What is the first thing that comes to mind when you think of modern American sport cars? For me, I think of big, old technology, gas guzzling vehicles with great factory warranties. Call it stereotype but most Americans I have encountered would feel the same way about our domestic vehicles. Especially when comparing to Japanese and European competitors.
However, there are some out there who are working relentlessly to break that stereotype, like Ford. In 2011, the Ford Mustang will get a new engine overhaul. The base model gets a new all aluminum 3.7 liter V6 engine. The engine produces 305 horsepower and 280 foot pounds of torque. That is about 82.4 horsepower per liter, not bad at all. The rev limiter is also bumped up to 7,000 rpm, I love high revving motors! However, what is truly great about Ford’s new Ti-VCT engine is the fuel economy. In automatic trim, the new v6 produces 19/31 mpg and for manual trim, 18/29 mpg! The Mustang will be the first car to produce over 300hp and still achieve over 30mpg. That’s impressive fuel economy considering the vast improvements with only a new engine – a variety of upgrades have also been developed in order to maximize performance, including a revised air intake, a pair of new six-speed transmissions (both automatic and manual), electric power steering, and even some aerodynamic tidying, including a revised front fascia, deeper front air dam, rear-wheel tire spats, different under body shields, and a new rear deck lid seal (autos.aol.com). Most importantly, with the mustang’s new face lift it still manages to be around 3500lbs.
With this kind of power and fuel economy, it will be a strong contender in the V6 class. The Mustang v6 does 0-60 in 5.1 seconds and quarter mile time in 13.7 seconds. This is some impressive performance specs which are pretty darn close to the Nissan 370z 3.7 liter V6 at 4.7 sec, and 13.3 quarter mile time. However, the Mustang V6 has better fuel economy then the 370z which is rated at 18/26 mpg. Plus, the Mustang V6 is about $10,000 cheaper in cost, around 22k. So there you have it, America against all odds, and proving to the world that we can compete with the best. Stay tuned for the V8 write up!