Yesterday, Inside Line took some bit of Ford Mustang news and gave it to the world to swallow. That news was that the 2011 Ford Mustang GT would get the Coyote 5.0L V8 engine. And even better news was that it would produce 412hp. But that information just had us salivating for more! At least, I know I was.
Today, though, AutoWeek has come to our aid and let the cat out of the bag; along with the 412hp 5.0-liter V8, the new Mustang will have 390lb-ft of torque. As I also told you yesterday, the new engine is an aluminum block, which would help save weight, but it also helps the new car achieve 25 miles per gallon… The engine, in order to make this happen has, all-new heads with four valves per cylinder, cast cylinder sleeves, vertical intake ports with twin independent variable valve timing, tuned exhaust headers, forged steel crankshaft with four-bolt main bearings and new pistons and connecting rods.
Attach all of this new technology to the Mustang’s all-new 6R80 6-speed automatic, or better yet, (and FINALLY! might I add…) Ford’s first Mustang GT with a 6-speed manual! The MT82, to be exact. I’ve heard the MT82 is supposed to be able to handle a lot more power and torque than the old 5-speed gearbox.
Congratulations, Ford, for stepping up to the competition. I was told by Paul Randle, head of the Mustang team, at the LA Auto Show in 2008, to keep my eyes peeled. He said that Ford would not let us down with the new Mustang. He also said that there would be many new developments to help maximize the effectiveness of the Mustang. I guess this is what he was talking about.
May I just say, now this is what I call a very, Merry Christmas for Mustang fans.
Look out for this new engine and car to debut at the 2010 Detroit International Auto Show in January.
By the way, what will happen to the Chevrolet Camaro and Dodge Challenger? Will they go hard fought into the dark, dreary night, just as they have done before? Or will they be able to keep up with Ford and their advances with real sports cars?