The Fuel Efficient 2011 Ford Mustang

Written by tonks on January 22, 2010

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, 19” 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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Reader Comments

It’s to bad that Ford didn’t do this sooner. Most likely it would have increased sales over the new Camaro and Challenger.But still a move in the right direction. You can never have enough power.

Written By Karl on January 27th, 2010 @ 10:40 pm

Thanks for dropping by my blog. I never thought I would hear Muscle cars and fuel efficiency in the same sentence but then the World is changing and car manufacturers have to respond to the demands of the consumers.

Written By Adam on February 4th, 2010 @ 10:01 pm

are muscle car drivers really going to want or care about their cars being fuel efficient? surely the only thing that matters is how much power it has

Written By Rob on February 5th, 2010 @ 5:01 am

Hope Ford will decide to export this magnific model to other countries than the US.

With that prices, it will be very successful in Europe.

Written By Guti on April 10th, 2010 @ 4:57 am

Fuel efficiency and power are not mutually exclusive concepts. In terms of engines… Both are based upon “volumetric efficiency” … You failed to mention the new V-6 Mustang gets 30 MPG and has 100 more Horsepower than the 2010 version.

Same goes for the new 5 liter V-8 … both Horsepower AND fuel economy have increased for 2011. These days, even Ferrari is starting to come up with some reasonable fuel economy numbers.

Like I said… using technology to improve volumetric efficiency achieves both goals. Another big improvement is 6 speed transmissions… which … with proper rear end gearing… can give you lots low speed power… AND … decent fuel economy on the Highway.

Truth be told… there wasn’t a muscle car made in the 60s or 70s that I would rather actually DRIVE today than a 2011 Mustang Shelby… or even the Mustang GT.

Getting all caught up in Legend and Nostalgia can’t make up for the technology gains of 40+ years.

Not to mention… throw in SAFETY … and those old cars can’t hold a candle to the current crop of muscle cars.

We really do have a great selection of muscle cars available right now. My big worry is the government will probably find a way to kill them off in the next few years.

Written By Steve on April 24th, 2010 @ 7:47 pm

And i think people look on the hp and mpg of car nowadays.Primarily consideration as of the economy standing back again from the past economic crisis.Customers are getting more practical in choosing what to buy.But then,nice features.

Written By tyres in Redditch on June 2nd, 2010 @ 9:39 pm

Yeah they must plan to release this one in other developing markets too…… This one can definitely attract more and more customers……..

Written By Cence Alonso on July 22nd, 2010 @ 6:45 am

Yeah i agree with Cence……they must launch it in other developing markets too…..

Written By Bryan on July 25th, 2010 @ 3:46 am

Ford is one the best reputed brand all over the world.I think this car will rock. It will be very good for all the ford lovers in recession as fuel efficient car will be help to save money.

Written By Dump Trucks on August 3rd, 2010 @ 7:29 am

It’s a technology we must embrace, the fuel prices are just getting too high these days…

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