The tagline reads “All Legend. No Compromise.” And as usual, Ford is as good as its word.
The 5.0 is back, big time, in the all-new, all-awesome 2011 Mustang – the newest and greatest incarnation of one of the top-selling vehicles of all time. Recent Mustang models have drawn on the car’s legendary look; now, Ford engineers pay homage to its iconic history as America’s all-time-champion muscle car.
The power that left the Challenger and the Trans Am in the dust is on full display in a 2011 model optimized for speed and performance. Re-mastered to deliver a dizzying 412 horsepower and a whopping 390 foot-pounds of torque, the new Mustang starts with 5.0 liters and never stops: Twin independent variable-cam timing provides topflight performance at any RPM, while everything from piston-cooling jets to high-flow dual exhaust to the lightweight aluminum engine block combines for an unprecedented display of power and efficiency.
Bottom line: This pony rocks.
“The Mustang is always a great car,” says Lou Evans, GSM at Hassett of Wantagh, where interest in the Ford mainstay is at an all-time high. “But this model is special. With the 2011, it’s all about speed … I mean, this car is fast.”
If an innovative, 32-valve V8 is this Mustang’s heart (305 horsepower V6 models are also available.) and a smooth, six-speed transmission is its soul, its masters wasted no effort prettying it up, either. This is the most luxurious pony ever to roll off the Ford line, a combination of classic looks, sleek upgrades and fantastic creature comforts sure to please every driver.
Start with eleven class-exclusive features, including the industry-first MyKey™ system, which allows you to enforce your own specific driving restrictions. Add the seamless, one-piece instrument panel; a floor console designed specifically for more-precise shifting; ambient lighting in seven available colors; and bright aluminum interior accent panels. Then spoil yourself with available navigation systems (featuring integrated SIRIUS Travel Link™) and the Ford-exclusive SYNC ® system, providing hands-free activation of your phone, music and more.
That’s when you understand how different this Mustang is. And with a starting MSRP of $22,145, the super-charged, super-cool ’Stang remains one of the easiest-to-afford luxuries you’ll ever own.
Come start your own legend at Hassett of Wantagh, where the exclusive Owner Advantage Program adds value to each and every great deal. But come soon … Lou, for one, expects the 2011s to fly off the lot.
“There’s truly never been anything like it,” he says. “Ford has really broken the mold.”