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2011 Ford Mustang GT 5.0 California Special Edition Review & Test Drive 16
Posted by Harvey Schwartz in 2011 Ford Mustang GT 5.0, Automotive, featured, Ford, Ford Mustang, Ford Mustang GT, Ford Mustang GT 5.0, Test Drives on 11 16th, 2010


Ford is finally getting serious with the new Mustang GT.  Gone is the two-valve 4.6 liter V8 that pumped out 325hp and in is place is the more powerful and state-of-the-art 5.0 liter thirty-two-valve V8 that generates a whopping 412hp and 390lb.ft. of torque.  Who says the horsepower wars are dead.  With this high-tech engine and the standard six-speed manual or automatic transmission you get a ‘segment best’ 26mpg on the highway while rocketing out to 60mph in less than five-seconds.

Ford also just released the new GT with the California Special Edition Package that I had the privilege of test driving and photographing.

This unique appearance package gives the new GT more aggressive looks and a more unique and comfortable interior.  It consists of a front fascia highlighted with a horizontal slat grille with Pony emblem on the side, a deeper lower air-intake with integral round projector beam foglamps and splitter, a black GT/CS side tape graphic on the doors that gives the car the appearance of movement when parked, side scoops, a pedestal rear spoiler, a unique ‘California Special’ silver rear badge, a diffuser fitted between the dual exhaust tips to better manage the air, and custom 19X8.5 inch machined face, argent painted aluminum wheels with ‘GT’ chiseled on one spoke, and wrapped with Pirelli 245/45ZR19 inch P Zero Nero ultra-high-performance tires.

On the inside are carbon fiber weave ribbed leather bucket seat inserts with GT/CS embossing on the seatbacks, dark carbon fiber weaved leather door inserts, dark carbon fiber weave covering the aluminum plates on the dashboard and around the instrument cluster with a stenciled GT/CS graphic on the right side of the dashboard, and custom GT/CS embroidered floor mats.  The price for this exciting and unique package is just $1,995.00 and well worth it for all that you get to make your new 2011 Mustang GT even more aggressive looking, more aerodynamic and more comfortable behind the wheel.

But that is only part of the story-the new 2011 Ford Mustang GT is a fantastic piece of engineering that brings the GT up to ‘world-class’ power and performance while competing against the new Chevy Camaro SS and BMW M3 coupes.

The modern 5.0 liter, four-valve Twin-Independent Variable Camshaft Timing (Ti-VCT) V8 engine delivers 412hp at 6,500rpm and 390lb.ft. of torque at 4,250rpm.  As a result of the new higher power and torque specs, the new GT has a speedometer now reads 160mph, and the tachometer has a higher 8,000rpm redline.

The all-new aluminum four-valve-per-cylinder heads feature a compact roller-finger follower valvetrain layout leaving more room for high-flow ports for free-breathing performance.  Head structure is designed to support higher cylinder head pressures and cross-flow cooling for sustained high-rpm use.  Head bolt size is increased from 11 to 12 millimeters to contain the higher combustion pressures.  The aluminum block was developed for optimized windage and oil drainback under lateral conditions and high-rpm use, such as a track-day outing for an enthusiast owner.

Increased main bearing bulkhead widths and nodular iron cross-bolted main bearing caps with upsized bolts were also employed to accommodate the significant performance increase.  An additional element is the increased capacity and baffling of the deep-sump stamped steel oil pan to enable sustained high-rpm use and offer the convenience of 10,000 mile oil change intervals.  Piston-cooling jets also were incorporated for performance-minded drivers and for faster warm-up on cold starts.

Specially designed tubular exhaust headers were developed to maximize exhaust pulse separation and improve flow.  Engineers also made sure all of their hard work wasn’t disguised under the hood.  Curved intake runners are framed by an acoustic cover sporting the new 5.0 logo, while ‘Powered by Ford’ cam covers crown the tops of the cylinder banks.  This effect is perfectly suited for a purpose-build performance machine like the new 5.0 liter V8 engine.  It is a real gem, high-revving and smooth as you quickly reach the 8,000rpm redline.

