or even a better deal on Challenger.
        Lar7789789
        • 4 Years Ago
        I am ready to buy one of these 2011 Mustangs when they hit dealerships. this august, right?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Oh yeah, it was totally Ford fluff. Dude sounded like a salesman at the end of the video.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Archane - don't forget the 350hp in the Nismo 370Z.
        • 4 Years Ago
        It was a Ford sponsored event. The driver was pushing the Mustang alot harder. Like the reviewer said, it doesn't prove anything except that the Mustang V6 is no longer a liability.
      • 4 Years Ago
      looks like at the end the mustang was pulling away on the other two.. cant wait to see..
      3.7 v6 6speed 0-60 5.5 seconds and 30mpg... crazy...
        • 4 Years Ago
        well jeff,

        read the release on the engine, this setup made more hp and tq. then if it was direct injected.
        • 4 Years Ago
        30 mpg & being quick are mutually exclusive.
        The 30mpg axle ratio is 2.73, the performance axle ratio is 3.31
        • 4 Years Ago
        first I will say "good for ford" - and make everyone here happy.

        second I will say 30mpg and "fast" are NOT mutually exclusive. Case in point my 08 C6 Z06. Which, while on the highway in 6th, going 55-65 with no screwing around I can get 29-31mpg consistently. Of course I can also get 9mpg pretty easy too when I'm on a track :-)

        if they can get 300-330hp out of the V6 without D/I - I would imagine they could do some amazing things by slapping direct injection on it, kicking up the power and getting even better fuel econ. I won't lie, both my cars are chevy's, and I don't really consider myself a die hard chevy guy; ford has been doing some amazing things lately.

      • 4 Years Ago
      Such a nice design. That's a great engine too--aside from the engine note I don't see why most would need or want the GT.
        • 4 Years Ago
        If you have to ask, you'll never know.
      • 4 Years Ago
      not only is the mustang the best looking car of that bunch, but I think the front end of the V6 is better looking than the V8.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Let the battle Begin. My money is on the mustang although I like all 3 in different ways.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Because they are obviously driver-induced and very controlled? I don't know, just a thought.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Awesome, love the grill: clean, elegant and still aggresive

      • 4 Years Ago
      Finally Ford gets rid off that anemic 4.0L of theirs. That engine is pathetic in terms of hp/lbs it produces. Thank god for the challenger even though its chassis is the old MB- W210 found on the 300/charger and the camaro b/c otherwise the mustangs while still have that anchor pos 3.8L @ 193hp! Competition will only make the stang better. Idk y ford always been cheap w/ their engines? Of course to keep the prices down but seriously ppl would of payed extra $$ for a smoother higher revving motor. I doubt that 5-800 bucks more on the car would of hurt the customer or the company. Its about dam time ford woke up, bring those new engines asap across the board! 2.0L/3.5L ecoboost, 5.0L, 6.2L n 6.7L Scorpion diesel. They should make ecoboost standard not just on high end cares like the sho. Ford Bring it on!
        • 4 Years Ago
        True, it would of been good in 94-04 but this 4.0 dates back to 77. I still dont get why they are so heavy @ V6 coupe MT/AT: 3,350 lb (1,520 kg)/3,420 lb (1,551 kg) while the previous gen @ V6 coupe MT/AT: 3,069-3,386 lb. This gen shouldt of been lighter then the previous, i doubt the 2014 will be any lighter unless it reduces its dimensions.
        Lar7789789
        • 4 Years Ago
        To be honest with you, that 4.0 wouldn't have been a bad engine if Ford bumped up the Compession and gave it better breating intake and heads.

        Also, the 4.0 engine was a little outdated for the 2005 and up Mustang, it would have been a good engine for the 1994-2004 Mustang, because those Mustangs were a tad bit lighter and smaller dimension wise.
      • 4 Years Ago
      With less weight, better balance, an extra gear in the trans, and GT suspension and brakes, I wouldn't be surprised if the 2011 V6 laps many tracks at least as quickly as a 2010 GT. The old V6 Mustang was a car that people bought because they wanted the image a Mustang presents, but this one will be bought because it is a bona fide performance car.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Anyone hear any word on whether or not that will be available as a crate engine?
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'd like the new Mustang a lot better you could get body color ground effects instead of the cheap dark plasticy looking trim, its even worse in the GT with the plastic fascia and whatnot. It reminds me of work trucks that have the ugly black plastic grill and bumper.
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