Ford Mustang V6 gets 305 hp for 2011
The base Ford Mustang V6 has been the laughing stock of the sports car world since forever. It is so embarrassing that Ford doesn’t even bother offering it in the GCC. And yet, it is responsible for most Mustang sales in the United States, picked up by secretaries and hairdressers in droves. However, as long rumoured, Ford has finally injected the base car with respectable power, fitting it with a new 3.7-litre V6 engine that puts it in the thick of the competition.
The new Duratec 3.7-litre V6 is a thoroughly modern aluminium unit, offering 305 hp and 379 Nm of torque, making it only slightly less powerful than the existing 315 hp 4.6-litre V8 in the 2010 Mustang GT, and a whole lot more potent than the outgoing 210 hp 4.0-litre Mustang V6.
Other features now include a 6-speed manual or automatic, a 7000 rpm redline, now standard limited-slip diff, larger brakes and revised suspension. The automatic gets better fuel economy than the manual, at 9.6 litres/100 km versus 10.0 litres/100 km, both infinitely better than the old V6 that is also found in the current Explorer. A new air-intake is fitted, and oil change intervals have been increased to 16,000 km due to a new deep-sump oil pan.
Upgraded trim includes a facelifted front end, dual exhaust tips, programmable key and a garage door opener.
The optional Mustang V6 Performance Package comprises of a 3.31 rear-axle ratio for quicker acceleration, firmer Mustang GT suspension, 19-inch wheels, performance tyres, a strut tower brace for increased chassis rigidity, and unique electronic stability control calibration with sport mode.
While the new V6 debuts at the 2009 Los Angeles Auto Show soon, it is expected that the 2011 Mustang GT will get a new 400 hp 5.0-litre V8. It is unknown if the V6 Mustang will now be offered in the GCC. For specs and prices on the UAE model, visit the Ford Mustang buyer guide.