• May 26th 2010 at 12:31PM
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Jay Leno reviews the 2011 Ford Mustang – Click above to watch video after the jump

It was only a matter of time before Jay Leno got his hands on the new 2011 Ford Mustang GT. It's no secret that the guy is a fan of Detroit ponies – he owns a minty 1965 Shelby GT350 that he claims is one of his favorite cars to drive. Now it looks like he's added the newest generation 5.0 to the flock. As you might expect, he's been so kind as to share his impressions with the interwebs via an episode of Jay Leno's Garage.

You might be surprised to hear what the comedian has to say about the car. On more than one occasion, he compares the new Mustang to high-end metal from Mercedes-Benz and BMW. This isn't the first time we've seen that connection drawn. Hop the jump to see the video.

[Source: Jay Leno's Garage]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      jay lenos a cool guy
      • 5 Years Ago
      Nice review by Jay. Make my GT red.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'm not much of a Ford fan...but DAMN that thing sounds good.
      • 5 Years Ago
      thats a pretty slick photoshop pic hahah
        • 5 Years Ago
        @Benfolio. Good eye. I just assumed Jay's wife drove a Tempo.
        • 5 Years Ago

        That's the SHOgun. Not a Tempo, but a Festiva.

        Nice all-Ford picture though... I even see a little bit of the Cobra back there.
        • 5 Years Ago
        atleast someone admits that cars pruduced in USA prior to 2001 suck.
        : )

        leno doesn't know to how to drive stick.
        also it seams the stick is very hard to mannage.
        i mean, it looks like he needs much effort to put in gears.

        but he definitely doesn't know how to drive a manual.
        from 3rd into 5th?
        he even looks to the stick when he shifts.
      • 5 Years Ago
      You know, I used to think Jay Leno would be an integral part of any Top Gear USA dream team... but this review is kitschy and blah and I've changed my mind. Maybe I've just been spoiled by TG, but most car reviews I see on American TV are horrible!
      • 5 Years Ago
      I know I'm a stickler, but he pointed at the 306hp GT350 and said 271hp, which was a standard K code hipo Mustang. Other than that, no complaints. Car sounds and looks fabulous.

      Can't wait to buy one. Unfortunately, I don't buy brand new vehicles anymore, so I'll have to wait until a nice used convertible with 10k on the clock becomes available.
        • 5 Years Ago
        don't buy new cars aswel, i would hate when someone scratches the paintjob, like they did on my brandnew Golf Mk IV tdi back then.

        i recently wanted to paint my car myself and i did.
        never did it before but i had acces to a professional booth (hence being a machanic), so i toke the car apart every nail and screw, down to the last bit.
        will not do that ever again, it's takes lots of experience to sand paper a car.
        it's very difficult for someone that hasn't done that before.
        but various primer coats and some black spray to find holes did the job.

        i don't recommand it to anyone.
        yes, as perfecionist i got it done perfectly.
        but it only lasted 2 maybe 3 months before it was scratched on various spots.
        parking damage form other people.

        here in spain they don't care, the parking spots have only 1 paralel to the sidewalk line.
        the rest is pretty much a war.
        yes, the simply hit the car in front and on the back to get out.

      • 5 Years Ago
      I followed a new Mustang this morning. Sequential turn signals just like the old Cougars. very neat.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Too bad they haven't figured that out yet - that was a Cougar (and T-bird) thing and not a Mustang thing...

        I'd still like to see a Cougar spin-off on this new platform. Kinda like the Nissan Z and the Infinity Coupe.
        • 5 Years Ago
        and by "new" I mean the 2005+ SN197's
      • 5 Years Ago
      Unfortunately, the Brembos are not standard equipment. I also wish he had commented on the glass roof. I love how half of the driving review was him repeating "Wow, this is fun to drive."
      • 5 Years Ago
      The first thing I hear after playing the video is a girl talking about how she wanted a bra with more lift. Marketing failure!
      • 5 Years Ago
      This is the Mustang that will bring me back from the imports! I had Mustangs years ago, and like Jay said, they lost their way... Can't wait to own one of these new ones!
        • 5 Years Ago
        I have to completely agree, I have hated American cars with a passion. America can keep the Camaro and Challenger, they follow the same useless formula that drove the muscle car out of the market so many years ago. Give me a '11 Mustang GT in black. I didn't like the 'pre-facelift' interior but haven't gone to a dealership to see the '10-11 interior.

        The only gripe I hear in comparisons is the 'lack of soul' in the car that the imports have. It's a very magazine friendly car.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Exhaust note sounds amazing, makes me want a new mustang!
        • 5 Years Ago
        The new "11" Mustang is again proving why Ford is America's only solid automobile manufacturer IMO. Add to that the fact that they have producing a solid small car for a long time to compete with the likes of Honda and Toyota and you see an even more clear picture.
        • 5 Years Ago
        It's got a baritone exhaust note...which isn't bad once you step on the throttle.

        But the exhaust sounds better in the 4.6L (in my opinion).
      • 5 Years Ago
      I've had two Mustangs, A 67' Coupe with a 351 Cleveland (Yes a Engine Swap!) even the FMX trans... I also had a 79' Cobra, but once a friend of mine lost a screw down the carb, I put in a '85 roller cam H.O 5.0L, ran 12's on the bottle, real dual exhaust (had to install double hump crossmember) and street radials (no such thing as drag radials in those days, late 80's)

      The later Foxes have terrible ergonomics and I always hated the position of the shifter in the SN95 cars.

      The S197 is a much better car all around. This (2011) car, especially the handling represents all they have learned racing the car in Continental Challenge, FIA European GT4 (for which it was champion two yeas straight) and FIA European GT3 (where it struggled to keep pace with the front, but Marc DVS has engineered a new 2011 Mustang with IRS).


      About half way you see them, the De Doncker Mustang (White) and the Cric Mustang (Red)

      Suriprisingly nobody imported the Boss 302R over for this season and no Mustangs entered in the European Championship but I believe there is one in the Dutch GT4 Championship.

      Anyway the point is, its not shocking or surprising what American manufactures have been able to do. There is basically no difference between what's being made in America, Japan, Korea or Germany. When the Chinese and Indians finally hit this market they'll be on pace as well.

      This car is more than likely what Jay and others have said, its the Audi S4, BMW M3-V8 and Benz C63 without the $20K increase in price and gas guzzlers tax...

      The quality of materials is less but it doesn't have to show it and it doesn't.
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