The Most Fuel-efficient Mustang Ever
MAR
04

The 2011 Mustang V6 is going where no Mustang has gone before. Not only is it the most fuel-efficient Mustang ever, but it’s also the first production car in history to produce more than 300 horsepower and more than 30 mpg highway.

The Mustang’s official EPA ratings certify that models equipped with the 305-hp 3.7-liter V6 and available six-speed automatic transmission achieve and estimated 31 mpg on the highway and 19 mpg in the city.* The standard six-speed manual transmission is rated at 29 mpg on the highway and 19 mpg in the city.

“The Mustang engineering team aimed high and, through hard work, achieved fuel economy numbers that elevate Mustang into a class by itself,” said Derrick Kuzak, Ford Group Vice President, Global Product Development. “At no other time in Mustang’s history – for that matter, in automotive history – have we been able to talk about 305 horsepower and 31 miles per gallon. The Mustang truly is a no-compromises sports car,” said Kuzak.

Mustang is powered by a lightweight, all-aluminum 3.7-liter dual-overhead-cam (DOHC) V6 engine that uses advanced engineering to deliver its combination of power and economy. Twin Independent Variable Camshaft Timing (Ti-VCT) adjusts the valvetrain in microseconds depending on driver inputs, further contributing to the engine’s overall efficiency.

The fact that Mustang achieves its top fuel economy rating with the convenience of an automatic transmission also marks a shift in conventional wisdom. Ford engineered a modern six-speed automatic transmission with carefully calibrated gear ratios and shift programs to maximize economy, while still delivering high-horsepower driving fun.

In addition to engine improvements, upgrades to Mustang’s body, powertrain and chassis design contribute to the higher fuel economy numbers for 2011. Examples include:

  • New Electric Power Assist Steering (EPAS) system eliminates the drag of an engine-operated hydraulic power steering pump
  • Six-speed manual and automatic transmissions allow lower cruising revs without sacrificing off-the-line performance
  • Aerodynamic changes include improvements like a new front fascia, tire spats on the rear wheels, modified underbody shields, a taller air dam and an added rear decklid seal

The new 2011 Mustang already has more than 11,000 orders. Half of all the nationwide orders are for the car’s fuel-efficient 3.7-liter V6 engine. The 2011 Mustangs are also being equipped with record levels of technology, giving customers the option of choosing navigation, high-intensity discharge (HID) headlamps and rearview cameras.

The new 2011 Mustang goes on sale in the spring of 2010 and will be built at the AutoAlliance International Plant in Flat Rock, Michigan.

