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LA Preview: New Performance Package Makes 2011 V6 Mustang Track Ready

Package consists of handling, braking and acceleration upgrades

 |  Nov 30 2009, 9:41 AM

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With the new Mustang V6 now boasting an impressive 305-hp thanks to an all-new 3.7-liter engine, Ford has decided to launch a new Performance Package for the car aimed at improving handling, braking and acceleration.

In the acceleration department, with the more powerful engine already giving the 2011 model a big boost, the Performance Package comes with a new 3.31 rear axle to help down low. As for the brakes, they are upgraded with GT-spec calipers and Performance Friction pads.

The more significant modifications, however, have been made in the handling department. The long list of mods include Mustang GT front struts, rear shocks and springs, as well as front and rear stabilizer bars. There’s also a new strut tower brace. A set of 19-inch wheels with Pirelli performance tires will help get the power down and Ford even went so far as to donate the rear lower control arms from the Shelby GT500.

Another highlight is a new electronic stability control program with a Sport mode, that will allow for more slip in the corners. And of course, the Performance Package comes with a unique set of badges.

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Official release after the jump:

2011 FORD MUSTANG V-6 PERFORMANCE PACKAGE BOOSTS HANDLING, BRAKING; CAR NOW ROAD-COURSE READY

  • All-new 2011 Mustang V-6 joins the ranks of performance-tuned Mustang offerings worldwide; available Performance Package combines lightweight 305-horsepower all-aluminum V-6, a 3:31 performance rear axle and Mustang GT-based suspension and braking components
  • Unique 19-inch wheels and Pirelli performance tires provide superb grip and aggressive appearance
  • Electronic stability control calibration features Sport mode for high-performance driving and track-oriented events

DEARBORN, Mich., Nov. 30, 2009 – Around the globe, Ford’s performance-tuned cars are known to provide an uncompromised driving experience in a remarkably civilized package. Growing from that tradition, the new 2011 Ford Mustang V-6 will offer an optional factory-installed Performance Package that combines high-tech horsepower and a taut suspension in a package that will appeal to track-day fans and sports car aficionados alike.

Powered by the same 305-horsepower all-aluminum Ti-VCT V-6 as the new 2011 Mustang, the Performance Package takes advantage of the new engine’s lightweight and high-revving nature to deliver a nimble performance car equally at home on a road course or a road trip.

“The new Performance Package delivers on fast, fun and affordable, combining the all-new 2011 V-6 with Mustang GT prowess,” said Dave Pericak, Mustang chief nameplate engineer. “It’s a true sports car for the new generation and a smart choice for the environmentally-conscious enthusiast. It is a perfect marriage of power, performance and value.”

Borrowing from the Mustang GT, the Performance Package includes numerous suspension, braking and body stiffening upgrades to deliver unparalleled handling performance. That road-holding is helped by a near-equal front/rear weight distribution, providing exceptional transient response along with the car’s slimmed-down curb weight of less than 3,500 pounds.

2011 Mustang Performance Package upgrades include:

  • A 3.31 rear axle ratio for quicker off-the-line acceleration
  • Mustang GT coupe front and rear stabilizer bars
  • Mustang GT front struts and rear shocks/springs
  • Shelby GT500 rear lower control arm
  • Unique 19-inch wheels
  • Pirelli performance tires for improved grip
  • Mustang GT front and rear brake calipers with Performance Friction pads
  • A strut tower brace for increased body rigidity
  • Unique electronic stability control calibration with Sport mode for performance driving
  • Unique badging

The 2011 Mustang V-6 Performance Package will be available beginning late next summer, built at the Auto Alliance International Plant in Flat Rock, Mich. The new 3.7-liter V-6 will be built at Ford’s retooled Cleveland Engine Plant No. 1.

  • allen

    why not make it eco boost and bring it up from 305hp to let say350hp, that’s power.

  • jason

    im pretty frustrated since i got a 2010 v6 brand new waiting for me back home if i would have known this earlier i would have waited for the 2011 >:/

  • Colum Wood

    Seriously. It’s also ging to kill your resale value. Porsche did something like this back in the ’90s and now certain models with a smaller engine can be had for dirt cheap.

  • Chris S

    Yeah def screwed 2010 buyers on V6 and GT

  • gary m

    That does sux but for the money the 2011 mustang will be the badest thing around with as always ford quality they only make the best.

  • jzEllis

    who cares, it’s still the v6 model which will always be SLOW even with 300+hp. so what if it makes 300 PEAK hp. the torque spread isn’t there, and the car is still relatively heavy for that type of power. as to the new 5.0L. i like what they did with it. but i will be amoung the first to laugh when 400hp 5.0L mustangs still can’t beat LS2 GTOs, or mildly modded LS1 Camaros, and Firebirds. never mind the current SS Camaro. even with those hp #s the engine is still too small. 5.0L? in the world of V8s THATS JUST A BABY! lol

  • samuel Lema

    Wow dude, do you know what your saying. The new 2011 GT has beat everything its not even thinking about the camaro or gto or anything like that its going after the M3! its maybe not as great as an M3 but the specs are extremely close. Its also half the cost! so i would say there is no american company that can compete with Ford at this point and for many years to come.
    Ohh and you 2010 buyer you really did get screwed, you should have waited! But it was confusing the changed up the style one year then changed the engine the next year so i understand.

  • Asphalt Cowboy

    Yup, they should have ade al these changes together; style & engine. It does sucks for you guys who got a 2010, I bet they’re gonna have to lower their rates on the 2010′s big time, otherwise no one will get them!
    I agree with Samuel Lema; Ford got theMustang way up with both V6 & V8, Camaro’s & Dodge’s are beaten big time!
    Anyone knows how much is the performance package on the V6? Is it Coupe & Convertible or just for the Coupe? Can’t wait to see it on the brochure…

  • tenrten

    two things: first, hopefully the performance package will be available for the convert. second, please use (or offer as an option) the cloth convert top for the v6, not the vinyl !! Other than that Thanks Ford you made a nice car!!!!