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To bring you the most complete review possible on the new 2011 Ford Mustang V-6 and Mustang GT models, TheCarConnection.com has driven both models firsthand, then supplemented this information with quoted highlights from other review sources.
- Awesome thrust from new V-8
- Refined, much-improved V-6
- Interior tech features—including SYNC
- Bang for the buck
- '5.0' badges are back
- Tight interior
- No telescopic steering adjustment
- Automatic transmission provides no manumatic mode
- Plastics could still be upgraded
Two all-new engines—a V-6 and a V-8—promise to make the Mustang lineup a lot more exciting for 2011. Although the 2011 Ford Mustang isn't fully redesigned, it's extensively refreshed, with a new line of powertrains, new power steering, and suspension changes that altogether guarantee that it's going to be faster, more fuel-efficient and, likely, more fun to drive.
While the 2011 Mustang has changed little on the outside, this year marks the return of the '5.0' badge, which alone is likely to bring back waves of nostalgia for anyone aged 30 to 60. By the mid-to-late '80s, the Mustang GT, with its stout 225-horse 5.0, was arguably the king of the pony cars and faster than many sports cars costing much more. In addition to those prominent fender badges declaring it's a '5.0,' the new GT gets a higher 160-mph speedometer and three new colors: Yellow Blaze Tri-Coat, Race Red, and Ingot Silver. Inside, the changes include some additional soundproofing and new door seals, plus an upgraded instrument cluster, including a 160-mph speedometer and 8,000-rpm tach. Ford's MyKey system will be offered on the Mustang for the first time for 2011, along with a garage-door opener, message center, and new blind-spot aids for the mirrors.
The Mustang received a complete refresh last year, for 2010, which most notably included completely reshaped sheetmetal on the outside, giving Mustang models a leaner yet more aggressive look. On the inside, the Mustang's look has evolved somewhat but remains very retro, with deep-dish gauges, contrasting with a thoroughly modern center stack and updated audio controls.