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Tuesday, June 16, 2009

New Changes For 2011 Ford Mustang : All-new 3.7L V6 for base Mustang; Track and Handling packs for GT model

Currently, the new 2010 Ford Mustang is already in dealer showroom, with prices starting at $20,995. However, many criticised the 2010 Mustang as 'too similar to the older generation'. Luckily, our readers will now know that this isn't the best time to buy a new 'Stang. Because Ford announced next year, the Mustang will be offered with a fleet of all-new drivetrains, and new track handling packages.

New for the 2011 model year, are all-new drivetrains for the base V6 and V8 GT models. It's just been announced that the current 4.0L 210 hp V6 for the base V6 Mustang, which doesn't have the guts to go, will be finally replaced by a much more powerful 3.7L V6, which comes from the Lincoln MKS. The new high-revving 3.7L 24-valve DOHC V6 develops 273 hp and 270 lb-ft of torque. So now with the base V6 more powerful that before, it now comes very close to its rival, the 304 hp 3.6L V6 in the base Camaro LS. Reports that Ford is developing the new base V6 Mustang faster than the Camaro LS V6. As for the V8 GT trim, Ford confirmed earlier this year, that the 2011 Mustang will replace the current 315 hp 4.6L V8, with an all-new 'Coyote' 5.0L V8, making around 400 hp. Rumors are still looming that Ford might also fit their all-new EcoBoost 3.5L V6 rated at 365 hp, as a mid-level range model to fit the gap between the base V6 and V8 GT.

Also new for 2011 model year, Ford announced that it's coming up with two new packages for the GT to enhance its capabilities. First, is a Track Package, that can be fitted to GT model equipped with a manual transmission only. The Track Package option includes upgraded suspension parts, unique tuning and special 19-inch Pirelli summer performance tyres. There's also a new FR3 Handling Package comes from Ford Racing. Ford Racing’s FR3 Handling Package offers a lower ride-height by more than 1-inch, increases spring rate about 75 pounds to improve turn in and mid-corner performance, adds stiffened front and rear sway bars and offers re-tuned dampers. Pricing for the Track Pack starts at $1,495 while the FR3 Handling Pack goes for $1,335. That should result into the new 2011 Mustang, as one of the best handling sportscars.

To read more about the 2010 Ford Mustang click here

Source : [Ford via TheMustangNews.com]

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