The Mustang’s official EPA ratings – completed this week – certify that coupe models equipped with the 305-hp 3.7-liter V-6 and available six-speed automatic transmission achieve 31 mpg on the highway and 19 mpg in the city. The standard six-speed manual transmission is rated at 29 mpg on the highway and 19 mpg in the city.
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by shnack on Saturday, March 6, 2010
DEARBORN, Mich., March 4, 2010 – The 2011 Ford Mustang today breaks new ground, cracking the record books as not only the most fuel-efficient Mustang ever, but also the first production car in history to produce more than 300 horsepower and more than 30 mpg highway.
“The Mustang engineering team aimed high and, through hard work, achieved fuel economy numbers that elevate Mustang into a class by itself,” said Derrick Kuzak, Ford group vice president, Global Product Development.
“At no other time in Mustang’s history – for that matter, in automotive history – have we been able to talk about 305 horsepower and 31 miles per gallon. The Mustang truly is a no-compromises sports car,” said Kuzak.
Mustang is powered by a lightweight, all-aluminum 3.7-liter dual-overhead-cam (DOHC) V-6 engine that uses advanced engineering to deliver its combination of power and economy. Twin Independent Variable Camshaft Timing (Ti-VCT) adjusts the valvetrain in microseconds depending on driver inputs, further contributing to the engine’s overall efficiency.
by shnack on Wednesday, February 10, 2010
Ford Press Release:
DEARBORN, Mich., Feb. 8, 2010 – Ford’s Special Vehicle Team (SVT) engineers are taking high performance to a new level with the 2011 Ford Shelby GT500, resulting in a car that has an all-new aluminum-block engine, even better driving dynamics and handling, improved fuel economy and more horsepower than ever.
“The SVT team continues to push the performance standards of the Shelby to even higher levels and better refinement,” said Jost Capito, director of global performance vehicles and motorsports business development. “All the changes we made reflect a desire for even better handling and outstanding driving dynamics – from weight savings to improved balance.”
Weight savings, new technology headline all-new aluminum engine
by shnack on Saturday, January 30, 2010
The 2011 Mustang GT and V6 order guide came out about a week ago and now the 2011 Shelby GT500 order guide has surfaced along with pricing. The 2011 Shelby GT500 coupe will have an MSRP of $49,495 and the convertible will have an MSRP of $54,495 with prices including destination & delivery.
The GT500 order guide reveals what we pretty much already knew, the 5.4-liter V-8 will now have an aluminum engine block.
Other equipment changes for the GT500 include standard HID headlamps, MyKey, Electric Power Assist Steering (EPAS), 19-inch forged aluminum wheel for convertible, integrated spotter mirror for side-view mirrors and Shaker 500 & Shaker 1000 audio system ($1,295) now come with single CD.
New options for the 2011 GT500 include the Glass Roof ($1,995) for the coupe and the addition of HD Radio for the Electronics Package ($2,340).
For those performance minded enthusiasts who want even more out of their 540 plus horsepower GT500 a special SVT Performance package is now available. The package includes 3.73 limited slip, unique 19-inch front and 20-inch rear painted forged aluminum wheels with Pirelli tires, Unique front and rear springs, rear shocks, gear shift knob, Shelby stripes, side stripes and spoiler with unique Gurney Flap. The package will set you back a cool $3,495.
For more check out the 2011 Shelby GT500 Order Guide in .pdf form.
For the first time in 40 years, a Ford Motor Company car will be pacing the field for the NASCAR season-opening Daytona 500 when the 2011 Mustang GT, powered by the all-new 5.0-liter V-8 engine, officially starts the race on Feb. 14 at Daytona International Speedway.
A genuine American original returns. The 2011 Shelby Mustang GT350 delivers aggressive performance, exhilarating handling and exceptional craftsmanship. Today's Shelby American team fuses advanced technology with sophisticated design to recreate the spirit, passion and performance that made this muscle car a legend. The all new GT350 remains true to the original, which raced its way to the Winners Circle in circuits across the country in 1965.
The 2011 Shelby GT350 represents the lessons learned over the past 45 years. The American muscle car embodies the passion, ingenuity and energy of Carroll Shelby and his team of hot rodders. With the spirit of the first cars built in 1965, the 2011 GT350 remains true to its heritage, but offers the heart-racing performance that can only be invoked through today's advanced engineering. The 2011 GT350 expresses the ultimate in American performance and design that is uniquely Shelby.
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