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2011 Ford Mustang V6 – Click above for high-res image gallery

For model year 2011, Ford has put three new engines into its Mustang that give the pony car both more power and better fuel efficiency than ever before. Nonetheless, even with a V6 that is rated at 31 miles per gallon on the highway along with 305 horsepower, it would still be hard for Ford to sell the Mustang in Europe. While Ford has occasionally offered the Mustang overseas, it has never been a big seller.

Now that the automaker is living by the "One Ford" philosophy where it sells the same cars globally, it apparently wants to have One Mustang as well. During last week's edition of Autoline After Hours, Mustang chief engineer Dave Pericak discussed what it would take to offer the Mustang in Europe where diesel engines are the dominant motivators. Ford builds the 3.0-liter turbodiesel V6 that goes into European Jaguars like the XF and XJ. In its latest incarnation, the V6 diesel produces 270 horsepower and a massive 443 pound-feet of torque. In the XF, this engine is rated at 34.6 mpg (U.S.) combined on the EU test cycle. Similar results could be expected from the lighter Mustang along with decent performance. If such a model ever happens, it is likely still a couple of years off – and it's unlikely that a diesel Mustang would ever come to America. That said, would you ever want to see it sold here? Drop us a line in 'Comments.'

Photos by Drew Phillips / Copyright ©2010 Weblogs, Inc.

[Source: Autoline After Hours]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      Would be a cool for a drag car, crazy torque.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I think Ford would have to do some tricky stuff to get the F/R balance of the car right. A diesel engine weighs a lot more than a similar gasser, and in the Mustang (which is already nose heavy at 54/46) that could be a killer for any fun-to-drive comparos. People love smoking tires, but if you can NEVER get traction around a corner it gets old after a while.

      I'm thinking a V6 made from the same compacted graphite iron that the new Super Duty engine is made from, with the battery mounted in the trunk... maybe aluminum hood/fenders and regular steel rear decklid.
      • 5 Years Ago
      In spite of our historic disdain for diesel, it is inevitable with CAFE standards rising that we will see a move to the new tech diesel here along with other engine refinement to increase MPG.

      Diesel may never be a major play here as in Europe, but it is going to be part of the mix as performance is enhanced by technology and a large enough segment of the market still desires torquey power and fears their batteries failing or losing charge during a long trip.

      • 5 Years Ago
      oh yes, gimme a diesel Mustang and a G-Wiz- the perfect 2 car garage!
        • 5 Years Ago
        oh and have dr. kevorkian drop my place when he has a minute.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Why not?
      Powerful torque....capable of speed....very decent MPG plus it's great looking automobile with super handling characteristics.....possibly the best of all worlds ?
      Europeans can't be all wrong.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Yes, in America we are eager for diesel performance cars, but NOT based on classic pony cars. A diesel Fusion heck yeah, diesel Mustang, hellz to the no. What we WANT here is options, like EcoBoost 4cyl and V6s. Even a SHO level EcoBoost V6 at 365hp would be well below the GT in hp figures, but provide a whallop of torque that the Coyote V8 can't match. A lightweight "SVO" style model would be nice with a 300hp EcoBoost 4cyl. Having options is nice, just look at European cars. You can get a BMW 3-series in 14 different combinations with four engines in a coupe, convertible, or wagon, two door coupe or four door sedan, and then you have an additional three M3 models. No reason that a Mustang couldn't have four or five different engine combinations to please a wider market. At least Ford didn't go the GM and Chrysler route and make the new Stang even heavier, and that shows in the performance that is being measured in the new GT vs. the SS and SRT8.
      • 5 Years Ago
      So we could have a V6 with 35 less horsepower in exchange for higher gas mileage and a crapload of torque? Seriously, who WOULDN'T want this? As long as you can still toss it around and get off the line with some urgency, I can't see any downsides to this idea.
      • 5 Years Ago
      id buy one in a heartbeat. the economy and the power in a diesel would make it so worth the money. im not sure if id like to see it replace the v8, however this would be better than an ecoboost. put the 3.0 liter diesel or something similar on the lot next to the new 5.0 and bang, there goes the camaros sales. i cant wait to see how the blue oval boys will handle this, but i hope they decide to do this. while were on the subject of bringing diesel motors to america, put the diesel that gives the fiesta 60+ mpg and ill own one of those too.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Time to re-think sleeper Mustang
      • 5 Years Ago
      In a word....no.
      Can understand it from a business sense, for Europe though.
      • 5 Years Ago
      To make it appealing and to justify the cost, it has to get much better gas mileage than the V6. I'm thinking 40mpg hwy. I think it might be possible.... The BMW 335d gets ~35mpg IIRC from a 3.0L diesel.
      • 5 Years Ago
      i'd love one, if only they could boost the HP
        • 5 Years Ago
        That's easy! It's turbo, just turn up the boost :)
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