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After years of complaints about the ancient old 4.0-liter V6 engine in the base Mustang, Ford has finally replaced it for 2011 and it will be paying dividends at the pump for owners. The EPA has finished certification of the fuel efficiency for the new 3.7-liter Mustang and it is both the most economical Mustang ever and the first car with over 300 horsepower to top 30 miles per gallon. When paired up with a six-speed automatic transmission, the 3.7-liter Mustang is rated at 19 mpg around town and 31 mpg on the open road. Models with the new six-speed manual transmission retain the 19 mpg city rating but drop slightly to an even 30 mpg on the highway. Those numbers top the 18/29 mpg of the V6-powered 2010 Chevrolet Camaro.

The new engine, along with careful calibration of the new transmission, was the most important part of the mileage equation. However, replacing hydraulic power steering with electric power assist and numerous small aerodynamic tweaks helped, too. 2011 Mustangs are available for order now and deliveries will start in the next few weeks. We're told that this is just the beginning of the improvements in the 2011 Ford lineup.

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* New 2011 Ford Mustang V-6 final fuel economy certified by EPA this week at 31 mpg on the highway and 19 mpg in the city
* On sale this spring, Mustang with new 3.7-liter V-6 achieves 305 hp with available six-speed automatic transmission; first car ever to achieve 300-plus horsepower and 30-plus mpg
* New Mustang already has more than 11,000 orders, half for the new V-6

DEARBORN, Mich., March 4, 2010 – The 2011 Ford Mustang today breaks new ground, cracking the record books as not only the most fuel-efficient Mustang ever, but also the first production car in history to produce more than 300 horsepower and more than 30 mpg highway.

The Mustang's official EPA ratings – completed this week – certify that models equipped with the 305-hp 3.7-liter V-6 and available six-speed automatic transmission achieve 31 mpg on the highway and 19 mpg in the city. The standard six-speed manual transmission is rated at 30 mpg on the highway and 19 mpg in the city.

"The Mustang engineering team aimed high and, through hard work, achieved fuel economy numbers that elevate Mustang into a class by itself," said Derrick Kuzak, Ford group vice president, Global Product Development.

"At no other time in Mustang's history – for that matter, in automotive history – have we been able to talk about 305 horsepower and 31 miles per gallon. The Mustang truly is a no-compromises sports car," said Kuzak.

Mustang is powered by a lightweight, all-aluminum 3.7-liter dual-overhead-cam (DOHC) V-6 engine that uses advanced engineering to deliver its combination of power and economy. Twin Independent Variable Camshaft Timing (Ti-VCT) adjusts the valvetrain in microseconds depending on driver inputs, further contributing to the engine's overall efficiency.

The fact that Mustang achieves its top fuel economy rating with the convenience of an automatic transmission also marks a shift in conventional wisdom. Ford engineered a modern six-speed automatic transmission with carefully calibrated gear ratios and shift programs to maximize economy, while still delivering high-horsepower driving fun.

"Advanced powertrains like our Ti-VCT V-6 and six-speed automatic really speak to the future of Mustang," says Barb Samardzich, Ford vice president of Global Powertrain Engineering. "We've proven that, using technology, Ford can deliver both power and fuel economy."

In addition to engine improvements, upgrades to Mustang's body, powertrain and chassis design contribute to the higher fuel economy numbers for 2011. Examples include:

* New Electric Power Assist Steering (EPAS) system eliminates the drag of an engine-operated hydraulic power steering pump
* Six-speed manual and automatic transmissions allow lower cruising revs without sacrificing off-the-line performance
* Aerodynamic changes include improvements like a new front fascia, tire spats on the rear wheels, modified underbody shields, a taller air dam and an added rear decklid seal

The new 2011 Mustang already has more than 11,000 orders. Half of all the nationwide orders are for the car's fuel-efficient 3.7-liter V-6 engine. The 2011 Mustangs are also being equipped with record levels of technology, giving customers the option of choosing navigation, high-intensity discharge (HID) headlamps and rearview cameras.

The new 2011 Mustang goes on sale this spring and will be built at the AutoAlliance International Plant in Flat Rock, Mich.

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      • 5 Years Ago
      Noz: no, not at all. But American safety regulation and emissions regulations have really limited what's possible in a small car. Because of the extra ~600-700lb tacked on to compact cars, engines have had to grow in size quite a bit. Having two catalytic convertors does not help either. OBD2B eats a good amount of low-end power that these cars need. They are cleaner, but slower.

