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Jalopnik: 2011 Ford Mustang Gets 315 HP V6, 5.0-Liter "Coyote" V8, Six-Speed Gearbox [Over The Back Fence]

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2011_Ford_Mustang_01.jpgThe 2011 Ford Mustang V6 will get a Camaro-beating 315 HP V6, according to leaked info posted on The Mustang Source. The new "Coyote" V8, however, will only make 400 HP, slightly behind the Camaro SS. More below.

This information is in line with what we've been hearing from our sources at Ford all year. The 2010 Ford Mustang GT came second in our Muscle Car Comparison Test chiefly due to the horsepower deficit between it and the 2010 Chevy Camaro SS (As well as a lack of panache. Wes keeps forgetting this. Kids. — Ed.), an additional 85 HP will go a long way towards making that up.

When we tested a Track Pack-equipped 2010 Mustang GT late last year we were enormously impressed by its handling and composure, with our only real concern being over the somewhat weak and wooden brakes. The Brembos would be a welcome addition.

Here's The Mustang Source's inside scoop:

3.7L V6 to be rated at 315 horsepower: Same as 2010 GT; 15 hp more than Camaro V6

No immediate plans for EcoBoost V6 Mustang due to small horsepower gap between EcoBoost and 5.0L V8 (365 vs 400)

2011 Mustang GT to be rated at 400 horsepower, will get increase in 2012

2011 Mustang GT to get 6-speed transmission and variable valve timing

2011 Mustang GT Track Pack to include Brembo brakes

2011 Mustang GT 5.0L V8, 6-speed, track pack, Brembo brakes ran even with 414-hp BMW M3, which is 200 lbs lighter, at GingerMan Raceway in South Haven, Michigan

2011 Shelby GT500
to get Aluminum Block

Next special edition: 2012 Boss

It should be noted that the lap time comparison allegedly took place between a Mustang wearing R-compound rubber and an M3 on street tires.

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wonder if the v6 will get a 6speed...

It should. Ford's looking to have 6-spd transmissions in all its cars in a couple of years.

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I wonder which V6 this is...an uprated 3.5 Duratec?

There was talk at one time of the Mustang getting the 3.7L which makes 273 hp currently in the MKS. I don't know how accurate that still is, but that would be a 42 hp bump to make 400.

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It has been confirmed by ford that the mustang v6 will be the 3.7. What we don't know is the exact rating. 315 seams a tad high but its supposed to be more then the fwd applications. everything floatig around the net says close to 300 HP at the least

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315 hp from the 3.7 liter seems reasonable, Nissan gets 330 hp from a 3.7 liter. Great base engine for the Mustang, because a couple years ago the V8 was only making 300 hp, now the V6 Mustang should perform like a GT of a couple years ago did.

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smk, not to mention the embarrassment that was the Ranger V6... just about everybody's ready to see that thing gone.

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