• Mar 17, 2010
2011 Ford Mustang V6 Pace Car – Click above for high-res image gallery

Historically, pace cars have been limited to the highest performing models of each brand. That's about to change this weekend when the new 2011 Ford Mustang V6 will serve as the pace car for NASCAR's Food Land 500 at Bristol International Speedway. This will be the second time a Mustang has paced a NASCAR race this year after the new 5.0-liter Mustang GT led the pack at the Daytona 500 in February.

Despite being the least powerful Mustang available for 2011, the V6 model will be more than capable of carrying out its duties thank to its new 3.7-liter engine and six-speed transmission. With 305 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque, it should have no trouble setting the pace on Bristol's half mile oval. The budget pony car will undoubtedly be one of the most efficient pace cars in history as well, with the V6 officially rated at a record 31 mpg on the highway. You can see the new 2011 Mustang V6 pace car in action by tuning into Fox this Sunday at 1:00 pm EST.



[Source: Automobile Magazine]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      I don't know how it works in NASCAR but i'm not sure this pace car pony will be pulling in 31mpg running at full tilt to keep ahead of the pack to prevent the race cars to lose all their tire heat and allow them to keep sufficient down force.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Uh, the pace car speed at Bristol is 35 mph. I think even the V6 Mustang could go a little faster than that at "full tilt."
        • 4 Years Ago
        Do you think it will use the economy axle ratio of 2.73?
        No, it will probably use something MUCH shorter, shorter than the optional 3.31. [which doesn't return 31mpg highway]
        Think 3.55 or 3.73
        • 4 Years Ago
        Of course it won't, that's not the point. Ford is trumpeting the V6 as being powerful while returning good fuel economy when used the way a typical owner would drive it.

        It would be like Jeep using a Patriot as a prerunner--it won't get good mileage when used like that, but it demonstrates that the vehicle is as capable as advertised.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Why aren't these wheels on the 5.0?
      • 4 Years Ago
      i like that grill
      • 4 Years Ago
      You have to admit, that's one nice V6... for years, a mustang V6 meant either A) You were some sorority girl that thought the car was "cute" and you liked how you could put it into "D" and go, or B) A High School kid who wished he had the V8, but could only afford a V6 with one bumper that had primer paint on it from that accident the former owner got into
      • 4 Years Ago
      Like the Hyundai Genesis, you can't go wrong with either engine with the 2011 Mustang.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Surely you meant to say "like the camaro..." Because although the idea of a turbo 4 RWD coupe is cool, the Genesis coupe gets slightly better milage than the v6 camaro and slightly worse milage than the v6 Mustang, both of which have 100 horsepower on the Genesis coupe.

        • 4 Years Ago
        @airchompers

        you do realize the Genesis Coupe comes with a 3.8L V6 with 300hp right?
      • 4 Years Ago
      As a former Tennessee resident, I'd just like to say that it is the Food City 500, not Food Land.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Looks nice; for a V6 and those wheels are a perfect statement. I'm actually thinking about adding the '11 MCOA packaged 'stang to the driveway as my daily driver. Good job FoMoCo.
      • 4 Years Ago
      What about that photograph makes it look like the car has both an under-bite, and an over-bite?

      The grill cants forward to the top.

      The lower intake seems to cant forward toward the chin spoiler, and makes the bumper look like it has receded from being the front of the car.
        • 4 Years Ago
        It's an effin rendering. You're taking the photo completely out of context to bash the car.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Eh still looks a hundred times better than the new GT model.
        • 4 Years Ago
        You're the only person that even understood what you said
        • 4 Years Ago
        The car looks like a gummer, with a huge nose, a huge chin, and no teeth.

        The bumper beam, where it says "mustang" looks too far back, compared to the bottom of the car.

        Is that 1st grade enough of an explanation?
        • 4 Years Ago
        I am not bashing the car. I am questioning the photo.

        It looks like a photograph to me, not an illustration. How does the perspective work that way, if the actual car doesn't work that way?

        Does it hurt you in some way for me to question that, Spartan? Does it mean that much to you?
        • 4 Years Ago
        After looking at the nose for about a minute or so, I can see what you mean.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Call me crazy, but that picture makes me think R35 from the a-pillar back, a little bit....

      Yeah, I'm probably crazy.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Same here, especially the spoiler. The wheels even look GTRish, no?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Well then, maybe I am as crazy as you are... because I can see some GT-R in this picture.
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