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The 2011 Ford Mustang isn’t an entirely new car, but a massive update brought about by competition from the Chevrolet Camaro and to a lesser extent the Dodge Challenger. It is a signal that the pony car war is building up steam.
To celebrate the upcoming end to the media blackout of information of the 2011 Mustang and it’s 5.0L DOHC engine, Motor Trend has reprinted several classic 5.0 Mustang articles online.
The earliest article in out of the four is Motor Trend’s first drive of the 1982 Mustang GT 302 H.O. The only high performance mustangs up to that point were the 2.3L Turbo fours that were making around 145 hp. The new V-8 was making 160hp and 260 ft lbs of torque in ’83, allowing the Mustang to rip to 0-60 in 6.9 seconds.
The second oldest article is a comparison of the 1983 Mustang GT against the Chevrolet Camaro Z28 and Dodge Daytona Turbo Z. This long comparison mainly focused on the technical aspects of the new Daytona, but does go into the Mustang and Camaro a bit, more so with track testing. There are no real results, so don’t go looking for a winner here.
The First Drive of the 1987 Mustang GT is the second newest article. This year the mustang received a facelift with a body kit, flush headlights. The most important upgrade was that the 5.0L engine received its first fuel injection system and brought the power up to 230 hp.
The latest in the quartet of articles comes from 1993 with a comparison of the all then new Camaro Z28 against the Mustang Cobra. The Mustang was getting long in the tooth by this time, so the Camaro Z28 walked all over the Cobra. This article just shows how good competition is when developing new cars.
These articles serve as reminders to the upcoming comparisons and first drives of the new Mustang. Now all that needs to happen is for Chrysler and Chevrolet to update their cars to start the cycle over.
[Source: Motor Trend]