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Enthusiasts have been clawing at the idea of a reborn 5.0-liter Mustang and a 400-horsepower version, too--and they just may get their wish sometime next year.
Twin reports today suggest two new 'Stangs are in the works for the 2011 model year. MustangBlog.com reports that a 400-horsepower, 5.0-liter V-8 Mustang could be in Ford's lineup as the automaker gets ready to issue a new range of powerful V-8 engines. Bill Ford Jr., appearing on CNBC, seemed to let it slip that "we can give you the Mustang with 400 horsepower," which would be low by Shelby GT500 standards, but a useful bump from today's stock 2010 Mustang GT and its 315 hp.
On the other end of Mustang performance, Ford's set to offer a new V-6 to replace the current 210-hp, 4.0-liter V-6. All signs point to the Duratec 3.7-liter V-6 found in a range of Fords, from the new Lincoln MKS to even the Mazda CX-9. The new engine is also turbocharged in other versions and could be fitted with direct injection, which could also give Ford a middle performance option like the old Mustang SVO--a turbocharged offering somewhere between the base car and the V-8 editions. The new engine won't slot into the Mustang until the 2011 model year, according to TheMustangNews, leaving the better part of a year for further developments.
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