2011 Mustang GT gets 412 HP 5.0 V8

When Ford dropped the 5.0 way back in 1996, in favor of the more powerful but smaller 4.6 liter V8, enthusiasts cried foul.  They liked the legendary, if power-lacking, five point oh.  Fifteen long years later, the 5.0 is back, baby.  That’s right, the 2011 Mustang GT will sport a 412 HP 5.0 liter V8.  Oh, and there will be a cool 390 lb-ft of torque on tap, if you’re in to that sort of thing.

While technically, the 2011 GT will fall short in the horsepower wars ( The Camaro SS makes 426 HP, while the Challenger SRT8 makes 425 HP ), I don’t think anyone will care.  Remember, we’re looking at a nearly 100 HP jump over the 2010 model.  And, there’s always the weight issue.  While not exactly a featherweight, the Mustang is several hundred pounds lighter than it’s crosstown competition.  What does that add up to?  The Mustang will take the performance crown back, no doubt.

I’ve always had a soft spot for the iconic pony car.  Adding a bigger engine and more horses under the hood is fantastic news.  Oh, did I forget to mention this little tidbit?  Ford is expecting a gas mileage bump to 25 MPG on the highway.  ZOMG.

Published on December 21, 2009 in Ford

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