For nearly every fan of the Ford Mustang, few numbers will elicit as much excitement as 5.0. The iconic 5.0 liter V8, last seen back in 1995, had been the performance benchmark for many enthusiasts for quite some time until the introduction of the 4.6 liter V8. Now, Ford is planning a reintroduction of the legendary engine to combat the higher output V8 engines of Dodge and Chevrolet.
In an official announcement made a few days back, Ford released that the 2010 Mustang GT would receive a newly designed version of the Ford 5.0 liter, this time based on the 5.4 liter used in the previous iterations of Shelby variants. For the upcoming powerplant, a new bore and stroke have been employed bringing the actual displacement up to an even 5 liters, as opposed to the previous generation that was just under. Along with new internal components, the upcoming 5.0 will crank out 414 horsepower and 400lb/ft at the flywheel. This is a 33% increase over the 4.6 liter currently used.
Along with a jump in power, the 2011 Mustang GT 5.0 will also make used of Ford's Twin Independent Variable Camshaft Timing (Ti-VCT) System. The system reads the driver's throttle input and, after taking the current gear and speed, then adjusts the ECU parameters to offer either the maximum amount of power or the best fuel economy. The inclusion of the Ti-VCT system bumps the fuel economy up to 17 in the city and 25 on the highway when using the six-speed automatic transmission. The manual gearbox will achieve the same 16 city and 24 highway as the current 4.6 liter.
Of course, Ford couldn't bring back the 5.0 without also designing a high performance Mustang to put it in. Taking this honor will be the 2011Mustang Boss 302R. Designed specifically for the track, the Boss 302R will come from the factory with a full roll-cage, safety harness and racing seats. The suspension has also been upgraded to provide better cornering and a set of performance Brembo brakes to help with stopping.
The full run of Boss 302R's will only be 50 vehicles, with the price starting at $79,000.World Car Fans