      I'm really excited to see how the ecoboost & GM DI turbo powertrains do. They will create the return of the efficient & fun to drive sport compact. The 'power to weight' ratio is there.. frankly, 'power to weight' has been declining for a good time now. Most sport compact cars are in the 3000Lb range now, due to safety regs, it's disgusting.

      If we didn't have all these f'in SUVs on the road we wouldn't need a half ton of metal packed onto everything.
        • 8 Months Ago
        What post are you answering to?
        • 8 Months Ago
        I forget. stupid commenting system :p
      • 5 Years Ago
      Wow. Ford has actually impressed me. These are numbers that I would expect from hypermiling, but not from the EPA. Good work Ford; keep it up.
        • 8 Months Ago
        Well, the laws are completely different in the USA. Gas is cheap and we don't pay additional tax for using more of it. Our infrastructure is built around this also. It's bad news.

        Raising the CAFE has done wonders thus far, but we still have a long way to go.
        • 8 Months Ago
        Most Japanese and European car manufacturers don't have to deal with the EPA rating system.

        Btw: Ford is a European car manufacturer and they do well at it.
        • 8 Months Ago
        Apparently, Ford is bursting with pride to have lowered the gas consumption of one of their guzzlers below 10 ltrs per 100 km. Most Japanese and European car manufacturers have left this range years ago. Haven't I or Ford caught up yet with current benchmarking?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Will the US be tied to Arab Oil in the short run while we let the Rest of the World Nominate New Technologies? My guess is the Fox-Saudi News network will find a reason we not Innovate into Future Technologies Losing 100 years of job growth to foreign countries.

      The US has not had FEWER Manufacturing Jobs since 1929.
      Is the Republican-Saudi Party going to solve this?
      I think we all know the answer is no.

      • 5 Years Ago
      Is this the DEEP thinking we can depend on from Republicans?
      With nearly 17% unemployment you're going to tell your Retired-Government-Financed-Social-Security-base that these people Enjoy being Laid Off?


      The whole South would be Blue States if the Retired stopped voting. Maybe it's time the Alzheimer's Generation give it a rest and let the rest of the country SOLVE these problems.

      • 5 Years Ago
      Uh . . . that is kind of impressive. They should have been doing this years ago though.

      That 19mpg city is pretty nasty though.
        • 8 Months Ago
        Improvements are a result of much technology which does not spontaneously come into existence. I know that Ford has some new cylinder coatings that improve efficeincy by about 5%. It took years to develop.

        Along the same lines you could say "what is taking the model S so long, it should have been here all along" and it would be about as sensible.
        • 8 Months Ago
        Yeah, those 4.0 and 4.6 engines were embarrassing turds. I'm surprised that they kept them so long.
        • 8 Months Ago
        Augustus; not true.. they didn't even have variable valve timing or DOHC in those motors, just outdated, funky SOHC, circa mid 1990's.

        My '96 car has variable valve timing. Toyotas had it in 2000.. Ford ( and alot of American car companies ) held off on these technologies for way too long.
      • 5 Years Ago
      19 mpg city is aceived by a other cars with similar power... 31 Highway is a big gap... So combined mileage (a more realistic number for everyday driving) will be 25... a big improvement, but not groundbreaking.

      This car must have a ridiculously high final drive ratio. Probably lugging around at idle at ~55 mph with very weak top gear accelleration (Camaro already takes almost twice as long in top gear accelleration as its competitors)- hopefully the automatic will be able to downshift multiple gears quickly..
        • 8 Months Ago
        "If you are too lazy to gear down to pass, you shouldn't be driving a manual anyway."

        The manual doesn't get as high of highway mileage as the automatic. If you figure that a traditional automatic (such as this) has higher internal losses than a manual, then the top gear ratio in the automatic must be even higher. Automatics will be the majority of Mustangs sold, so I hope they figured out how to get it to downshift multiple gears quickly.

        For a Manual (or CVT, DSG), I agree about having a very tall top gear. However, automatics can have a hard time knowing when to downshift.
        • 8 Months Ago
        Snowdog - that's the downfall of cars with undersized engines. If your car wasn't running at 4000rpm on the highway it would be an absolute dog. You'd have to constantly shift into 4th, wearing at the clutch quite a bit. A 1.6 Hyundai accent ( 2007 ) i drove for a bit acted like this too. Very unfortunate.

        Meanwhile, the older Hondas i had ran at low RPM in 5th/4th but were actually dangerous to drive on LA's highways IMO so..

        I ditched my Hondas many moons ago because of this. I realized there was no solution, but the biggest engine i could cram in the bay was a 2.2 which didn't have much more low end torque than i already had.