Making the drive even more exciting and fun is the new 6-speed manual transmission with a ‘short-throw’ linkage that gives back a more direct feel of the shifter along with relaxed cruising with the extra top gear.  Enthusiasts who choose the 6-speed automatic will be pleasantly surprised to find the advanced 6-speed transmission delivering crisp, quick shifts but I would like Ford to include paddle shifters so you can more easily manual shift up or down with the automatic for more exciting driving experience.

The automatic transmission also features a grade-assist or ‘hill mode’ to improve drive-ability on hilly terrain.  This technical innovation uses vehicle input-acceleration pedal position, vehicle speed and brake status-to automatically determine the correct gear ratio while on an incline or decline.  Hill mode eliminates sixth gear, extends lower gear operation on uphill climbs and provides additional grade or engine braking for coast-downs.

The standard 3.31 manual, and 3.15 automatic rear axle ratios provide an ideal blend of cruising fuel economy and quick acceleration, aided by the wide ratio spread permitted through the use of six forward speeds in the gearboxes.  A standard limited-slip axle helps to distribute the new engine’s power between both rear wheels for maximum traction in all conditions.  My test GT model came with the 3.73 rear axle ratio for even quicker acceleration from a standstill that really got my heart pumping faster during launches when I could find the right road to experience the rocket-sled and seatback pinned blast.

The new Electric Power Assist (EPAS) rack & pinion steering system has made a dramatic contribution to the GT’s driving dynamics by delivering quicker on-center steering response, also made possible by the big, strut tower brace over the engine, increased effort at highway speeds and reduced effort required in low-speed parking maneuvers.

Because the belt-driven power steering pump is eliminated, EPAS provides a quieter ride with fewer components drawing engine power.  EPAS also enables new technologies that adjust for minor driving annoyances such as ‘Drift-Pull’ compensation that adjust the steering to correct for crosswinds and minor road crowning, while ‘Active Nibble’ control helps eliminate the ‘shimmy’ felt as high speeds when a wheel is out of balance or a brake rotor is warped.  Both conditions are alleviated by EPAS independent of driver input, helping ensure Mustang GT delivers a smooth, comfortable driving experience.

The front and rear suspension setups have also been reworked and improved to give you sharper turn-in and a more comfortable ride over poorly paved roads.  The enhanced rear lower control arms add stiffness, improve powertrain NVH (noise, vibration, harshness) and sharpen handling.  a stiffened rear stabilizer bar also gives better on-center steering.  Stabilizer bar diameters, spring rates and gas-charged shock absorbers all have been re-tuned for improved dynamics.  Compared to last year’s Mustang GT, you can feel the difference as soon as you steer into a corner at high speed.  When you turn the steering wheel it feels like you hit a wall as you easily turn through the curve and exit at higher speeds.  The new GT feels more nimble and neutral as you maneuver around slow city traffic, driving on the straight-aways at high speeds and when tackling curving back roads.

The refined front independent suspension setup features reverse-L MacPherson struts, and a larger 34.6mm tubular stabilizer bar.  The refined rear 3-link solid axle features coil springs, a Panhard rod and a 24mm solid stabilizer bar.  The Mustang GT stays ‘old school’ with the rear suspension geometry but it is continuously refined to handle the more powerful engine.  The only ‘blip’ from the rear is when I rode of two different types of road surfaces-pavement and blacktop-did the rear feel a little skittish.

Standard AdvanceTrac Electronic Stability Control, which complements the all-speed traction control and standard ABS helps keep the car under control in all driving conditions, but you can, of course, shut the system down to more easily slide the rear out when entering a steep curve.

Quickly slowing the new GT down from speed are new, power-assisted, 4-wheel disc brakes with standard ABS.  The front vented discs are larger 13.2in. rotors clamped with twin-piston 43mm floating aluminum calipers, and 11.8in. vented rotors clamped with single-piston floating iron calipers.

