AutoWeek has gotten the inside line on the new 5.0-liter that Ford plans to ship in the 2011 Mustang. Brace yourself, as it sounds like Ford has made plans take hold of the reins in the American muscle ring.
412 ponies will be driven by 390 ft-lbs of torque…from a 5.0 V8… with a redline of at least 6,500 RPM. That’s 83 horsepower per liter. The all new aluminum block and cylinders have been designed to let the engine breathe like an Olympian running the 100-meter dash. Cast iron sleeves help protect the light-weight block while distributing large amounts of heat away from the cylinders.
Now compare this to is American breathren. The Camaro SS outputs 422HP from it’s 6.2-liter V8, and the Challenger puts out a healthy 425 HP from its 6.1-liter SRT8 hemi. Both vehicles should weigh considerably more than the 2011 Mustang, which should give the Blue Oval a significant advantage.
So, which would you take down to the strip?