From the 2010 Detroit Auto Show, Cars.com's Mike Hanley takes a look at the 2011 Ford Mustang 5.0.
<v Announcer>Cars.com auto review. (upbeat music) Hi, I'm Mike Hanley with Cars.com and we're here at the Detroit auto show checking out the 2011 Ford Mustang.
The big news for the Mustang is that it gets a new five liter V8 engine that makes 412 horsepower and 390 pounds-feet of torque. Now for Mustang fans of a certain age, there's a certain mystique associated with the five liter V8 displacement, but this is a completely modern engine that goes into the new Mustang GT. It cranks out the 412 horsepower I mentioned, but it also features technology like headers, a composite intake manifold, a Ford steel crankshaft and a red line of 7,000 RPM. In addition to the new V8 engine, the GT also gets new six speed transmissions, either a manual or an automatic. This one has the manual and it has a feature that enthusiasts may not like. It's called skip shift and it forces you from first to fourth gear under light acceleration, but if you accelerate like a Mustang is meant to accelerate, you won't have to worry about that. The Mustang gained a lot of styling changes for 2010 and those all carry over for 2011, except in place of a GT badge on the front fender, you now get this 5.0 badge. The Mustang GT is one of our favorite muscle cars and it won a comparison test on Cars.com against the Chevy Camaro SS and Dodge Challenger RT recently, and with the new five liter V8 that's going in the Mustang, we can't help but think the 2011 model is going to be even better. <v Announcer>For more car related news, go to Cars.com or our blog kickingTires.net.