Like the exterior design and improved powertrain, suspension, steering and brakes, the interior design features world-class design and execution.  The one-piece instrument panel design is crafted in seamless soft-touch TPO (Thermoplastic Olefin) skin fully encompassing the genuine aluminum-finish panels.  Mustang’s chrome-ringed gauges and dual-vane air register vents are precisely crafted and positioned.  The instrument panel and console flow as one shape, another strong connection to Mustang heritage.

The sport bucket seats are comfortable and hold you firmly in place with deeply cut side bolsters.  The sporty, leather-wrapped/tilting, 3-spoke steering wheel feels perfect in your hands.  The leather-wrapped shifter is positioned perfectly for easy reach and use.  The center console features dual cupholders and a deep storage bin.  There are storage slots in each door bottom to quickly reach need items.  All dials, switches and levers are easy to use and within easy reach, plus all are illuminated for safe nighttime travel.  The aluminum with rubber insert foot pedals add to the sportiness of the GT and feel great under your feet.  The Mustang GT with the California Special Package  also gets dual map lamps, variable-intermittent windshield wipers and washers, optional HID headlamps, easy fuel Capless filler, power express windows, power door locks, electronic climate control, remote keyless entry, power 6-way driver’s seat/2-way front passenger seat, thick cut-pile carpeting, signature CS/GT floor mats, split-folding rear seatback, electronic cruise-control, dual vanity mirrors, ambient lighting, Shaker 500 audio system with AM-FM-SIRIUS satellite radio, single CD Player and MP3 connection.  The interior is quieter thanks to additional sound-deadening materials on both sides of the instrument panel, and a rear wheel arch liner to reduce noise on gravel or wet surfaces.

Improvements in body stiffness contribute to enhanced driving performance and have a parallel benefit in accident protection.  A stiff vehicle structure like that found in the Mustang helps protect the cabin from deformation and intrusion in an impact.  Mustang also uses high-strength steel in its body structure and ultra-high-strength steel in the door intrusion beams for additional side-impact protection.  The front structure’s crush zones are computer-designed to absorb energy in a controlled manner and help dissipate it before it can reach the passenger compartment.  Additional safety equipment includes the Personal Safety System, which features dual-stage driver and passenger airbags, side-impact, seat-mounted airbags, 3-point seatbelts with pretensioners and load limiters.

The optional Ford SYNC voice-activated communications and entertainment system now includes applications such as Traffic, Directions & Information, 911 Assist and Vehicle Health Report.

The new 2011 Mustang GT with the California Special Edition Package makes driving one of the world’s fastest sporty coupes even more fun, exciting and enjoyable than the standard factory GT model with more aggressive looks, better aerodynamics for enhanced stability, and a more comfortable ride when you are just cruising or when you are challenging steeply curving roads.



Price: $32,845.00 Mustang GT Premium plus $1,995.00 California Special Edition
Construction: unitized welded steel body, aluminum powerdome hood


Wheelbase: 107.1in.
Overall length: 188.1in.
Overall width: 73.9in.
Overall height: 55.8in.
Track: f/r-62.3/62.9in.
Turning circle: 36.7ft.
Headroom: f/r-38.5/34.7in.
Legroom: f/r-42.4/29.8in.
SAE passenger volume: 38.3cu.ft.
Cargo volume: 13.4cu.ft.
Fuel tank: 16 gallons
Base curb weight: 3,605lbs. manual/3,653lbs. automatic
Weight distribution: 54/46% f/r

Fuel Data

EPS mileage: 17mpg/city, 26mpg/highway manual/18mpg/city, 25mpg/highway automatic

Roush Introduces Supercharger Kit for 2011 Ford Mustang GT 5.0 Generating 550HP 30
Posted by Darryl in 2011 Ford Mustang GT 5.0, Automotive, Ford, Ford Mustang GT 5.0, Tuners on 08 30th, 2010

The new 2011 Ford Mustang GT 5.0 is already a performance marvel that can be had for a decent price. For about $6,000 more you can take the new Mustang GT 5.0 to a level above the GT500 with Roush’s new Tuner Kit (part # 421140) which is essentially a new bolt-on supercharger kit. The kit boosts power output to about 550hp and 470 lb-ft of torque on pump gas. Currently by adding the kit it will not retain your factory warranty. Those who wish to wait until fall for the Roush kit will be able to keep the current factory warranty intact while Roush will offer a 90-day parts warranty on the supercharger components.

