A year or two ago, the rumor mill was abuzz with speculation that Ford might offer a version of its EcoBoost V-6 on the 2011 Mustang—and it might even replace the V-8.
Ford certainly won’t deny that they’ve been looking at the possibility of an EcoBoost Mustang, but it just isn’t in the works for now, or for the next model year or two.
For now, there are two very strong and fuel-efficient engines to be proud of in the 2011 Mustang. A new 305-horsepower, 3.7-liter V-6 powers the Mustang. Ford has said that the V-6 Mustang is the only production vehicle that makes more than 300 horsepower and also goes more than 30 miles per gallon. And the Mustang GT packs a new 412-horsepower, 5.0-liter V-8 that will turn up the heat against the Chevrolet Camaro SS.
New V-6 is all in the family—and thoroughly modern
While we’ve brought you quite a few details on the new V-8, there’s more background on the V-6 to be told. For those who are wondering, the new V-6 shares its block and some of the lower pieces of the engine with the Ford-designed engine that’s installed in the Mazda CX-9 and Mazda6, but it has completely different cylinder heads and ancillaries. It also shares most of the moving bottom-end components—including crank and even bearings—with the EcoBoost 3.5-liter that’s in the Ford Taurus SHO, Ford Flex, and many other Lincoln and Ford products already. That engine is rated up to 365 hp and 350 pound-feet of torque.