• Mar 16th 2010 at 6:43AM
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When it was first announced that the 5.0-liter engine was making a return to the 2011 Ford Mustang, none of us here at Autoblog were really that concerned with the fuel economy. We were all about the horsepower, and at 412 ponies underneath the hood, the 5.0 doesn't disappoint. Ford, however, was thinking about appearances and earth-hugging as well, and managed to make the 2011 Mustang even more efficient than the 2010 model despite all that extra extra power. According to the numbers released today, the new Mustang GT gets 17 miles-per-gallon city and 26 mpg highway with the six-speed manual and 18/25 mpg with the six-speed automatic.

These numbers are not only a huge improvement from the 2010 Mustang with the 4.6-liter V8 (15/23 mpg w/manual, 15/22 mpg w/automatic), but they also best the figures achieved by the Chevrolet Camaro SS - 16/24 mpg when equipped with a manual and 16/25 mpg with the automatic. As reported earlier, the 2011 Mustang V6 claims top honors against its Camaro counterpart as well with an impressive 19/31 mpg in six-speed automatic form.

So what accounts for the improved fuel economy despite the increase in displacement and horsepower? According to Ford, having an extra gear in the car's transmissions play a large role in addition to the Twin Independent Variable Camshaft Timing (Ti-VCT) that can quickly adjust the intake and exhaust valves. Read more about the Mustang's powertrain improvements for 2011 after the break.

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DEARBORN, Mich., March 16, 2010 – The 2011 Ford Mustang GT, powered by a new 412-hp 5.0-liter V-8 engine, adds yet another notch to its belt: an EPA rating of 26 mpg highway when equipped with the six-speed manual transmission, giving it the best fuel economy in its class.

"The 2011 Mustang continues to exceed expectations in every category, and these fuel economy numbers are another chapter in an incredible story," said Derrick Kuzak, Ford's group vice president, Global Product Development. "To offer this kind of horsepower and class-leading fuel economy in a comfortable, beautiful, tech-savvy and affordable package – it's really unprecedented."

With the six-speed manual transmission, Mustang GT coupe is rated at 17 mpg city and
26 highway, while models with the available six-speed automatic achieve 18 mpg city and
25 highway.

The GT's best in class fuel numbers come on the heels of the Mustang V-6, which just last week cracked the record books as not only the most fuel-efficient Mustang ever, but also the first production car in history to produce 305 horsepower and 31 mpg highway.

Mustang GT is powered by an all-new 5.0-liter double-overhead-camshaft (DOHC) V-8 with a host of advanced features to deliver the combination of power and class-leading fuel economy.

Twin Independent Variable Camshaft Timing (Ti-VCT) adjusts the valvetrain in microseconds depending on driver inputs. A carefully tuned intake and exhaust system ensures free breathing at all engine speeds. And all-aluminum construction results in a lightweight yet durable powerplant.

A pair of new transmissions, both with six forward ratios, also play a large part in making the 2011 Mustang a breakthrough car. Regardless of whether drivers want to shift for themselves or let the car shift for them, they're treated to carefully chosen gear ratios to maximize fuel economy while still delivering high-horsepower performance

"Mustang powertrain development has reached a point where customers don't have to choose between fuel efficiency and performance," says Barb Samardzich, Ford vice president of Global Powertrain Engineering. "Thanks to technologies like Ti-VCT and our six-speed gearboxes, a Mustang driver has the best of both worlds."

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      • 5 Years Ago
      Epyx, I would take that even further... the IS-F has less torque that comes much later in the RPM range and the engine is less efficient even with an 8-speed auto. Along with that you get a car that costs 2x as much and has worse ride quality than a LRA Mustang!!!
      At least you get unintended acceleration... afterwards you wet your pants and you can fill it up with water and watch the steering wheel wash them for you.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'm very happy to hear this. Based on my experiences with my 2006 GT (manual), actual highway mileage should be close to 29-ish. Fueleconomy.gov has my GT listed at 23 MPG highway, but I routinely see 26-27 on long highway trips. They also list the 06' as being 15 MPG city, but I see about 17-18 around town. Owners of the new 2011 will likely see better numbers than what the EPA has estimated.
        • 5 Years Ago
        hey my name is Joe and I have an `06 GT too, well, my wife's technically... Its an auto and we will typically see 17-18 around town and 23-25 loaded w/ ac on cruising on the highway.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I never liked how they went back to using those black plastic liners and panels on the lower body, looks so tacky. Not to mention the ultra cheap plasticy interior really ruins a great engine and style. :(
        • 5 Years Ago
        I'll be the first to admit that the interior in my 06' GT is plasticy, but the 2010+ models have an amazing interior! It's ridiculous to say that they've got an "ultra cheap plasticy interior." That's just insane.
        • 5 Years Ago
        ultra cheap compared to what?
        • 5 Years Ago
        every time I hear, cheap plastic - I come to the same conclusion what do you want for the Money really???? You want leather dash with soft touch plastic everywhere get a Benz....It's all relative people should stop being hypocrites...
        • 5 Years Ago

