New Engines for Mustang Help Rev Up Orders

By Ford Social Member

In just the first month, the 2011 Ford Mustang has three times more orders than the 2010 model did. The total so far is nearly 11,000, and 50 percent of those orders are for the Mustang V6 with the all-new 3.7-liter engine.

“Fuel economy ranks among the top two reasons people choose vehicles,” said Steve Ling, North America Car Marketing manager. “With the 2011 Mustang lineup, we’ve found a way to offer even better fuel efficiency for V6, GT and even Shelby GT500 performance drivers – while improving performance. And consumers are responding.”

The all-aluminum Duratec 3.7-liter dual overhead-cam (DOHC) Twin Independent Variable Cam Timing (Ti-VCT) engine delivers 305 horsepower and an expected best-in-class EPA fuel efficiency of 30 mpg on the highway – a 25 percent improvement versus the 2010 model.

In addition, a first-ever Mustang Club of America (MCA) Special Edition package available on V6 models generated three times more orders than expected. Orders for the California Special series – which is available on the Mustang GT and harkens back to the original 1968 package – are triple the expected rates.

For the 2011 model, 41 percent of orders are for Mustang GTs. The Mustang GT’s modern 5.0-liter four-valve, Ti-VCT V8 engine delivers 412 horsepower and 390 ft.-lb. of torque. At the same time, fuel economy of 25 mpg highway is projected to be better than the previous model and unsurpassed in the segment.

Approximately 9 percent of the 2011 Mustang orders are for Shelby GT500 models, which are powered by an all-new aluminum-block 5.4-liter supercharged V8 engine. This produces 550 horsepower and 510 ft.-lb. of torque, a 10 horsepower increase versus the 2010 model. The engine also is 102 pounds lighter than its predecessor, delivering a better power-to-weight ratio, improved fuel economy, acceleration, handling and steering precision.

Ford Motor Company is investing $155 million and adding 60 jobs at its Cleveland operations to build a new fuel-efficient V6 engine for the 2011 Mustang. The investment and jobs at Ford’s Cleveland Engine Plant No. 1 brings the company’s investment in powertrain engineering and facility upgrades in North America to $1.8 billion to support its 2011 vehicle launches – with more to come. The total number of jobs being added as part of these investments is 1,260. The new Mustang engine is one of nine new or upgraded engines or transmissions for 2011 model Ford, Lincoln and Mercury vehicles.

The 5.0-liter V8 engine is built at Ford’s Essex Engine Plant in Windsor, Ontario. The 5.4-liter supercharged V8 is built at Ford’s Romeo, Mich., Engine Plant.
jikm 03/11/2010
thanks for answering engine show this to somebody who chooses colors..I totally agree there should be a shade of green..I believre it was the '04 that last had that irishmen at ford labs??
rory 03/11/2010
Any dealer can order you one right now. All the 2011 pricing and options can be
found on the net (most mustang sites have the info) Job 1 is march 15.
Bryon Letterman 03/10/2010
Im not sure exactly when theyre gonna make the 2011 models available, but ive already got my order in for the new 5.0 through a overseas military sales program. I was told that they should probably release them around April or May.
Richard Truett 03/09/2010

I'm Richard Truett, Ford's Powertrain Communications Manager. I just wanted to set the record straight on Horatio's post about the powerful and fuel efficient 3.7-liter V-6 in the 2011 Mustang.

That's a Ford designed and built engine. It is not a Mazda engine. The Mustang's 3.7-liter V-6 is made right here the United States at Ford's Cleveland #1 engine plant.

Mazda does use a similar 3.7-liter engine in its CX9 that is made in Japan and shares some parts with Ford's 3.7. But Mazda's engine was also designed by Ford engineers in Dearborn. There are significant differences between Mazda's 3.7 and the one used in the Mustang. For example, the 2011 Mustang V-6, which, by the way, carries an EPA rating of 31 MPG on the highway – a first for a 305 horsepower car – uses Ford's Ti-VCT or Twin Independent Variable Cam Timing. Mazda's 3.7 liter does not. Also, the Mustang's intake, exhaust and front engine cover and related parts are different and unique to Ford.

I hope that clears up any confusion there might be about the Mustang's best in class V-6 engine.

Richard Truett
Ford Communciations
Horatio 03/09/2010

I read that a lot of pre -orders are for the 3.7 liter MAZDA Engine.
It`s a japaneese engine, and there`s nothing more wrong than driving alegendary muscle car with an import engine. The 5.0 liter Coyote is the real deal.
I`d never buy a Mustang with a Mazda engine.
It`s sooo wrong!
Greg 03/06/2010
The premium interior option with the Cashmere accent is absolutely silly. I was recently at the Chicago Auto Show and the Black Mustang GT with Brick Red interior was so soiled it left me with a bad taste.You would think the people who designed this interior would at least tone the color down a little and mathch the surrounding seat compoents.
Bill 03/04/2010
It says the amount of orders on the 2011 Mustang but Ford's website will not let you build/price one . When to they plan to make it aval. ?
rick 03/01/2010
put this 3.7 in the fusion and you have a baby sho that would kick camry,altimas all over and alot of other cars as well
Chris 03/01/2010
Speaking of colors, why can you get the regular 2010 ford mustang/GT in candy apple red, but not the shelby GT 500? The shelby should have a limited line of colors that are not available on regular models, not the other way around. Whoever thought of this was not thinking about shelby owners who care about protecting the uniqueness of Their cars.
h t w 02/28/2010
I agree - current color selection is limited - add 'hotter' colors. For example you can not get a 2010 Fusion hybrid in red. Why the hell not? Who makes these decisions for Ford anyway? Not a car person, that's for sure!
V 02/27/2010
I would love to order one of the new v6 ponies, but the color selection sucks. I'm a green car person (British racing green MG, electric green 2000 stang, cactus green Jeep liberty renegade), and from the looks of it, a person can't even get a mustang in green anymore. I'm not willing to dish out an extra few grand for a decent paint job on top of the cost of a new car, so I have to wait and buy a used one then have it painted. Considering that on a weekly basis, somebody, either at the gas station, in the parking ramp, or in a store parking lot has commented on how good my current mustang looks ("is that a stock color or did you do it custom?" "love your car" etc) I'd say electric green would be a great color to revive for the 2011 or at this point, for the 2012. My mustang is starting to show its age and could use a rest in the garage, but I'm not about to settle for a car that doesn't meet my standards. And really, Ford has the nerve to roll out a mustang that looks like a urine sample on four wheels and tell us it's "sunset gold metallic", but we can't get a single shade of green? Can you even get highland green anymore? (I know it's only for the Bullit 'stangs).... Meanwhile there are like 3 shades of gray (which is the most boring and ubiquitous color you could possibly put on a car!