5.0L ROUSHcharger Tuner Kit PRESS RELEASE

LIVONIA, Mich. (August 26, 2010) – Since the day Ford announced the new 5.0L engine for the 2011 Mustang, people have been asking, “What is ROUSH® going to do with that engine? When will the ROUSHcharger® be available?”

The answer to those questions is finally available. ROUSH has engineered a 5.0L ROUSHcharger Tuner Kit that can boost the horsepower on the 2011 Mustang upwards of 550 horsepower on stock pump gasoline with more than 470 lb.-ft. of torque. This 5.0L ROUSHcharger Tuner Kit (part number 421140) has a suggested retail price of $5,999.00 and is available for shipment now.

Many people got their first look at the 5.0L ROUSHcharger in the ROUSH display at Mustang Alley during the Woodward Dream Cruise. The display car got many double takes as people walked by, looked, and then realized that car was, in fact, a 2011 Mustang with a ROUSHcharger installed.

Based on the popular TVS2300 ROUSHcharger, the 5.0L ROUSHcharger Tuner Kit comes with a 90mm pulley and generates an estimated seven pounds of boost. Included in the kit are 47 lb. fuel injectors, high-flow fuel rails, a high-flow ROUSH air lid, and a twin 60mm throttle body. The heavy-duty ROUSH tensioner is included for the first FEAD belt.

This Tuner Kit includes a 90-day parts warranty, but does not come with a calibration or maintain the Ford factory engine warranty. Professional tuning and installation is recommended.

“While the new Ford five-liter engine offers amazing performance right from the factory, and the new ROUSHcharger will kick it up a level,” said Jack Roush, motorsports legend and chairman of ROUSH Enterprises. “Our engineering team has worked hard to deliver a product that will satisfy the demands of the ROUSH customer on an extremely tight deadline, and they have come up with another great solution for a powertrain upgrade.”

Orders for the 5.0L ROUSHcharger Tuner Kit are now being accepted by calling 1-800-59-ROUSH. Information can be found online at www.ROUSHperformance.com.

There will be a 5.0L ROUSHcharger Kit available this fall that will come complete with a ROUSH calibration and full warranty. Pricing and details to come.

[source: Roush Performance]

MotorTrend Video: 2011 Ford Mustang GT 5.0 vs. 2011 BMW M3 26
Posted by Larry in 2011 BMW M3, 2011 Ford Mustang GT 5.0, Automotive, BMW, BMW M3, featured, Ford, Ford Mustang GT 5.0, video on 08 26th, 2010

I thought I would never see the day that a respectable automotive magazine pits the BMW M3 up against a Mustang GT. Well, that day has come and gone. Numbers-wise the new 2011 Ford Mustang GT 5.0-liter V8 is almost a dead-ringer for the performance stats of the 2011 BMW M3. So which one comes out on top in MotorTrend’s latest test in all areas? Check out the video below to find out. After watching the video, do you agree with them? Which one would you pick? Post your comments below!

AmericanMuscle 2011 Mustang GT 5.0L Tuned by Bama Custom Tuning Division 12
Posted by Darryl in 2011 Ford Mustang GT 5.0, Automotive, Ford, Ford Mustang GT 5.0, Tuners on 07 12th, 2010

If you want even more power out of you 2011 Ford Mustang GT 5.0-liter for a relatively low price then you should consult the guys at Bama Custom Tuning Division. This tuning company used a new prototype cold air intake for AmericanMuscle’s 2011 Mustang GT 5.0 to get an additional 22 rear-wheel-horsepower and 31 ft-lbs of torque out of the all-new pony car for a total of 385hp and 362tq (to the wheels).

