2011 Mustang GT - return of the 5.0
High school parking lots beware, it’s the return of the 5.0! Fifteen years after Ford dropped the 5.0-liter V8, it will once again turn to the famous engine size to be its top dog (okay, so the original engine really displaced 4.9-liters, but 5.0 just sounded a lot cooler.)
When we first got the specs for the 2010 Mustang, we knew that there had to be a new engine for the GT model. The standard car 2010 has a choice of two engines: a 4.0-liter 210 hp V6 (carryover from the 2009 model), and a 4.6-liter 315 hp V8 (upgraded from the 2009 GT). These are not bad engines, but its hard to call the 2010 car new if they arrive under the same old power. Plus 315 hp wouldn’t be enough to compete with the 425 hp Dodge Challenger SRT8 and 422 hp Camaro SS.
So for 2011, Ford is rumored to bring it the big guns, with a new 5.0-liter engine code named “Coyote”. In a time when the automakers are cutting back, we’re still confident Ford can find a place for this engine because it will also likely find a home in the 2011 F-150. For the Mustang GT, we expect to see figures of around 400 hp and 400 lbs-ft of torque from this new lone wolf.