Just when everyone was getting all hot and bothered by the new 300 hp Camaro V6, Ford decides to come out with guns blazing by introducing an all new 2011, 305 hp V6 Mustang. Ok… so upon first impressions you might think that a difference of 5 HP is not all that impressive and in reality it’s not, but what you have to do is look at what Ford is offering in addition to that. First off though, some quick numbers – the new V6 as mentioned delivers 305 hp & 280 lb-ft. tq. as well as a claimed 30 mpg on the highway, not bad for a rear wheel drive muscle car.
The big news however is that Ford is also offering the new V6 Mustang with a performance package. This addition utilizes the entire suspension system from the Mustang GT, a 3.31 rear axle ratio, sport-calibrated electronic stability control and a cool strut tower brace to enhance front end rigidity. Combine that with the GTs 19 inch wheels, tuned dual exhaust and the fact that you can get it with a six-speed manual transmission and the V6 Mustang just went from a baby face to wearing a full blown 5 o’clock shadow.
This is great news for Mustang enthusiasts everywhere who are looking for the fuel economy of a compact car, the looks and attitude of a sports car and true-to-life performance of a muscle car. You can also bet that the aftermarket will start cranking out goodies that boost the performance of the new V6 significantly as time goes on. I would expect prices to range from 23k – 27K range when fully optioned out, which is not a lot of money for what looks to be a lot of car.