It used to be that the muscle cars were built and bought based upon the amount of power that was under the hood. Customers loved their sleek look and the ability they had to go faster than anyone else on the road no matter what the cost. But now customers cannot afford this luxury and automakers – like Ford – are designing their well known muscle cars with a fuel economy plan that will help to save as much money as possible.
The first thing to change in the new 2011 Ford Mustang was the engine. The 4.0 liter V6 was taken out and in its place is a brand new variation of the Ford Duratec V6. This is the same engine that is used in the Edge, Taurus, and Fusion. In order to be used efficiently in the Mustang it has been bored out so it is able to displace 3.7 liters. What has not changed is the aluminum construction and the twin independent variable cam timing.
This extra bit of displacement will allow the vehicle to reach 305 horsepower at 6500 rpm and 280 lb-ft of torque at just 4520 rpm. Engineers also replaced the four and five speed transmission with a six speed manual and automatic. The traditional belt driven steering pump has been replaced with one that is electric in order to help reduce the load from the engine.
Ford knew that in order for it to compete with the other fuel efficient vehicles on the market they had to do everything possible to change various aspects without drastically altering the main appearance of it all. The front chin spoiler was made taller to help direct the air flow around the brand new underbody panels and wheel spats on the leading edges of the rocker panels.
With all of the changes made Ford claims that the new Mustang will have a 19/30 mpg (city/highway). The new 2011 Ford Mustang is set to be released to dealers shortly with a starting price of $22,145.
Those who are patient and wait till the summer in 2010 can get their hands on the all new optional ‘performance package’. The package will include a 3.31 rear axle ratio, firmer Mustang GT suspension, 19â€ wheels, summer performance tires with improved grip, strut tower brace for extra chassis rigidity, and electronic stability control calibration with sport mode.
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