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2011 Mustang GT Overview

The aggressive look of the 2011 Mustang GT 5.0
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2011 Mustang

For 2011, Mustang GT received an all-new aluminum 5.0-liter V-8 engine, which uses advanced technology to deliver 412 horsepower and 26 mpg highway.
  • The 2011 Ford Mustang GT was fitted with with an all-new 5.0-liter V-8 engine, developed by a team of engineers who were determined to deliver more than 400 horsepower from 302 naturally aspirated cubic inches along with best-in-class fuel economy.
  • Complementing those goals, a pair of new six-speed transmissions - one manual and one automatic - were coupled to the V8 to take advantage of the flexibility and fuel economy benefits of having six forward ratios.
  • Chassis enhancements helped improve the balance and driving behavior of the car. Damper tuning and spring rates were revised to provide a smooth highway ride, while new rear lower control arms and firmer stabilizer bar bushings improved stiffness and handling for better cornering response over even the highly praised 2010 model.

"The overall refinements to Mustang are really brought to life by its new engine," said David Pericak, Mustang chief nameplate engineer. "The car benefits from better handling, better braking and more refinement, and now it's powered by a high-tech 5.0-liter V-8 that Mustang enthusiasts and new customers alike are going to love."

Rebirth of the 5.0
The modern 5.0-liter four-valve Twin Independent Variable Camshaft Timing (Ti-VCT) V-8 engine in the 2011 Mustang GT delivers 412 horsepower and 390 ft.-lb. of torque. Fuel economy was better than the previous 4.6L 3-valve it replaced.

"This all-new 5.0-liter engine is the next chapter in the development of the world-class Mustang powertrain portfolio," said Derrick Kuzak, group vice president, Global Product Development. "It's a thoroughly modern engine for the times, delivering the performance and fun-to-drive factor that enthusiasts want, while improving fuel economy."

The six-speed automatic transmission in the 2011 Mustang GT deliver fuel economy of 25 mpg highway and 18 city. This is up from 23 mpg highway and 17 city for the 2010 model. Six-speed manual transmission Mustang GT models for 2011 deliver 26 mpg highway and 17 city, matching the 2010 model but delivering significantly more horsepower.

  • 2011 Mustang GT fuel economy is enabled by a few items: Ti-VCT valve timing, the six-speed transmissions in automatic or manual, EPAS steeering, and a rear decklid seal to enhance aerodynamics.
  • The new aluminum four-valve-per-cylinder heads featured a compact roller-finger follower valvetrain layout leaving more room for high-flow ports for free-breathing. Head structure was designed to support higher cylinder head pressures and cross-flow cooling for sustained high-rpm use. Head bolt size was 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. 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 and for faster oil warm-up on cold start.
  • Specially designed tubular exhaust headers were developed to maximize exhaust pulse separation and improve flow. (A team analyst actually fabricated the tubular headers in his home workshop, bringing the CAE design to life).
  • Engineers also made sure all their hard work wasn't disguised under the hood. In the engine bay, curved intake runners are framed by an acoustic cover sporting the new 5.0 logo, while "Powered by Ford" cam covers sit on the tops of the cylinder banks.

Transmission and powertrain improvements
The manual gearbox was built with short throws and direct feel of the shifter - the extra extra top gear ration allowed a more relaxed cruising speed.
Customers choosing the automatic found that the six-speed transmission does not sacrifice fuel economy or performance - delivering crisp, quick shifts.

  • The automatic transmission also featured a grade-assist or "hill mode" to improve drivability 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 provided an ideal blend of cruising fuel economy and acceleration, aided by the wide ratio spread permitted through the use of six forward speeds. A standard limited-slip axle helped distribute the new engine's power between both rear wheels for maximum traction in all conditions.

2011 Mustang driving dynamics
Electric Power Assist Steering (EPAS) made a dramatic contribution to 2011 Mustang GT driving dynamics, delivering quicker on-center steering response, increased effort at highway speeds and reduced effort that is required in low-speed parking maneuvers. Because the belt-driven power steering pump is eliminated, EPAS provided a quieter vehicle and there were fewer components drawing engine power.

  • EPAS also enables new technologies that adjust for minor driving annoyances. Drift-Pull Compensation adjusts the steering to correct for crosswinds and minor road crowning, while Active Nibble Control helps eliminate the "shimmy" felt at 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 delivers a smooth, comfortable driving experience.
  • Standard AdvanceTrac® Electronic Stability Control, which complemented the all-speed traction control and standard Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), helped keep the car under control in all driving conditions.
  • The 2011 Mustang GT featured enhanced rear lower control arms to add stiffness, improve powertrain NVH (noise, vibration and harshness) control and sharpen handling. A stiffened rear stabilizer bar for better on-center steering is also included. Stabilizer bar diameters, spring rates and dampers all have been tuned for improved dynamics.
  • A Brembo brake package upgrade was available for serious enthusiasts. This package includes 14-inch vented front discs from the Shelby GT500®, unique 19-inch alloy wheels and summer performance tires.