Check out the exclusive video and press release below (after the jump).

[source: AmericanMuscle]

Press Release from AmericanMuscle.com:

2011 Mustang GT: Prototype CAI & Dyno Tune – Huge Power Gains!

Our 2011 5.0L Mustang GT, a Prototype CAI, and the Bama Custom Tuning Team

Within 24 hours of taking possession of our 2011, we turned our Bama Custom Tuning division loose on some exclusive prototypes for upgrades to see what performance gains they could squeeze out of the GT. With a custom tune developed on our dyno and an exclusive new CAI prototype from C&L Performance, we were able to feed our need for speed. Read more and watch the video at blog.americanmuscle.com/2011-mustang-gt-prototype-cai-dyno-tune-huge-power-gains/.

Here’s a summary of our chassis dyno testing:

  • Stock – no modifications: 363RWHP / 331RWTQ
  • Factory tune, Prototype C&L cold air intake: 374RWHP / 338RWTQ
  • Bama Custom Tune, stock Airbox: 379RWHP / 357RWTQ
  • Bama Custom Tune, Prototype C&L cold air intake: 385RWHP / 362RWTQ

2011 Mustang GT 5.0L owners can expect a nice performance bump from just a tune alone. These numbers rival the high output of the SVT Performance group’s Supercharged 2003-2004 Cobra and various other high performance models from Ford’s Specialty Vehicles Team. Camaros and Challengers, watch out! With a Bama Tune installed, the new 5.0L has become the leader of the pack!

In addition to the rear wheel horsepower and torque gains, drivers will experience better throttle response, faster/firmer shifting, and an overall increase in drivability. These hot new calibrations are available immediately, exclusively from AmericanMuscle.com. Final production versions of the C&L cold air intake will be ready to purchase from AmericanMuscle before the end of summer, 2010. Stay tuned for more exclusive prototype test results and footage!

Steeda Announces 2011 Ford Mustang 5.0 Entry Level Performance Package 2
Posted by Larry in 2011 Ford Mustang GT 5.0, Automotive, Ford, Ford Mustang, Steeda, Tuners on 07 2nd, 2010

My Steeda is faster and more powerful than your horse! That’s what you can say when you visit the Florida-based tuners Steeda Autosports in your 2011 Mustang GT. They will personally inject your Mustang with an entry-level kit boosting power output to 450hp from the stock 412hp. This is accomplished in part by a cold-air intake and a SCT Xcal3 handheld flash tuner scan tool that you get as part of the Steeda Sport performance package.

We already know the new 2011 Ford Mustang GT is laying down a little more power than what Ford claims so expect the add-on kit from Steeda to be an all-around winner. Not only do you get more power with the Steeda Sport package, but you get a new hood, rear wing, ‘Sidewinder Graphics’, sport springs and 9.5×20-inch Spyder wheels wrapped in Nitto NT05 tires. The total package comes complete for a total vehicle price less than $40,000. More WIN for Ford!

Press Release

2011 Steeda Sport Edition – Dare to be Different!

The 2011 Steeda Sport Edition 5.0L Mustang provides a distinctly different level of performance and at a price value that makes it an unbeatable deal in the performance vehicle market today. Priced at under $40,000, this performance machine takes a donor 2011 Mustang GT 5.0L and transforms it into a significantly improved handling stallion that provides improved driving dynamics and overall vehicle performance.Intended to be the entry level Steeda 5.0L Mustang, this Sport Performance Package provides the base key Steeda DNA elements with a dramatically improved power package that when combined together make it a true Steeda Mustang.

