The most significant car released this year

You can throw everything you thought you knew about Ford’s entry level pony car out the window. For the performance minded buyer, the V6 version of the Mustang was never in the picture.

Gone is the universally unloved and soon to be totally forgotten 4.0-liter V6. In its place is a very high-tech version of Ford and Mazda’s 3.7-liter 60-degree V6. With it, the 2011 Ford Mustang V6 produces 305 horsepower, 280 pound-feet of torque, and yet returns 31 mpg on the freeway according to the EPA.

Ford is getting serious about aerodynamics. As such, the 2011 Mustangs are four percent slipperier than last year’s models, which themselves were brand new designs. The V6 aero-tweaks include a new upper grill, lower front-spoiler and air dam, an underbody “aeroshield,” a decklid seal, and rear wheel spats.

The 2011 Mustang’s V6 comes equipped with some fancy heads that feature fully variable intake and exhaust valves. Ford claims it takes just “microseconds” to recalibrate the cams and ensure that the engine is always breathing optimally. Again, the results are 305 hp and 280 lb-ft of torque, up from the previous engine’s paltry 210 hp.

Other bits of new mechanical tech include two all-new six speed transmissions – your choice of automatic or manual and a revised suspension, a limited slip differential, a cold air intake, a weight-saving plastic fuel tank and a host of NVH improvements that make the vehicle 15-percent stiffer than last year’s car. Most importantly, the brakes have been enhanced, mostly by way of a larger brake booster.

I think this car is the most significant car released this year, and is an undeniable challenge to the rest of the industry!


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