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AutoBlog: Hold Your Horses: 2011 Mustang details leak out on internet forum?

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2010 Ford Mustang GT - Click above for high-res image gallery

Some potential future Mustang news comes by way of an internet forum user who calls himself TheInsider. With a handle like that, he must know what he's talking about, right? We kid. But some of the rumors he spills gives with what we've been hearing too. In any case, this source tells the masses at The Mustang Source that the 2011 Mustang's 3.7-liter V6 will be rated at 315 horsepower, neatly outperforming the direct-injected 3.6-liter unit installed in the Chevrolet Camaro by a handful of ponies. But wait, there's more!

Moving up the power ladder a step, the 2011 GT will see a bump up to an even 400 horsepower, which we're expecting to come from the 5.0-liter Coyote V8, and those horses will be corralled though a new six-speed manual gearbox. Unfortunately, because the base V6 will sport so much additional power, the mooted EcoBoost model may never come to fruition.

As we've previously heard, rumor has it that the '11 Stang with the new Coyote V8 and Track Pack with Pirelli P Zero Corsa R tires was able to lap GingerMan Raceway in South Haven, Michigan at the same rate as a current BMW M3 - fine company indeed. The final two insights of note are that next year's GT500 will be blessed with an aluminum block and that a Boss edition is slated for 2012. Not surprisingly, six pages have accrued on the thread since yesterday morning. Click here to check out the banter in its entirety.



[source: The Mustang Source]

Hold Your Horses: 2011 Mustang details leak out on internet forum? originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 02 Sep 2009 17:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Hooray for DOHC and the death of the old 4.0 V6 and 4.6 V8. Refinement should be going way up, and I like how the new V6 makes as much hp as the V8 did a year ago. Now they just have to get rid of the solid rear axle. The Camaro still has a big advantage with independent rear suspension, but Mustang has the weight advantage. Should be some good performance comparisons next year.

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Hooray for DOHC and the death of the old 4.0 V6 and 4.6 V8. Refinement should be going way up, and I like how the new V6 makes as much hp as the V8 did a year ago. Now they just have to get rid of the solid rear axle. The Camaro still has a big advantage with independent rear suspension, but Mustang has the weight advantage. Should be some good performance comparisons next year.

I think the performance comparisons will be even more one-sided next year considering most comparos this year put the Mustang ahead even with the weak engines. From what I've seen the track performance has been the one area, along with interior style, that Mustang has eaten the Camaro's lunch. Of course, this can be attributed to the Camaro's excessive weight issue. That more than offsets any advantage that the independent rear suspension should have given the Camaro.

I point this out due to the fact that your post implies that Camaro has been winning the head to head comparisons, which in fact it has not.

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Hooray for DOHC and the death of the old 4.0 V6 and 4.6 V8. Refinement should be going way up, and I like how the new V6 makes as much hp as the V8 did a year ago. Now they just have to get rid of the solid rear axle. The Camaro still has a big advantage with independent rear suspension, but Mustang has the weight advantage. Should be some good performance comparisons next year.

Wait! You mean those OHC engines weren't refined!?!

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Wait! You mean those OHC engines weren't refined!?!

DOHC vs. OHC means one extra letter. Lots of letters must equal refinement?

As for Camaro vs. Mustang, that battle has been going on for multiple decades with the performance favor flip-flopping from side-to-side as the years progress. Anything to brag about doesn't last long for either side.

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I think the performance comparisons will be even more one-sided next year considering most comparos this year put the Mustang ahead even with the weak engines. From what I've seen the track performance has been the one area, along with interior style, that Mustang has eaten the Camaro's lunch. Of course, this can be attributed to the Camaro's excessive weight issue. That more than offsets any advantage that the independent rear suspension should have given the Camaro.

I point this out due to the fact that your post implies that Camaro has been winning the head to head comparisons, which in fact it has not.

I agree. Even with the Camaro's 100 more hp, Brembo brakes, vaunted 'ring tuned chassis and IRS - most reviewers still prefer the Mustang. It'll be a tough uphill battle for the Camaro, especially with all the "excess baggage" (mass) it has to hump around.

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