The Ford Mustang was first released to the public in 1964 becoming one of the most successful launches in Ford history. The engine that came in the early Mustangs ranged from 260 to 289 cu in displacement. As the Mustang was developed in later years, they came with a larger displacements, which increased the horsepower levels.

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The Ford Mustang has been one of the best selling cars in its class for nearly 16 years. Just recently General Motors release their new Camaro, and sales surpassed the Mustangs. In defense of the Mustang’s honor, Ford decided to come out with something new as well. Ford will be releasing three new motors for the 2011 Mustangs, equaling 1267 hp. This will increase the Mustang’s chances of being on top again. These motors are state of the art; they will be lighter, more powerful and use less fuel.

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The Mustang base models will be getting a 3.7 liter V6. The motor includes a new Twin Independent Variable Camshaft Timing. This will boost the hp level to 305 horsepower while increasing economy by as much as 3%. Not to bad for a 6 cylinder.

On to bigger things, the new GT model will be receiving a 5.0 liter V8 engine. 1995 was the last year the Mustang had the famed 5.0 engine. The new engine will deliver 412 horsepower and 390 lb/ft of torque while rocking a new aluminum engine block to save weight and increase handling. The car will still get 25 mpg.

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For the people that want to through down the big bucks, Ford introduced the Supercharged 5.4 liter aluminum block. This engine will be found in a 2011 Shelby GT500. The new aluminum block will be 102 pounds lighter. The supercharger will boost the horsepower to a whopping 550 horsepower and 510 ft lb of torque. The 2011 GT500 will be the first GT500 to drop the “gas guzzler tax” due to the increase in fuel economy.

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