        On the upside, city mileage is killer on those cars.
        • 8 Months Ago
        I agree with Snowdog on the gearing issue. My wife owns a Fit and I own an older Civic. At highway speeds the Fit engine is between 3500 and 4000rpm, while my Civic is between 2500 and 3000rpm. My Civic gets much better highway gas mileage (about 30% better) but has no trouble with acceleration. I rarely need to drop into 4th. The Fit really could have benefited from a 6th gear or a shorter 5th.

        I have to say congrats to Ford on the 31mpg number. At the end of the day it's mostly about tall gearing and they will be playing the same marketing games as you see in GM's commercials where they only quote highway mileage when comparing themselves to Toyota.
        • 8 Months Ago
        Tall final gears = great.

        I am getting pissed of by short final drives. The Honda Fit turns 4000 RPM at real highway speed it is both annoying and saps MPG.

        Honda fit with 117hp gets 33mpg highway.

        I think I would rather have 300HP and get 31mpg.

        If you are too lazy to gear down to pass, you shouldn't be driving a manual anyway.

        Tall top gear == WIN.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Live it up while you can ford. New hybrids from bmw and audi will beat this easily.

      The tesla roadster sport has 288 hp. The model S Sport will probably top 300hp.
        • 8 Months Ago
        People want to buy fast cars, and if Ford won't sell them, somebody else will.
        Would you rather them buy a 5,000lb German car with the same speed and 2/3rd of the gas mileage?

        The ecoboost cars are some of the most efficient in their class. The only cars that compare are the very expensive German mild hybrids which very few people can afford.

        If you're against fast cars, your problem is not Ford, it's how our government taxes and regulates vehicles.

        As for getting even better MPG; they're already crushing their competitors, can you at least give them credit for that? This car gets the same gas mileage on the highway ( or better ) as a lot of 4 cylinder cars.

        Also, reducing the weight of cars is a key to better mileage. Unfortunately our crash standards are making cars heavier & heavier over time, smaller cars have suffered the most, literally gaining 500-700lb since the 80's. Making a car like the old Japanese compacts is no longer possible. You can't just cut the weight and stick a smaller engine in it and call it a day.

        You may not balk at the next gen Focus, Cruze, Aveo, and Fiesta, all which are estimated to deliver the 25/40mpg range. There's a car with a smaller motor and less weight.
        • 8 Months Ago
        More than that, every redneck in America wants one. If you can convince Jimbo to drive a car that gets 31 mpg, you've made huge progress. The 29 mpg Camaro was a huge hit, and I suspect the die-hard Ford fans will scarf these up in similar numbers.
        • 8 Months Ago

        So you have to have an overweight car with a huge engine to have a fast car?
        • 8 Months Ago
        Matt: Exactly. Those buyers are gonna buy cars like that as long as they possibly can. It's better to hand them something less wasteful than pull the offering based on unrealistic ideals - they'll just go buy a 29mpg camaro or the 25mpg challenger which is even worse ( and much heavier + slower! )

        Sometimes you have to settle for the lesser evil. We do it when we vote every 4 years.

        As for Nozferat, maybe where you live is different from where i do, usually Mustang drivers are chicks or 'bro' types, and i have never actually seen a tuned Mustang before in my life. I have lived in various parts of the west coast also, where tuning is a big deal. They certainly have enough power to begin with, so to add more is usually unnecessary. People are less likely to add more power when it is already ample.

        I have however seen plenty of early 90's Hondas with rice pipes blowing white clouds of smoke all over the place. For some reason, these people are rarely chastised, and somehow they figure out ways to pass smog.

        The ecoboost is not a scam. The 3.5 v6 EB replaces many v8's in Ford's lineup, producing more power, drastically better fuel economy, and much less emissions. What's wrong with that?
        • 8 Months Ago

        Don't be such a tool use that gray matter you have up there.

        If the stupid car can get 31 MPG while supposedly getting over 300HP, why shouldn't they be able to get 40-45MPG by creating a lighter car and using only 200HP?

        You put down numbers of cars that have 2/3 the power or even half the power and get less mileage than the new Mustang yet you mock the possibility of the same downsized engine in this car to not be able to get 40-45MPG while making 1/3 less power?

        So either the MPG numbers for this car are full of crap (because frankly they are just too much better than the competition) or they can do what I claim they should do.


        Ecoboost is a marketing scam. It simply promotes people continuing to purchase cars that don't really need so much power. Again...if Ford really wants to make a good impression, it should do so by downsizing its engines drastically and doubling fuel mileage at the same time. Given the "revolutionary" mileage and performance gains this Mustang is supposed to be getting, I don't see why they can't if indeed what is being claimed here is true.
        • 8 Months Ago
        TIME TO THINK:

        I report cars that emit smoke and pollute grossly. Here in California, there are websites you can report such cars with.

