The new 2011 Ford Mustang isn’t going to be your daddy’s V-6, that is unless he managed to combine 305 horsepower and 30 miles per gallon in the same motor. Yes, the new 2011 Ford Mustang packs a more potent punch with a new 3.7-liter dual overhead cam (DOHC) V-6 that is part of the Ford Duratec family. This particular engine uses Twin Independent Variable Camshaft Timing (Ti-VCT) and Direct Acting Mechanical Bucket (DAMB) valvetrain to vary valve control through the rev range.

2011 Ford Mustang

2011 Ford Mustang

I know what you are thinking, that is nice and all, but that is like explaining the details of quantum physics to a five year old. Basically, the camshaft timing and valvetrain technology improvements allow the new V-6 to rev to seven grand and achieve a three percent gain in fuel economy. It doesn’t stop there; these improvements also allow the engine to crank out ten percent more power than a standard engine without the Ti-VCT and DAMB improvements.

Technological improvements are great, but we all know that the real reason for a muscle car like the Mustang is the sound. The engineers at Ford have taken this primal fact to heart and according to our partners over at TheCarConnection.com, have tuned the engine sounds with “satisfying performance sounds in mind.” Other improvements to the 2011 Ford Mustang include a new automatic transmission option, new rear-end gear ratios, blind spot aid, aerodynamic enhancements and new electric power-steering just to name a few.

Bottom line—Ford has pony’ed up to meet the performance and economy bar that was set earlier this year by the 2010 Chevrolet Camaro. So now the only question left is, are you a bow-tie bubba or pony ridin’ cowboy?

 

For the full scoop on the 2011 Ford Mustang, check out TheCarConnection.com.