        The black plastic at the bottom of the body panels is to visually lower the car. This was an intensional move by Ford. If you see it in person, it really does the trick. The car looks absolutely fantastic going down the road (in my opinion) and the black plastic panels do exactly what they are meant to do. That, combined with the raked forward grill and ass end make the car look very fast.
        • 5 Years Ago
        all of these sort of vehicles which costs less than 30k and is a performance vehicle including the hyundai genesis coupe can't afford those luxo stuff from premium cars because its all about the fun of driving it around and who cares if there are some plastic in it? at least its inexpensive and fast at the same time and the same goes to hyundai. All those ppl saying hyundai is plasticky, think about the value and nobody rlly cares about plastic in their cars - every car has some plastic.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Mustang is now sitting in a pretty comfortable position that, with a few annual tweaks, should get it through the next three years until the 50th Anniversary edition shows up with an all new version.
      Way to Go Ford!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Oh man this baby looks soooo sweet. I'de take it over any Camero and I love Cameros too!! Great car and I'l bet you that you would be hard pressed to find many stock cars that will out run it out of the showroom. Looks so much better than any Jap tin junk car. I want one I think I will buy this pony...
      • 5 Years Ago
      Starting to SUCK again !!! They did ok for awhile.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Nice car---WAY behind the Camaro in styling. No comparison really.
      • 5 Years Ago
      ... but, but, but that's unpossible.

      Increasing fuel economy will DESTROY performance and make cars DEATH TRAPS!1!!

      ....or so we would have been led to believe if we continue to listen to the clueless naysayers that have been holding back progress in the automotive world. 17/26 is great mileage for a 400hp car. Ford should be very proud of their accomplishment.
      Go Science and Engineering!
        • 5 Years Ago
        @ Dan

        That's why it's called Corporate AVERAGE Fuel Economy.

        ONE car is not going to tank a whole company's fleet if all the other ones are at least remotely efficient, so your idea that a V8 is going to be some ridiculously expensive option is totally fear-mongering.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Of course CAFE didn't ruin this car because at 17/26 on the sticker it doesn't come anywhere near meeting CAFE.

        Give it 5 years for the new standards to kick in and you'll see an $8,000 premium for the V8 to keep demand down and the average up.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Luis in case you didn't know it BMW stands for Break My Wallet. Support Ford it's the only American car company left and will need all the help it can get to withstand attempts to sink it by the socialist half breed in Washington.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Enthusiasts should give Ford a big thumbs up for putting out this car. Every manufacturer who wants to have a "sporty car" in their lineup is going to have to step up to the plate and up their vehicles' performance in a serious way in response to this.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The 2011 Mustang V6 is a huge accomplishment... Ford basically managed to copy the engine in my 2007 MDX woo hoo! And the V8 too - they are actually using 4 cams? OMG, didn't Toyota sell 4 cam v8s in the us starting in ...wait...i think it was late 1989? (1990 LS400). Finally, a Mustang with the same power output per liter (80hp/liter) as an early 2000s Japanese family sedan! And that 6th cog - ingenious.

      Why is everyone blowing Ford for finally doing what they should have done 10 years ago?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Did the LS400 have 412hp and get the same MPG? For that matter, what modern Lexus matches those numbers?
        • 5 Years Ago
        People like you need to learn to not type anything at all if you have no idea what you're talking about. The 1993 Lincoln Mark VIII had a DOHC 4.6L V8 in it.
        Ford has been using DOHC 4V V8s for awhile now. My 2003 Mustang has 4 cams and makes 100 RWHP per liter with old technology.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I guess it just comes down to what you can afford, becuase getting a GT for only 3 mpg less fuel economy than the v6 is a great selling point for them.
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