With 0-60 times expected in the low four-second range, the GT now delivers the straight-line acceleration of exotics just a few years ago.
There's so much torque on command, even just above idle, that you have to roll into the throttle carefully out of tight turns. An abrupt change in pavement surface during a full-throttle pass didn't provide the shock that we anticipated, but overall this is definitely a car that begs to be driven hard yet rewards for some level of finesse and restraint.
The 2011 Ford Mustang GT really didn't feel differently sprung than the V-6, and it steered and handled just as well—provided you're careful with the power. In fact, a new V-6 Performance Package will add the GT suspension plus summer performance tires, a strut tower brace, and more to the V-6. In both cars, the new EPAS electric power steering system tracked well while the suspension held on through rough sections of pavement better than we would have ever hoped for a design that still relies on a solid axle in back.
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As we also mentioned in our drive of the V-6, these new Mustangs completely recalibrate your performance and value expectations in a muscle car or sports coupe.
The new 2011 Mustang GT is wildly fast and wildly fun, and Ford likely opened up the gate for an entirely new performance legend.