        I actually reported a Mustang (older V8) recently when I was the dealer....the douch had ripped out his cats and the entire area was wreaking with pollution.

        Do us a favor and report these vehicles if you can.
        • 8 Months Ago
        "Additionally, some tuning is beneficial: on a 2004 3.8L V6 Monte Carlo, I put a K&N cold air intake on it, and the highway mpg went from 25 to 28. It also added nearly double-digit horsepower."

        That's funny because i had the same exact results on my 2000 Chevy Cavalier when i had it. It was rated at 29mpg hwy but after a CAI and exhaust i was getting in the low 30's. With minor hypermiling i was getting 36-37mpg. The power boost was also incredible, and i had a 2.2 w/a 3 speed automatic - the worst drivetrain available for that car :P

        I think that the GM motors of that era were either mis-tuned or de-tuned. A CAI and exhaust have done diddly-squat on 3 hondas and this BMW.

        Yeah, i've had a whiff of some of those badly tuned hondas and they smell just as bad as those catless 70's hot rods which are still legal for some reason ....
        • 8 Months Ago
        Different class of vehicle: this is supposed to be a cheap, traditional muscle car, remember?

        Not a $40k+ luxury car.

        It may not be interesting in your eyes, but you have to admit that it's impressive for what it is.
        • 8 Months Ago
        What car has a 200hp 45-50 MPG 4 banger? I had a 200hp 4 in my former Nissan SER Spec-V and I was lucky to hit 30. The Mustang is much heavier. Stop talking out of your ass.

        The Mustang is even more impressive when one compares it to smaller sporty cars with less HP.

        Nissan SER
        2.5L I4, 16 valves, 200 hp, 21 mpg city / 29 mpg hwy

        2.0L I4, 167 HP , 21 / 28 mpg

        MazdaSpeed 3
        2.3L I4, 263 HP , 18 / 25 mpg

        Mini Cooper JCW (this one comes close)
        1.6L I4, 208 HP , 25 / 33 mpg

        V6 Camry
        3.5L V6, 268 HP, 19 / 28 mpg

        V6 Accord
        3.5L V6, 271 HP , 19 / 29 mpg

        Who would ever think a freaking Mustang would get better MPG than an Accord AND still be capable of laying down a strip of rubber!
        • 8 Months Ago

        Nep is right. Most of the people that buy Mustangs (a $20k are, not a $40k+ luxury vehicle most US citizens can't afford) also cannot afford the sort of "tuning" that you describe.

        Additionally, some tuning is beneficial: on a 2004 3.8L V6 Monte Carlo, I put a K&N cold air intake on it, and the highway mpg went from 25 to 28. It also added nearly double-digit horsepower. When I add a pair of Borla's Turbo mufflers, I'll be able to push the efficiency to 30+mpg with another bump in horsepower as well. These types of "tuning" make the vehicle significantly more efficient than stock, and these methods do NOT remove or bypass the catalytic. And, since the engine is getting more miles out of the same gallon of gas, then the emissions are most likely better than stock, as well.

        I also have too much experience living with tuned rice rockets, and have been caught behind them in traffic - they stink, blow out white smoke, and even with the strong emissions laws here in the DC metropolitan area, they somehow aren't caught.
        • 8 Months Ago
        Yes but what is the first thing most of these owners do? They turbocharge/supercharge, change this, change that, remove the cats, etc etc.

        Cars like this don't encourage less consumption...they outright encourage more waste and more pollution overall. But with the marketing Ford is doing with nonsense like this and even bigger scams like Ecoboost, people can feel better about themselves for buying what is pretty much going to end up as a a fuel wasting car.

        How about Ford putting in a 200 HP 4 cylinder getting 40-45 MPG instead...God forbid.
      • 5 Years Ago
      yeah this is in no way green. only electric drive can combine efficiency and power. this is just damage control on a very wasteful engine type.

      it wont last and because it is not a lasting solution it's just stalling instead of doing the obvious which is series hybrid with battery boost aka plugin hybrid.

      little bit less dukes of hazard redneck styling would help too.
        • 8 Months Ago
        It's a Mustang, not a Tesla Roadster or futuristic $40k+ Audi/BMW. At least those who love dukes of hazzard styling will be buying the most efficient American musclecar, wasting less gas in the process.

