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2011 Mustang


#1

I'm in the market for a new car, and have been giving serious thought to a 2011 Mustang (leaning towards GT, but even the V6 looks pretty good at 305hp).

I drive a lot for work, and need a car that I can put some serious miles on. Previously I've owned Accords, Volvo S60's, etc. These cars are about as exciting as steamed rice however, and I'm looking for something I can actually enjoy driving.

As a guy who knows dick-all about cars, how have Mustangs historically held up in regards to longevity? (assuming regular maintenance and care)


#2

Paging Prof X, Paging Prof X

Also you can probably get laid more in a Mustang compared to a Honda Accord, now I do not have studies on this for TNation to back this claim. Will wait for X to respond on that.


#3

All of the Big 3 Retro's (Mustang/Camaro/Challenger) offer decent V-6's and reasonable mileage.

I concur with the "laid more' conclusion from Derek, lol.


#4

I will say only this. A V-6 in a Mustang, Camaro, or Challenger is an abomination. God kills a baby turtle for every V-6 "Muscle Car" that rolls off the line.


#5

Todays V-6 engines are fucking awesome. Technology is amazing.

That said, if you can swing the GT, insurance and gas, do it because why not?

I do like the Mustangs out these days. They seemed to go from muscle car to high school chick car for awhile but they do have some sexy curves again.


#6

+1 although the new V6's are much more powerful then even the best V8's of yesteryear


#7

Purist.

You're right though, nothing beats the sound of a V-8.

Except maybe a large displacement V-8.

I'm hoping to get my car stuff out of the divorce by spring.

I have a Pontiac 400 sitting on an engine stand I'd like to put into something to drive around with.


#8

Whatever. I drive a 11 Mustang. It is the shit. That is all.

Anyone who doesn't understand this year's V6 can beat the V8 from just 2 to 3 years ago is not aware of the facts.


#9

No, I understand "the facts" lol

I still live by "There is no replacement for displacement"- all things being equal. That doesn't mean this year's V-6 will be more powerful than this year's or next year's V8.

Of course, the elephant in the room is the fact that with 305 hp, the new Mustang V-6 is within just 10 hp of the 4.6-liter V-8 that powers the current Mustang GT. How on earth will that play out, you ask? Well, those two engines may actually never be sold side by side, since we expect a commensurately enhanced 2011 Mustang GT to enter the scene around the same time as the new V-6 hits the market late next summer, rumored to be powered by Fordâ??s new â??Coyoteâ?? V-8 displacing a nice round 5.0 liters and producing somewhere north of 400 hp. That should help maintain some distance between the two models.

http://www.caranddriver.com/news/car/09q4/2011_ford_mustang_v6-official_photos_and_info


#10

My first project car was a 77 Firebird Formula. Loved the Pontiac power.


#11

All I know is I've been "raced" by every camarro and 01 (or earlier mustang) and they get beat.

This is all false of course because i would NEVER do anything so wreckless as to race someone else on a bike or in a car.

This has been an X-Enterprises public service announcement.

Eat your vitamins, kids.


#12

You can't seriously make that generalization because you may have road raced a couple camaros or other cars. Would you seriously buy a car based on anecdotal road races? That's not how you measure performance. Car and Driver is sad. :frowning:

Also, you're comparing two different cars with two different engines, weights, performance.

btw, you posted before I got my edits in on last post re: V8 v V6.


#13

Dude, I posted all of the links to the vids in my last Mustang thread. You missed it?


#14

This one?

http://tnation.T-Nation.com/free_online_forum/music_movies_girls_life/camaro_vs_mustang?id=4149828&pageNo=0

I must have missed the video where the V6 Mustang eats the V8 Mustang.. Please link

Mustang smokes the Camaro and Challenger (over all). We're not having that conversation, though.


#15

Dude, the Mustang beat all of them in 2011. That was one of the reasons I bought it.


#16

Also, the company itself states the V^ can beat an older V8.

http://v6mustangperformance.com/news/2011-v6-mustang-beat-2010-v8-mustang-vir/

Oops.

I guess X does know what he's talking about.

vroom vroom


#17

You're not reading what I'm typing.


#18

Read above SLOW POKE.

See, I'm even faster at posting.


#19

I've said it before and i'll say it again.

There is a replacement for displacement. It's called brains and technology.

400bhp from a 5.0 V8 is inefficient as hell.

2012 Nissan GTR makes any american muscle car look like an 8 yr old boy in a tutu.


#20

Yes, an older V8. This is not in dispute (again, go read my earlier post).

Also:

"We might have found our minds wandering on the speed-limited straights, but the Mustang had no problem holding our attention in the corners."

"V6 Performance Package" v "V8 GT".

Again, all things being equal........