2011 Ford Mustang 5.0L and Boss 302R


The Ford Mustang 5.0L is back, and it is mightier this time around! The 2011 Ford Mustang GT comes with an all-new advanced 5.0-liter V-8 engine. It was developed to deliver more than 400 horsepower. The new 5.0-liter four-valve Twin Independent Variable Camshaft Timing (Ti-VCT) V-8 engine in the new Mustang GT will deliver 412 horsepower and 390 ft.-lb. of torque, and with fuel economy in mind. Finally, the Ford Mustang has come in full circle with this new engine; it has been long overdue for the Mustang lovers.

To deliver the increased power in the 5.0-liter V-8 at 412 horsepower and fuel economy over the 2010 Mustang GT powertrain, the Ti-VCT has to be enhanced. The result is an all-new aluminum four-valve-per-cylinder heads with a compact roller finger follower valvetrain layout, which leaves more room for high-flow ports for free-breathing performance. Additionally, the increased capacity and baffling of the deep-sump stamped steel oil pan to enable sustained high-rpm use, which also allows a 10,000-mile oil change intervals for you lazy couch potatoes. Piston-cooling jets also were incorporated for faster oil warm-up on cold start.

At 412 horsepower and 390 ft.-lb. of torque delivered by the 2011 Mustang GT 5.0-liter V-8, it is a significant increase of about 70 horsepower from previous 2010 Mustang model. As for fuel economy, an estimated 25 mpg highway and 17 in the city for the six-speed automatic transmission on the 2011 Mustang GT. The Six-speed manual transmission Mustang GT models for 2011 are estimated to deliver 24 mpg highway and 16 city.

With the lightweight powertrain, the engine weighs just 430 pounds. This is more than 20 percent less versus the previous 5.0-liter model. Lower mass was also contributed by the aluminum block and heads, the lightweight composite intake manifold, composite cam covers and hollow camshafts. All this aided in the fuel economy for new 2011 Mustang.

To improve handling in the 2011 Mustang GT, enhanced rear lower control arm to add stiffness, improve powertrain NVH control and sharpen handling are added. A stiffened rear stabilizer bar for better on-center steering is also included. Stabilizer bar diameters, spring rates and dampers all have been tuned for improved dynamics. A Brembo brake package upgrade will be available for Mustang enthusiasts. This package includes 14-inch vented front discs from the GT500 Mustang, unique 19-inch alloy wheels and summer performance tires.

Prices are expected to be the same as the current Ford Mustang models.

Mustang Boss 302R

In honor of the 40th anniversary of Parnelli Jones’ 1970 Trans-Am championship in a Mustang BOSS 302 prepared by Bud Moore Engineering, Ford Racing is introducing the BOSS 302R, a factory-built race car ready for track days and road racing in a number of Grand-Am, SCCA and NASA classes.The Mustang BOSS 302R is a serialized off-road-only vehicle ready to race.

Each base model of the Mustang Boss 302R will come with a 5.0-liter four-valve engine and a six-speed manual transmission with a roll cage, race seats, safety harness, data acquisition and race dampers/springs, and a Brembo brake and tire package,  with starting price at $79,000. And, with a special Grand-Am Homologation Package (M-FR500-BOSS R1), it will also be ready to compete in the Grand-Am Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge series (formerly known as KONI Challenge), starting with the season-opening race in Daytona on Jan. 29, 2010. As of today, five BOSS 302R race cars will be delivered to customers ready to race in Daytona. The price for this BOSS 302R1 is about $129,000.

The Grand-Am Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge-ready Mustang BOSS 302R will feature a sealed high-output race engine with an upgraded cooling system, a close-ratio six-speed transmission with integral shifter, a seam-welded body, race suspension/KONI dampers and ABS brake tuning, race performance exhaust and a high-speed balance one-piece driveshaft.

A total of 50 BOSS 302R Mustangs will be built by Ford Racing, and will be available through Ford dealers. Delivery date is anticipated to be in the third quarter of 2010. So save up buckaroo! First, let us pay homage for the soon arrival of the new 2011 Ford Mustang 5.0L by checking out the video of it in action with its new 5.0L engine below.