2011 Mustang Accelerates Horsepower Race

The Mustang is not just a legend car. It’s a fan-favorite performance vehicle that has an enthusiastic base of drivers, tuners and manufacturers behind it.

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The Mustang is not just a legend car. It’s a fan-favorite performance vehicle that has an enthusiastic base of drivers, tuners and manufacturers behind it. So news of the return of the ‘5.0’ badge to the front fender of the 2011 Ford Mustang is likely to be met with a roar of approval.

Earlier this month at the 2009 Los Angeles Auto Show, Ford unveiled its 2011 Mustang, but only the base V-6 model, which itself has been upgraded with a new 3.7-liter mill churning out 305 hp and 280 pound-feet of torque. At next month’s 2010 Detroit Auto Show, however, Ford will pull the wraps off the new V-8 powered GT, which we can confirm will pack a 5.0-liter V-8 with 412 hp and 390 pounds-feet of torque on tap–just 14 hp shy of the output of the Chevrolet Camaro SS.

The new engine will come with four valves per cylinder and Ford’s latest and twin independent variable valve timing. Tuned exhaust headers, a forged-steel crankshaft, plus high-performance pistons and connecting rods will also come as standard. [via MotorAuthority]

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