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 |  Jan 14 2010, 11:38 AM

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Ford is set to completely revamp its truck lineup with new fuel-efficient engines, offering not only an optional EcoBoost V6, but also a V6 as the base engine. According to a report by PickupTrucks.com, the Lincoln 3.7-liter V6 that recently made its way into the base Mustang will also come standard in the F-150.

In the Mustang, the V6 engine makes 305-hp and 280 ft-lbs of torque, plenty more horsepower and only slightly less torque than the current base 4.6-liter V8 with 248-hp and 294 ft-lbs. And with a few minor tweaks, Ford could easily tone down the power and up the torque a few ticks.

The new 3.7-liter V6 is likely to be offered in XL and STX models, although it may also be offered in XLT trim. While not a cheap engine to produce with its high-tech twin variable valve timing, Ford’s continued use of this engine in more and more models will certainly help reduce production costs across the board.

In addition, this new engine would vastly improve the F-150′s fuel economy, as the new engine makes as much as 30-mpg highway in the Mustang.

Ford stopped offering a V6 in the F-150 in 2009, but now its set to return by 2012.

[Source: PickupTrucks.com]

 |  Dec 02 2009, 12:36 PM

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Ford has chosen the LA Auto Show to debut its significantly more powerful 2011 Mustang V6. In fact, the new 3.7-liter V6 engine, which replaces the larger and older 4.0-liter mill makes almost as much power as the 2010 Mustang GT. Power is now rated at 305-hp, up 95 ponies from 210! Torque is up too, by 40 ticks to 280 ft-lbs. Full power comes on at 6500 rpm with full torque at 4250 rpm. Plus, Ford says the new engine will deliver 19/30 mpg (city/highway) with a six-speed automatic or 18/29 mpg with a six-speed manual. Yup, finally a six-speed for the Mustang.

And as though all this we’re good enough, the all-aluminum block weighs less than the old 4.0-liter engine.

To achieve all these improvements, the motor uses Ford’s Twin Independent Variable Camshaft Timing (Ti-VCT). Essentially, this is the same engine that Ford first used in the Lincoln MKS.

Perhaps most importantly, however, is the fact that this new engine trumps that found in the new Camaro – by 1-hp. That certainly isn’t much, but by being able to make the claim is certain to help Ford win back some sales from Chevy. And in Ford’s smaller and lighter package, performance will no doubt put the Mustang ahead of the Camaro.

Ford is expected to announce the return of the 5.0-liter Mustang GT, with 400-plus horsepower,  at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit in January.

GALLERY: 2011 Ford Mustang

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 |  Nov 30 2009, 8:42 AM

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Ford has officially announced that it will debut an all-new V6 engine for the 2011 Mustang at the LA Auto Show later this week. The new engine is smaller, displacing just 3.7-liters compared to the old 4.0-liter mill, but power is up significantly. In fact, power is way up with the new motor getting a bump from 210-hp to 305-hp! Torque is up too, by 40 ticks to 280 ft-lbs. Full power comes on at 6500 rpm with full torque at 4250 rpm. Plus, Ford says the new engine will deliver 19/30 mpg (city/highway) with a six-speed automatic or 18/29 mpg with a six-speed manual. Yup, finally a six-speed for the Mustang.

And as though all this we’re good enough, the all-aluminum block weighs less than the old 4.0-liter engine.

To achieve all these improvements, the motor uses Ford’s Twin Independent Variable Camshaft Timing (Ti-VCT). Essentially, this is the same engine that Ford first used in the Lincoln MKS.

Perhaps most importantly, however, is the fact that this new engine trumps that found in the new Camaro – by 1-hp. That certainly isn’t much, but by being able to make the claim is certain to help Ford win back some sales from Chevy. And in Ford’s smaller and lighter package, performance will no doubt put the Mustang ahead of the Camaro.

As exciting as this new V6 engine news is, we are still awaiting confirmation from Ford on an all-new 400-plus horsepower 5.0-liter V8 engine for the Mustang GT. Be sure to follow AutoGuide’s live LA Auto Show coverage starting December 2nd.

AutoGuide’s Live 2009 LA Auto Show Coverage Starts Here December 2nd

GALLERY: 2011 Ford Mustang

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 |  Jun 16 2009, 12:14 PM

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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]