Structural enhancements for NVH control, handling and safety
For 2011, Mustang GT benefited from across-the-board NVH improvements. These included additional sound-deadening material on both sides of the instrument panel and a rear wheel arch liner to reduce noise on gravel or wet surfaces.

  • Mustang GT convertible models featured enhanced structural rigidity, with lateral stiffness improved by 12 percent versus the 2010 model. A tower-to-tower front strut brace is now standard, and the V-brace was stiffened by adding gussets. The secondary crossmember also was stiffened while a front Z-brace was added, connecting primary and secondary crossmembers. A-pillar stiffening foam also was added to increase rigidity.
  • Improvements in body stiffness contributed to the coupe and convertible's driving performance and have a parallel benefit in accident protection. A stiff vehicle structure like that found on Mustang helps protect the cabin from deformation and intrusion in an impact.
  • The 2011 Mustang also used 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 were computer-designed to absorb energy in a controlled manner and help dissipate it before it can reach the passenger compartment. Ford engineers ran thousands of design iterations of the Mustang's front rails to arrive at an octagonal shape that helped spread crash forces evenly to aid in protecting occupants.
  • Additional standard safety equipment included the Personal Safety Systemâ„¢, which features dual-stage driver and front passenger air bags, seat belt pretensioners and Belt-Minder®.

Exterior styling
With the 5.0 fender badges ando the new engine cover, Mustang GT now honored and continued the heritage of its popular pushrod V8 predecessors. The exterior sheet metal continued the 2010 redesign, with new headlamps, lower fascias, fenders and grille capped by a powerdome hood that added to the muscular appearance while allowing for enhanced air cooling of the engine.

  • Mustang's washer-fluid nozzles are tucked into the cowl, while the antenna resides at the rear, both changes creaed a cleaner appearance while also reducing wind noise.
  • Front fenders featured sculptured wheel flares. A classic spear character line on the doors leads to the indication of "hip" rear fenders.
  • The rear end design featured aggressively angled rear corners, a sculptured decklid and prominent rear badge.
  • Mustang taillamps feature three LED bulbs firing sequentially from the inside for turn indication. The sequential bulbs were a distinct Ford feature in the '60s, while the vertical reverse lamps evoke a modern version of the Ford classic three-lens taillamp.
  • Three vibrant new colors were offered for 2011 including Yellow Blaze Tri-Coat, Race Red and Ingot Silver.

Interior styling and new technology features

  • The one-piece instrument panel design was crafted in seamless soft-touch TPO (Thermoplastic Olefin) skin fully encompassed genuine aluminum-finish panels.
  • Mustang's chrome-ringed gauges and dual-vane air register vents remain as in 2010. For 2011, the speedometer increased to 160 mph and the tachometer redline advances from 6,500 to 7,000 rpm to reflect the capabilities of the new 5.0 powertrain.
  • The instrument panel and console flow as one shape. The seats and armrests have softer materials with high-quality stitching.
  • Mustang offered drivers several new convenience technologies, including a standard driver's message center in the instrument cluster and integrated blind-spot mirrors in the side-view mirror housings.
  • The Ford SYNC® voice-activated communications and entertainment system now included applications such as Traffic, Directions & Information, 911 Assistâ„¢ and Vehicle Health Report.
  • An available Electronics Package incorporated the Ford Voice-Activated Navigation system. Coupled with SIRIUS Travel Linkâ„¢, the navigation system also acted as the hub for up-to-the-minute news about weather, traffic, gas prices, movie listings, sports scores and more. HD Radioâ„¢ provided additional entertainment options, and Dual Zone Automatic Temperature Control kept driver and passenger at the optimum temperature without periodic adjustments.
  • Ford's MyKeyâ„¢ system, designed to encourage safer teen driving and seat belt use, was now available on Mustang. MyKey allowed owners to program the vehicle key using the driver's message center to incorporate features such as limited top vehicle speed and audio volume, a traction control system that cannot be deactivated, a persistent Belt-Minder® seat belt reminder and various speed alert chimes.

The 2011 Mustang was built at the AutoAlliance International Plant in Flat Rock, Mich. The 5.0-liter V-8 engine was built at Ford's Essex Engine Plant in Windsor, Ontario.


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The 5.0 GT from the rear

The 2011 GT 5.0 Convertible

The 2011 GT 5.0 Convertible from the side/rear

The 2011 Mustang GT 5.0 Dashboard

The 2011 Mustang GT 5.0 Console Detail

The 2011 Mustang GT 5.0 Interior

The now famous "Coyote" 5.0L V8

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