Special equipment on this entry level Steeda 5.0L Mustang includes the following performance parts:

  • Steeda Sport Springs – for improved ride and handling
  • Steeda Aerodynamic Hood – provides increased engine cooling
  • Steeda Rear Aerodynamic Wing – increases rear downforce
  • Steeda Sidewinder graphics – for that unique Steeda visual image
  • Steeda Spyder Wheels 20×9.5 – lighter, stronger and more aggressive
  • Nitto NT05 275/35/20 Performance Tires – for ultimate street/track grip

In addition, after retail delivery occurs, the retail customer will receive our unique Steeda Cold Air Intake and a SCT Xcal3 tuner loaded with our performance tune that will additionally increase the 5.0L output to 450 hp.

With dramatically increased power and dramatically improved handling and overall vehicle driving dynamics, the Steeda Sport edition builds on the 22 year heritage that Steeda Autosports has done upgrading the performance of America’s original pony car – the Ford Mustang. Call the Steeda Autosports hotline on 954-960-0774 and talk to one of our highly experienced Performance Sales Associates for additional information on how you can make your 2011 5.0L Mustang into a Steeda Sport today!

[source: Steeda]

2011 Ford Mustang GT 5.0 Review & Test Drive 24
Posted by Malcolm in 2011 Ford Mustang GT 5.0, Automotive, featured, Ford, Ford Mustang, Ford Mustang GT, Ford Mustang GT 5.0, Test Drives on 06 24th, 2010

“Oh Yeah!” That’s all I need to say after driving the new 2011 Ford Mustang GT 5.0 for the first time. The iconic pony car, that just about everyone in his or her sane mind recognizes on the road, is better and more powerful than ever for 2011.

Ford did their homework in providing consumers with an uncompromised performance bang for your buck. The war has begun between other cars in the Mustang’s segment sparking conversations, and arguments, among car enthusiasts from all around the world.

The 2011 Ford Mustang GT in our garage reminds you of how enthusiasts saw the pony car back in the 1960’s with the rear spoiler delete ‘clean-look’. The 2011 Mustang GT’s optional big beefy Brembo brakes and 19-inch wheels wrapped in Pirelli P-Zero rubber screams performance and answers back with a 412hp and 390 ft-lbs of torque 5.0-liter V8. That’s right, the 5.0-liter is back with a vengeance after a 10-year hiatus.

To send all of those raging 412 horses to the solid rear axle is a well-designed 6-speed short shifting manual transmission. The gates were close together with just enough notchyness to perform some nifty shifting when you want to push the Mustang to its limit. A 6-speed automatic is optional but who wants an automatic when you can enjoy the pony car the way it was meant to be?

Put your foot through the floor and the 2011 Mustang GT will outperform a new Chevy Camaro SS and Dodge Challenger SRT-8 with a bright smile on your face. Aside from just performance, the Mustang GT has a lot more to offer such as decent gas mileage for a big 5-liter V8 at 17mpg city and 26hwy. These figures are almost unheard of in such a monstrous V8-powered vehicle.

Now back to the performance stuff that I was discussing earlier. The 2011 Mustang GT in our garage also had a 3.73 rear end that laid the power to the ground propelling our GT to 60mph from a standstill in 4.5 seconds. The big 14-inch Brembo brakes up front provided enough clamping power to match the stopping distance of performance cars twice the cost of the Mustang GT. Speaking of costs, Ford has managed to please the consumer with a starting price of $29,646 for the GT while the V6 Mustang with 305hp starts at a low $22,995 with better class-leading gas mileage figures reaching 31mpg.

The interior of the 2011 Mustang GT may be an area where Ford was able shave off some coins from the price. Although the interior is very functional, it still comes off as mediocre. Nevertheless the interior works well and you seem to forget about any downfalls that it has every time you apply your right foot to the right pedal. That just puts a big smile on my face and I seem to even forget that the Mustang even has a stereo, which by the way, is rather disappointing. That can easily be fixed with the upgraded optional entertainment system by way of Ford’s ‘talked-about’ Sync. I was simply able to solve the weak stereo dilemma by rolling down the windows and listing to the growl of the 5.0-liter V8. Oh boy, what a nice sound system the 5.0 is!

