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Statistics have a funny way of being twisted to suit any story. Most recently, we heard reports that after losing out to the Camaro in the sales race, the Mustang was back on top in May, with total sales of 10,225 easily trumping those of the Camaro at 8,931. The numbers were used to support the notion that Ford‘s new models, including the 305-hp/31-mpg V6 Mustang and awesome 412-hp 5.0-liter GT, were sticking it to Chevy‘s Camaro.
Part of that is true, with the new Mustang models selling well in May. The other side of the story, however, is that 43 percent of May’s Mustang sales were 2010 models – sold with considerable discounts and incentives. According to Automotive News, the 2010 Mustang was offered with $2,500 off and anywhere from 0 to 5.9 percent financing, while the new 2011 models were not discounted and had financing as high as 7.9 percent. Ford will continue to offer excellent deals on 2010 models as it looks to off-load the models that we honestly can’t believe anyone would consider when compared to the new 2011s.
[Source: Automotive News]
The 2011 Mustang is receiving quite the attention these days thanks to a recently updated design and the new high-horsepower, fuel efficient 3.7-liter V6 and 5.0-liter V8. With all things Ford Mustang, we knew it wouldn’t take long before Saleen SMS Supercars would produce its own version, specializing in high performance while accenting the newest Stang’s already good looks. Steve Saleen founded Saleen Autosport in 1983 and hasn’t looked back since, producing high performance, modified Mustangs with daily-driving as their main focus.
SMS Supercars is Steve Saleen’s vision of producing lifestyle performance automobiles – the complete package. From bumper to bumper, each SMS Supercar has been modified from the factory to personify its owner. Most recently is the new 302 Mustang release, carrying the 302-nomination thanks to the change in displacement for 2011′s V8.
Two versions of SMS Supercars’ 302 Mustang will be offered, one for the naturally aspirated enthusiast and one for the forced induction fan. The naturally aspirated version produces 440-hp from the factory 412-hp. Meanwhile the supercharged 302SC version will boost its way to 535-hp and 450 ft-lbs of torque.
Aesthetically the 302 Mustang receives its proprietary body kit, hood, heat-extracting grilles on the outside, while suspension upgrades gives the car a more aggressive stance on its 20-inch wheels and tires. Peeking behind the classy five-spoke wheels are SMS-branded brakes. Nowadays no custom vehicle is complete without interior upgrades. The SMS 302 Mustang sports Alcantara seats, 200-mph gauges, short-throw shifter and more.
For those that just want the nitty gritty tech specs, the naturally aspirated 5.0-liter does 0-60 mph in under 4.5 seconds while the 302SC blasts away at 4.3 seconds. Neither of these vehicles can be had without paying a premium however. The NA model is available with an MSRP of $54,990 and the 30SC sports a $64,990 price tag.
GALLERY: SMS Supercars 302 2011 Ford Mustang
The official press release is available after the break.
But new 5.0-liter V8 absent so far
When spy photos first showed up on the Internet of Vaughn Gittin Jr.’s new 2011 drift Ford Mustang, many were curious on why it didn’t sport the atypical Falken Tire paint scheme. We knew he was out testing with the rest of the team, so it was clear that his “secret sponsor” would be huge and probably wanting priority on the colors campaigned on the car. So when Gittin finally debuted the car sporting an all out Monster Energy scheme, we applauded. It’s the perfect fit for the brand, throwing themselves into the mix of energy drinks that are already flying colors through Formula DRIFT competition.
Monster Energy Drink is famously known for sponsoring Ken Block, gymkhana-extraordinaire. His over-the-top videos have shocked the world and garnered the attention of millions with a simple click of an upload button to YouTube. Gittin Jr. has a similar personality as Block, driving the wheels and tires (literally!) off his Mustang in previous years of competition. Gittin has also become the poster child for the Ford Mustang Drifting-brand, having done much in his off-season to promote the Mustang chassis. He even showed off his own RTR-C Mustang at SEMA 2009.
The exterior styling of the 2011 Mustang has been changed to resemble Gittin’s RTR-C variation on the street. His relationship with HRE Wheels has always been outstanding, so it’s no surprise that he’s sporting some new ones. Falken Tires is now campaigning a new RT-615K tire for their drift team. Other than that, while the new 2011 Mustang sports a 5.0-liter V8, this drift ‘Stang still uses a 4.6L supercharged V8 from last season, laying down well-over 600-hp. The great news is, Justin Pawlak (who previously drove the Bergenholtz RX-8 we reported on earlier) will be driving Gittin’s 2010 Mustang in competition this year. Plenty of American muscle swinging sideways! We’re excited to be at Formula DRIFT Long Beach this weekend!
Gallery: 2011 Falken Tire / Monster Energy Drink Ford Mustang
The 2011 Ford Mustang looks like it will get a boost in performance, while at the same time a drop in displacement. According to a report on The Mustang News, Ford is about to replace the aging 4.0-liter V6 with a new 3.7-liter unit.
A Mustang with the new 3.7-liter engine was put on display recently at an employee town hall event at Ford’s Dearborn Development Center.
Currently the V6 makes just 210hp and 240 ft-lbs of torque – a far cry from the 265hp in the new Dodge Challenger and a far, far cry from the 300hp of Chevy’s new V6 Camaro.
Output for the new 3.7-liter unit in Lincoln’s new MKS is an impressive 273hp and 270 ft-lbs of torque. It isn’t likely to be that high in the Mustang for several reasons. Primarily, the cost associated with building a more powerful engine and the fact that those numbers are getting a little too close to the 315hp output of the V8-powered GT. Additionally, the Mustang doesn’t need all that power to keep up, as in V6 trim it already weights several hundred pounds less than cars like the Camaro.
[Source: The Mustang News]