• Mar 23, 2010
2011 Ford Mustang V6 burnout – Click above to enlarge

Right now our man Jonny Lieberman is bombing around Southern California in both the 2011 Ford Mustang GT and Mustang V6. Both cars have received major mechanical upgrades for model year 2011 in the form of two new engines: The return of the fabled 5.0-liter V8 for the GT and a new 3.7-liter V6 for the base model.

Jonny's not allowed to talk about his experience behind the wheel of either car until early next week, but that won't stop us from giving you a sneak preview of the Mustang V6 and its upgraded motor. The 3.7-liter V6 has already been used in such everyday fare as the Mazda CX-9, Lincoln MKS and MKT. It's also destined for duty in the 2011 Ford Edge. The 2011 Mustang V6, however, will give this work-a-day engine an opportunity to shine.

Producing 305 horsepower and 280 lb-ft of torque, the Mustang's version of the 3.7-liter V6 will be the most powerful available. Paired with a six-speed automatic, it will also make for the most fuel-efficient muscle car on the market with a highway rating of 31 mpg. But we're not interested in fuel economy today. We're interested in evidence of how much better the new V6 model will be compared to the current one, which has used the 210-horsepower "Cologne" 4.0-liter V6 since 2005. We think the image above is all the evidence we need. Stay tuned for our full First Drive reports of both models early next week.


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Nice to see that huge smile on his face!

      Can't wait to get my hands on one!
        • 4 Years Ago
        Just got back from south Florida, and Mustangs are all over the rental fleets, both coupes and convertibles. Looks like Hertz better keep a stock of tires ready!!!!!
      • 4 Years Ago
      I am overjoyed that Ford is upping the HP on both the V6 and the V8 by 100 or so...

      ...because that means 2010 GTs will be going for a song early next year. :D
      • 4 Years Ago
      That road is genuine sun bleached Southern California asphalt.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I recently saw this 2010 mustang gt at a Ford dealer. It was black, with fr500 wheels, halogen lights and lowered an inch. I got to admit it looked fantastic. I can't wait for the 2011 to get this setup with the 5.0 engine.
      • 4 Years Ago
      As a gear head who came of age in the 80's, when 300 hp was the realm of Ferrari's, purpose built 350 small blocks and ZR-1s, I just have this to say.

      *grin*
      • 4 Years Ago
      Just funny when you think that the new base model w/6-cyl. engine is more powerful than last year's (actually THIS year's) V8-powered GT. Crazy.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @ Mad_Science:
        Luckily, mine still manages to out-muscle both of the new engines. Even though my '03 (on paper) only beats the V6, the "real" HP figure for the engine still enjoys a decent advantage over the Coyote V8's 412HP. That said, I DO find it amazing how a stock GT is breathing on performance levels of a Terminator Cobra.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Nice.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I like it but did anyone notice that's a gravel road he's on and that's dust, not smoke by the tires. I could do this with a four-banger on gravel.

      Doesn't take away from the car though and the improvements though. Just kind of a phony pic.
        • 4 Years Ago
        You can blame California for its sh!tty, lowest-bidder pavement contracting practices, but not Mr. Lieberman. That is, indeed, bleached-out low-quality CA asphalt.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Hi.

        I was on pavement, not gravel.
      • 4 Years Ago
      "I'm a fking loser who needs attention!!!" - Nozferat


      Thanks for letting us know.
      • 4 Years Ago
      how the times have changed, it used to be that the imports had great power out of their V6 and inline 6, seems that the tables have turned and now Mercedes has to do something for their anemic 3.5L V6 that only puts out 268hp which is a bit of a joke when you consider how much you have to pay for it. That engine should have at least 40 more HP
        • 4 Years Ago
        It does, just look at the 'sports' version (red something or other on the engine)
        It is 300hp in the SLK350, more than that in the SL350-311hp.

        The regular version is all about easy torque. 258ft-lbs@2400, holding through 5000rpm.

        The sport version raised peak power from 268hp@6000, to 300hp@6500, peak torque is also up to 265ft-lbs@4900. (MB removed the dual length intake runner system)

        and there is a direct injection version also; 288hp@6400, 269ft-lbs@3000-5000
      • 4 Years Ago
      Why does that Mustang looks like poop?

      THIS is the 2011 (the only one with the 305hp V6):
      http://www.itechnews.net/wp-content/uploads/2009/06/2011-Ford-Mustang-to-get-3.7-liter-DOHC-V6.jpg

      The red one looks like a 2009.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yeh thats a 2010 GT man.

        I like the HID lights in the new mustangs, they look more modern then the halogen ones they use. Just up to personal preference of course but I like'em.
        • 4 Years Ago
        WOW! the fact is Ford has to use "its money" not the taxpayers like GM to build and research engine tech. So the body gets an upgrade and then the engine, or visa versa.
        • 4 Years Ago
        You're wrong.

        The pic you linked is a '11 GT and '09 is a completely different body style.
        • 4 Years Ago
        someone is lost ....the pic you linked to was a 2010 GT

        i never liked what they did for the HID lights ..why did they move them inside? looks cross-eyed ..maybe there was not enough room for ballasts/housing in the other location?
        • 4 Years Ago
        On your picture it's clearly written ''GT'' on the front wing...
        There's visual differences between a V6 and a GT. The red one is a 2011
        • 4 Years Ago
        It's a 2011 V6. Ford has updated the car's front end for 2011 in both V6 and GT trim, and the cars on Ford's site for now are still 2010 models.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @ Hazdaz (in case the Autoblog system screws up my response)

        The Mustang pictured IS a 2011 V6. The reason it looks different than the other pics you've seen is because 1) this one has the HID headlight option (which, BTW, I hate the look of them), and 2) the red car has the optional Pony Package on it, which includes the corral and bar on the grille and the foglights below the bumper. If you weren't busy looking at too many Subarus and were instead looking at REAL cars, you'd know that already...

        Ok, sarcasm turned off now. I feel MUCH better. :)
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Hazdaz ...those are the HID lights ...I agree ...dont know why they switched the location of the lights for the HID ..looks crosseyed to me
      • 4 Years Ago
      good for Ford...AB just called the V6 mustang the most fuel efficient muscle car...where as calling the V6 mustang a "muscle car" any year before the 2011 model year was considered a sin
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