A few other things were lacking when it comes to the interior of our test vehicle. A leather wrapped steering wheel with audio controls would have been nice but that’s something we can easily live without especially with a few extra bucks in your pocket considering a price of $32,980 for our test car. The cloth seats are well supported and comfy even if the re-tuned suspension is a bit stiff at times.

Outside of the 2011 Mustang GT you will find designs similar to the 60’s Mustangs. There is no way to mistake the new Mustang for anything else. Ford has done a great job modernizing the Mustang with the typical techy gadgets for safety such as traction control and stability control. The taillights even have a modern touch to them with sequential turn-signal LED taillights. Several years ago this was only thought of as an aftermarket modification. Now you get it from the factory. Blind-spot mirrors in the side-view mirror is a nice added touch to the new Mustang helping you see any cars or objects next to you. Someone at Ford is listening to their customers. The front fascia is a carryover from the 2010 model year with integrated classic-looking fog lights in the front grill and the lidded headlights look.

The big 19-inch wheels and Pirelli P-Zero tires are an excellent choice for the GT which signifies to others that this car has something serious under the hood. As if you did not know that there was a big 5.0 liter lurking under the aluminum hood. It says so on the side of the Mustang GT in shinny numbers with a red decimal. Sometimes this is the only dead-giveaway that this Mustang GT has 412hp and not last year’s 318hp. Big difference!

Having driven the 2010 Chevrolet Camaro (upcoming review) and Dodge Challenger SRT-8 6-speed, I can honestly say that the Mustang GT 5.0 has a slight edge over the competition in the performance department. Even though when pushing the 2011 Mustang GT into the turns, it does not give you a since of security having some initial body roll.  However coming out of the turn reassures you of its true capabilities.

The spring rate is a good compromise for cornering and for those long stretches on the highway.

As far as value goes, the 2011 Ford Mustang GT is probably the most bang you could get for its price point. Be that it may, other modern American muscle cars can be tuned for relatively low prices to beat the snot out of the 2011 Mustang GT but the Ford Mustang is one of the most modified and aftermarket-sought-after cars around. Not to mention, the 540hp GT500 is a tuners dream car with a warranty. With that being said, Ford has done a remarkable job with the new Mustang GT 5.0 especially in the area of performance. Now if only they would send us a rag-top version so we can pop in our Vanilla Ice CD and feel right at home signing “Rollin, in my 5.0 with my rag-top down so my hair can blow”.



Price: Base GT $29,645 As-Tested $32,980
Type: Midsize Coupe
Where Built: United States
EPA Class: Subcompact Cars


Length: 188.1 in.
Width: 73.9 in.
Height: 55.8 in.
Wheel Base: 107.1 in.
Curb Weight: 3603 lbs.
Gross Weight: 4600 lbs.

Front Head Room: 38.5 in.
Front Hip Room: 53.4 in.
Front Shoulder Room: 55.3 in.
Rear Head Room: 34.7 in.
Rear Shoulder Room: 51.6 in.
Rear Hip Room: 46.8 in.
Front Leg Room: 42.4 in.
Rear Leg Room: 29.8 in.
Luggage Capacity: 13.4 cu. ft.
Maximum Seating: 4

Performance Data

Base Number of Cylinders: 8
Base Engine Size: 5 liters
Base Engine Type: V8
Horsepower: 412 hp
Max Horsepower: 6500 rpm
Torque: 390 ft-lbs.
Max Torque: 4250 rpm
Maximum Towing Capacity: 1000 lbs.
Drive Type: RWD
Turning Circle: 33.4 ft.
0-60mph: 4.5 seconds

Fuel Data

Fuel Tank Capacity: 16 gal.
EPA Mileage Estimates: (City/Highway/Combined)
Manual: 17 mpg / 26 mpg / 21.5mpg
Range in Miles:
Manual: 272 mi. / 416 mi. / 344 mi.