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Leaked! 2011 Mustang GT to get 5.0 litre Coyote V8… With 412 ponies!!!

December 18, 2009

It has come to our attention via a very impatient Facebook member that the confirmed 5.0 litre ‘Coyote’ V8 to feature in the 2011 Ford Mustang (among other Ford products) will have 412 horsepower. That equates to 307 mighty kilowatts – all from a considerably small V8!

EDIT: Follow jump to see the latest leaked news! (19th Dec 09)

That may not sound much for a performance car of this caliber – but you have to consider three things:

1. This is the BASE model Mustang – there are Shelby, Saleen, Roush & plenty of other V8 versions to follow.

2. The Mustang is currently (and probably always will be) a lot lighter than its main competitors (the Camaro & Challenger)

3. The TOP OF THE RANGE Camaro (SS) & Challenger (SRT8) are only 10 – 13hp (7 – 9kW) powerful as they currently stand.

One thing for sure – this V8 should also make a fair amount of torque – and both power and torque should be made over a broad range of rpm’s. Well atleast for performance versions anyway.

What for the high end versions? Well twin-turbos and superchargers will be the way to go – or even larger 6.0 + litre versions of the Coyote might come out to play. What ever the case, we will be able to give you the news hot off the press…

EDIT: AutoWeek has let some more info out – the 5.0 Coyote in Mustang GT trim will produce 530Nm (390 lb-ft) of torque and power will come in at a whopping 6,500rpm!

The new powertrain combination will also return 9.4l/100km (!!!), or 25 miles per gallon, says AW. How does it manage this feat? With an aluminum engine block with cast cylinder sleeves and brand-new heads with four valves per cylinder, vertical intake ports and twin independent variable valve timing. Don’t forget the tuned exhaust headers, a forged steel crankshaft with four-bolt main bearings plus new pistons and connecting rods.

And what about the transmission? Your choice of either the 6R80 automatic transmission (perhaps the new ZF Sachs 8 speed for Ford Australia or the current ZF 6 speed) or the MT82 six-speed manual. Until the next bit of embargo breakage, we will keep you up to date with ALL the genuine Ford news from around the globe.

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