2011 Ford Mustang Overview
After going through an interior/exterior refresh last year, the iconic 2011 Ford Mustang adds two more powerful engines giving Mustang drivers and enthusiasts more horses under the hood.
Ford makes a significant change under the hood with two all-new engines. A standard 3.7-liter, 305-horsepower V-6 engine replaces last year’s paltry 4.0-liter, 210-horsepower engine, and is mated to a six-speed manual, with an optional six-speed automatic transmission. The 2011 Ford Mustang is quicker off the line with 280 pounds-feet of torque (compared to 240 in 2010). Fuel economy for the V-6 is not only impressive, but more efficient than the 2009 model with 19 mpg in the city and 29-31 mpg on the highway.
If you are a real Ford Mustang enthusiast and you want all the muscle that the 2011 Mustang can offer, then you will salivate over the new 5.0-liter, 412-horsepower V-8 that produces 390 pounds-feet of torque. Like the V-6, the V-8 is mated to either a six-speed manual or automatic transmission and both are rear-wheel drive. Fuel economy for the V-8 is an unexpected 17-18 mpg in the city and 25-26 mpg on the highway.
The 2011 Ford Mustang competes with other muscle cars, the Dodge Challenger and Chevrolet Camaro. However, you don’t have to leave the Ford family if the 2011 Mustang doesn’t cut it—the 2011 Ford Shelby GT500 and its 550 horsepower are simply monstrous. Like last year, the 2011 Mustang is available as a coupe or convertible and in four trims: V-6, V-6 Premium, GT and GT Premium. The convertible features a power-folding top and optional soft boot for open-air fun, while the coupe adorns an optional panoramic glass roof.
Once inside the 2011 Ford Mustang, you can enjoy an optional 8-inch, voice-activated touch screen navigation system with SIRIUS Travel Link. Two powerful Shaker audio systems are available – a 500-watt version and an Earth-shattering 1,000-watt version with dual trunk subwoofers. An auxiliary audio input jack will accommodate your iPod® with ease, and SIRIUS® satellite radio comes standard. The SYNC™ Communications and Entertainment System lets you use voice commands to access your music collection by genre, album, artist or song title and operate your Bluetooth®. Standard cloth or optional heated leather seating surfaces wrap around supportive front bucket seats, while coupes feature a 50/50 split fold rear seat back to handle large cargo items.
For safety, all Mustangs come with dual front and side airbags, and an anti-lock braking system is optional on V-6 models and standard on GT. An electronic stability system is new for 2011.
If you have a need for speed and power, and you dig the classic American muscle car style—the 2011 Ford Mustang can’t be beat.