        Different market segment - maybe it doesn't appeal to you but name me a performance hybrid or electric car for ~$20k that people who dig Mustangs can look at & there may actually be some cross shopping.

        Until then .......
        • 8 Months Ago
        "if you try to understand the truth I speak it will help you understand the truth I speak"

        Sounds like a limerick to me, you're not helping..

        Go ahead and criticize ICE as much as you want, but until there is an affordable alternative, you're barking at the moon. Right now the only real, consumer-ready Electric car for sale is a Tesla, and they've only sold about 1000 of those. They also cost over $100,000.

        Progress, not perfection.
        • 8 Months Ago
        I bet a lot of people would consider my 05 ZX3 Focus a gas efficient vehicle... Well you know what? This Mustang gets better gas mileage.
        • 8 Months Ago
        if you try to understand the truth I speak it will help you understand the truth I speak
        • 8 Months Ago

        Actually I get 33 MPG OVERALL with my 01 ZTS...and it's an auto.

        There's no way in hell a Mustang is going to get better mileage than a Focus...period. Not in real-life it won't.
        • 8 Months Ago
        Plenty of people are in the process of making such cars, so what's your point?

        And are you calling people that can't afford green cars idiots?
        • 8 Months Ago
        a car is only green if it has electric drive with a minor exception for any extreme combustion powered vehicle like VW 1L should they ever make that. they've promised they will at least twice, last time it was due in 2010 but as usual, they are lying.

        the only lasting car design is plugin hybrid. 20% reduction wont do. only 100% will do
        • 8 Months Ago
        global warming doesn't care about market segments. there is no room for idiots in a solution. they have to change along with the cars.

        and it's not about what's available now. the point is what they should make
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'll accept your comment directed at me.
      You may think I'm "Alarmist".
      But, I read Science magazines and papers from "pear reviewed" journals.
      I know how much money the oil and coal industry is spending on a Denial campaign. Hundreds of Millions of dollars that we Know About.
      Then there's the money they put into politics.
      This country allows Foreign, Saudi, ownership of our news media: FOX.
      Yes, from the Saudi Perspective, being aware of the Rate of Change in Climate must be ALARMIST, to some one who want's to see AMERICA stay a Great Nation, allowing Foreign Voices to Shape US policy is Alarmist.

      I'm not bashing FORD here. I'm voicing my concern that this company isn't selling a product with real benefit for America.

      This blog has pointed out: Chinese and Indian industrial growth and it's effect on oil demand, peak oil concerns, and global warming issues. This discussion should have been going on in FORD's Boardroom 10 years ago.

        • 8 Months Ago
        The oil industry doesn't own FOX, it would be a nice and clear explanation, but that does not pass the muster. Hardcore conservatives are not against green energy, they are against the idea of spending multiples of money on something with a benefit that they don't believe in. They also have a vested business interest in the large oil reserves we have in Alaska, Texas, North Dakota, and other states. There's enough private interest here!

        If it were cheap and practical, they would be on the bandwagon just like everyone else. But to them, spending 2x - 3x the money to purchase a vehicle that is less capable than gas cars makes no sense. The green 'morally superior/responsible' marketing turns them off also. I don't like it either.

        As for global warming, i believe in it, but the theory is well-refuted. Antarctica is not melting, and i've heard that it's actually gaining mass. That certainly does not help things. Correct me if i'm wrong about it gaining mass..

        I wish electric tech was ready and capable, but it's not. The Volt and Leaf are going to be a great cars but 80% of the population still can't afford them, also, small sedans/coupes are not for everyone & that's generally the only form that green cars come in. At this time we have to pick the lesser evil. Being in a very slow-fading recession does not help things either.
        • 8 Months Ago
        You do have valid points, but you need to recognize the awareness isn't there yet in the public at large. Crying that mustang shoppers should buy a prius is just not realistic. I'm all for a cleaner environment and getting off oil, but you tend to sound kind of over-the-top. Go read all your posts on this thread then you say "I'm not bashing FORD here."


        A more realistic approach in these conversations would win a more willing consideration of your point of view - and I want your point of view to be heard, because for the most part I agree.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Who wants a boring as Honda Accord when you can get a fun pony car with way more power and just as good MPG?! 2011 Mustang all the way! ^_^
      • 5 Years Ago
      The V6 Accord hybrid was/is only rated at 33mpg highway (on the new EPA test cycle). The Honda does better in the city, 25 vs 19, but given the choose between these 2 cars, I'd choose the Mustang. It's bound to be more fun, and I think it looks better too.
      • 5 Years Ago
      whoops. I meant boring ass Honda.
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