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H Smith I am guessing that most Mustang owners are performance oriented ... but I believe there are folke that would like a 60 mpg(US) combined Mustang. I'm betting there are potential buyers out ther that want a classy vehicle ... with extremely high fuel economy say ABOVE 60 mpg combined and 70 mpg HIGHWAY! Could it even be possible? Maybe ... provided ... the Mustang is similar in weight to the EU Focus! How about the EU Focus 1.6 Duratorq TDCi (109PS) diesel 5 Door Saloon (ECO Start-Stop) M5 transmission 62 mpg(US) combined and 69 mpg highway ... maybe ADD a DCT for an extra 2 mpg combined? You can check the Ford UK site for confirmation. You folks will have to decide whether you want torque and fuel economy ... OR ... hp and acceleration. Maybe Ford will give US the choice of BOTH!! We can only hope ....
4 year(s) ago via
Rick Getting me a 2011 just ordered the V6 Pony package May 22nd. This will be Mustang number 3. Have a 2000 and a 2007 Pony both with V6 engines. On open road i get 34 MPG out of both the 2000 and 2007. Both are automatics the 2011 I am going back to a stick. With each new model year the technology just keeps getting better and better. I am now totally convinced Ford has the leading edge
4 year(s) ago via
MikeB I wish they'd change the tail lights. The 2008 style looked much better.
4 year(s) ago via
Milkmaster I will buy one of these nice new Mustangs, preferably a GT model when they decide to put a little chrome on them instead of blacking everything out. C'mon guys, I am older and want a little chrome! Then I can sell the Harley and go with a Mustang.
4 year(s) ago via
Steve The reason hybrids work better in the city is because the battery will carry it for a short while. My friend got a hybrid and said that if he only drives 30mph he can go 30 miles on battery. It's kind of funny because he got a Chevy Tahoe hybrid (still only got average 23mpg, lol) and the hybrid tech was messing up his transmission. Last Chevy he ever bought!
4 year(s) ago via
Dave Dixon It is my intention to purchase a new 2011 Mustang Premium V-6 3.7 Ltr. 305 H.P. and I will order as soon as I am convinced when the new performance package will be available - Iv'e been getting mixed answers anywhere from earely spring to mid or late summer - Why isin't this known?? also I want to include the Mustang Club Package, however, I would definitely want the 19" wheels that comes with the performance pkg. rather than the 18" wheels with the mustang club pkg. would this be feasable if I order both packagees?? Thanx
4 year(s) ago via
David diddo
4 year(s) ago via
C. W. Hartman I totally agree. Every new Ford I looked at is GREAT! I will be buying me a new Mustang in about a month. V6 or V8? I'll drive em both and then decide. Gooooooooooooooooooooooooooo FORD!
4 year(s) ago via
karl kielkopf what ever happened to the csvr projects with no camshaft and tremendous amounts of hp and torque increases along with low temps and high mileage ???? popular hot rodding 1999-october
4 year(s) ago via
John I have a 08 GT and I love it! I have done lots of mods to it. Now I see the a 5.0L will be here soon! That will be my next car. Two GT's is better than one! AKA The Ford Man!
4 year(s) ago via
Rob I commute 50 miles each way to work, and more than 40 is on the highway at 65-70 mph. Most hybrids seem to get better mileage in the city than the highway - the reverse of regular cars. When in somebody going to make a hybrid for us long distance commuters? It should preferably be a coupe or maybe a 3 door hatch. I don't like the small doors on 4 dr. compacts, and don't need a backseat for a commuter car anyway. Something like the original Honda Insight would have been perfect (60-70 mpg highway). They just launched it at the wrong time. Funny how their new Insight falls way short even considering the change in the standard. Their new hybrid coupe coming out will only get 38 mpg. A regular Fiesta will do better than yet!
4 year(s) ago via
Esteban Please, sell Mustang Cars in Europe!
4 year(s) ago via
Mike I hadn't considered that the tests were different, but I was aware that 40mpg UK equates to 33mpg US, so saying it's the first to produce more than 300hp and more than 30mpg still doesn't really ring true. Now if they had said first car the EPA has tested to achieve this; fair enough.
4 year(s) ago via
Joe As owner of a '06 Pony pack, I was always hoping for a higher output 6 in the Mustang, to give it better balance. Looks like I bought 5 years too soon.......Great work Ford!
4 year(s) ago via
Fordman Statement is correct; this is the first production car in history to produce more than 300 horsepower and more than 30 mpg highway. Focus RS is tested using Imperial gallon and the European test cycle is different from the US EPA cycle.
4 year(s) ago via
John B I was trying to find if Ford is making or going to make a hybird diesel auto ???
4 year(s) ago via
Mike "first production car in history to produce more than 300 horsepower and more than 30 mpg highway" erm...... Focus RS - 40mpg extra urban, 305bhp It wouldn't be so bad if Ford had forgotten a competitor's car, but to forget about another ford...
4 year(s) ago via
Sam Edel I am looking to buy an F-150. I was thinking a Flareside with a V-8 but this V-6 engine looks like a possability? am I just in a dream world? I would be getting a truck for the road with 2 wheel drive.
4 year(s) ago via
Mike @alberto: Check out the new 5.0L V8 that's replacing the 4.6! I'm really impressed with the new 3.7L V6 - it's far better than the old and slow 3.5 from Dodge and the upgraded, but inefficient 3.6L V6 from Chevy. I can't wait to see how it performs!
4 year(s) ago via
Ron You may get your wish Alberto. I read they're coming out with a 5.0L V8 engine with over 400 HP.
4 year(s) ago via
alberto Now I would iike to know what would be the purpose of buying a v8 producing only 10 hp more?? Or will it just go out of production, I hope not, Il ve v8s, they should make that same 4.6l v8 more efficient and powerful..
4 year(s) ago via
Jeremy I own a 99 GT and I've always said I'd never own a V6 but man that is tempting. Love my Mustang, I'll always have a Mustang in my driveway. Keep it up Ford, this is awesome.
4 year(s) ago via
michael Love Ford, especially the Mustang. Keep it up Ford allot is riding on you to keep America strong in the marketplace. beardo
4 year(s) ago via
edvard Wow. This is a HUGE improvement from even a few years ago. I've only driven a Mustang once- the day I got married. It was a 2005 Mustang convertible with a V6. I figured that surely with a V6 the thing would get decent fuel economy. It was a super fun car to drive but the thing just guzzled gas. I think we were getting only 15-17 MPG. 30MPG means it now gets better fuel economy than my small, stripped-down 96 Tacoma with a 4 cylinder engine. Its great when you can have your cake and eat it too.
4 year(s) ago via
Virgil Dennis Ford is really stepping up and producing quality automobiles, and doing so at precisely the right time to move the company ahead of it's competition; all of which have been playing catchup since 2005. Congratulations should go to all at Ford for a job well done, and all the while using their own money to get it done...
4 year(s) ago via
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