2011 Ford Mustang: 305 HP, 30 MPG

Ford will equip the 2011 Mustang with an all-aluminum Duratec 3.7-liter DOHC V6 engine that will deliver an estimated 305 horsepower and will help achieve a fuel consumption rating of 30 mpg in highway conditions. The engine will be mated to a six-speed automatic transmission, specifically optimized to return the best possible fuel consumption figures.

“Mustang is completely transformed with this new engine,” said Derrick Kuzak, group vice president, Global Product Development. “Everything people love about the car is still there and now under the hood is a V-6 engine that uses premium technology to deliver the power, the feel, the fuel efficiency, even the sound of the best sports coupes in the world.”

Specifically, the aforementioned engine achieves 19 mpg city and 30 mpg highway with six-speed automatic transmission. Figures are slightly different for the 2010 model with automatic gearbox - 16 mpg city and 25 mpg highway, which means the 2011 version boasts a 25 percent improvement over its predecessor.

Ford expects the 2011 model to earn top safety awards as the car incorporates several newly-designed technologies in this area. For instance, it uses high-strength steel in its body structure and ultra-high strength steel in the door intrusion beams thus providing additional side-impact protection.

Other features include Ford SYNC, with applications such as Traffic, Directions and Information, 911 Assist and Vehicle Health Report, to standard AdvanceTrac Electronic Stability Control.

“This car marks a new type of Mustang,” said David Pericak, Mustang chief nameplate engineer. “We’re using a high-performance quad-cam V-6 with all the bells and whistles in a car that’s become legendary for its handling and roadholding; it’s really going to get a lot of new sports coupe fans excited about Mustang, some for the first time ever.”
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