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2011 Ford Mustang - Review


2011 Ford Mustang V-6

Boy is this an unfair fight.

On the one hand there’s a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine from Hyundai good for 210 horsepower battling a bruising, 3.7-liter V-6 good for 305 horsepower, which allows the Mustang to smoke the Genesis Coupe to 60 mph by a full second (about 6.5 seconds for the Hyundai vs. 5.5 for the Ford).

But if going straight were the whole fight you wouldn’t put these two two-doors in the same ring.

And maybe they still don’t belong on the same stretch of tarmac — car nuts will say that the Mustang is for Red State fans of Nascar and the Hyundai will sell only on the coasts where the tuner fans reside.

But have you traveled America, or just listened to what the pundits tell ya?

This summer I’ve been all over the supposedly homogeneous South, as well as the far west, the Northeast, the Northwest... basically I’ve covered a lot of the nation, from Red to Blue and back again and if you look at the automotive vote it’s a hell of a lot more jumbled than it used to be. You’ll see Hyundais in Alabama, and lots of Mustangs in New Jersey. Calling it like I see it, I’d say these two cars are competing for similar buyers for one simple reason: Follow the money.

Price vs. Price
The Hyundai 2.0T R-Spec is a sort of pre-baked tuner. For $23,750 it comes with excellent Brembo brakes at all four corners, a stiffer suspension, limited-slip differential and larger, 19-inch wheels fitted with summer-rated, grippy (225/40R-19) rubber. The six-speed manual gearbox doesn’t change, and the interior is a bit bland, and the finish quality of said cockpit is merely middling. One very good thing: The Hyundai’s suspension is fully independent, where the Mustang still relies on a solid rear axle.

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