Mustang adds power and excitement
V6 coupe: Antilock brakes; stability control; front seat side air bags; leather trimmed seats; six way power driver seat; air conditioning; cruise control; manual tilt steering wheel; 500 watt Shaker audio system; Sync voice control for audio and phone; ambient lighting; Sirius satellite radio; split folding rear seat; capless fuel filler; electric power steering; power locks, windows and mirrors.
GT: Antilock brakes; stability control; front seat side air bags; six way power driver seat; two way po adidas football wer passenger seat; air conditioning; cruise control; manual tilt steering wheel; 500 watt Shaker audio system; Sync voice control for audio and phone; ambient lighting; Sirius satellite radio; split folding rear seat; capless fuel filler; electric power steering; power locks, windows and mirrors.
Options on test vehicle: Navigation system; rear parking assist video camera; dual zone automatic climate control; glass roof; Brembo brakes; 3.73 ratio limited slip rear axle; premier interior leather trim. combined. Regular gasoline. combined. Regular gasoline. combined. Regular gasoline. highway/22 combined
The 2011 Ford Mustang (THREE STARS out of four stars) adds power, fuel efficiency and value, making a great car even better.
Graced with a sweet new 5.0 liter V8 and a V6 that produces nearly as much power as the V8 in the 2010 Mustang GT, the latest pony car is the first Mustang that can compete with Asian and European luxury coupes as well as traditional foes like the Chevrolet Camaro and Dodge Challenger.
The 2011 Mustang lacks curtain air bags, however. The safety feature is available on key competitors and a must have to win the highest crash test ratings. The Mustang offers a wide variety of other advanced features, however, including some that can’t be found on more expensive luxury coupes.
In the bad old days, Ford’s product development brain trust would have looked at the 2010 Mustang a really good car with a host of new features, new sheet metal and other cosmetic improvements and taken a five year coffee break.
For too long, the Ford Way was to develop a good vehicle and stand pat for years as other brands brought out newer, better cars. That’s how the 1980s and ’90s vintage Taurus plummeted from America’s best selling car to rent a wreck irrelevance.
Ford CEO Alan Mulally promised to change that when he took over in 2006. Mulally came adidas football from the airline industry, where vehicles stay in production for decades.
Nonetheless, he understood that a 4 year old car is about as appealing as a day old tuna sandwich. Mulally promised that Ford vehicles would get major changes every three or four years. Nobody in the justifiably cynical press believed him. Historically, auto executives will claim a car is all new if the floor mats change color. That’s why journalists tend to take our coffee breaks when executives say they’ve got big changes coming year after year.
Mulally made the rookie mistake of meaning exactly what he said, and now he’s delivered on it. The 2011 Mustang feels almost entirely new, thanks to a pair of new engines, two new transmissions, and a host of upgrades from bigger brakes to sound deadeners.
Prices for the 2011 Mustang coupe start at $22,145 for a base model with a 305 horsepower 3.7 liter V6 and six speed manual transmission. Adding a six speed automatic transmission raises the price to $23,140. Ford introduced a 412 horsepower 5.0 liter V8 in the 2011 Mustang GT. Prices for the GT start at $29,645 with a six speed manual and $30,640 with a six speed automatic.
I tested a well equipped V6 Mustang Premium that cost $30,605 and a loaded GT that stickered at $40,300. Both cars had manual transmissions. All prices exclude destination charges.
Convertible versions of the 2011 Mustang start at $27,145 for a V6 model adidas football and $34,645 for a GT. l haven’t driven the 2011 co adidas football nvertible yet, but I will test it this summer.