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We reported on Ford’s investigation and potential recall of its 2011 and 2012 V6-engined Mustangs, which have developed problems with the 6-speed manual transmission. Now here’s what they’re actually like, as recorded by Ford customers.
The videos show an inability to grasp second or third gear with the clutch depressed. At speeds, the gears grind in 2nd and 3rd when the driver lets off the gas. When downshifting from 3rd to 2nd, the gear fails to grab at all. More dangerously, the transmission sometimes locks out upon acceleration at 70 mph, causing the rear end to lose traction. The 6-speed transmissions are all made by Getrag, which has supplied Ford for years.
V8 Mustang transmissions have a skip-shift feature, forcing drivers to shift into 4th on low acceleration to save gas. But these are V6-engined cars that don’t carry the feature, and some of these cars have had their transmissions replaced once before. Some of these transmissions are bolted to new cars with just 5,000 miles; Ford has refused to honor the warranty the second time around, citing “abuse.” Lots of frustrated owners are sharing their stories—enough for Ford to conduct an investigation of their own, they hope. Click the jump to see more wanton acts of transmission “abuse.”
[Source: Mustang Source Forums]
Ford is looking to increase its popularity in the Japanese market with a special edition Mustang V6 Sport Appearance. Production for this special edition Japanese Mustang will be limited to 50 units total, 25 going to the coupe and 25 for the convertible. The Sport Appearance Mustang mainly consists of accessories, leaving the 3.7L V6 power plant untouched at 309-hp and 279 ft-lbs of torque.
The V6 Sport Appearance will be available in two special colors, Performance White and Grabber Blue. Both of the colors come with special pin stripes on the side and on the hood scoop. In addition, a rear trunk spoiler is added to give the Mustang a sportier appearance (we’re not making this up) while the 18-inch chrome wheels find their way home with 235/50/18 rubber. On the inside, the special edition Mustang will sport leather interior.
Based on today’s conversation rates, the special edition coupe will run $54,250 while the convertible is $63,000.
GALLERY: Japan’s Special Edition Ford Mustang V6 Sport Appearance
A tip given to Jalopnik states that Ford chairman Bill Ford Jr. confirmed that an Ecoboost engine will appear in the Mustang, although a timeline and engine specifications were not provided.
While speaking at Princeton University, Ford was asked by an audience member about the possibility of an Ecoboost Mustang. Ford confirmed that the turbocharged engine would reach Ford’s pony car, but no further information was revealed. Ford current Ecoboost 4-cylinder is capable of up to 247 horsepower, while the 3.5L Ecoboost V6 is good for as much as 365 horsepower. While power is somewhat diminished compared to larger V6 and V8 engines respectively, fuel economy figures make up for the performance deficit.
It’s conceivable that either application could find its way under the hood of a Mustang. A 4-cylinder Ecoboost would be a potent competitor to smaller engined cars like the Hyundai Genesis (and certainly the Mustang V6 is now a legitimate performance car in its own right), while an Ecoboost V6 could bridge the gap between the regular V6 and the 5.0 V8. Jalopnik has suggested that the “SVO” trim, which used a 2.3L turbo 4-cylinder in the 1980s, could return, but there’s little evidence to back up that notion. Then again, Ford did revive the 5.0 badge, and with children of the 1980s now in a position to buy a Mustang, it might just happen.
With over 300 horsepower, the Ford Mustang V6 is no longer confined to the role of rental car, like its less fortunate ancestors were. Even though it carries the stigma of “V6 pony car”, the Mustang with two fewer cylinders can move well, and Ford knows this.
For the upcoming “V6 Performance Package”, Ford is soliciting suggestions for a name that does justice to the capabilities of the 6-banger Stang. Ford will be leveraging its Facebook page for the Mustang, which has nearly 1 million face, for ideas, and will allow fans to vote for their favorite.
The creator of the winning name gets a 2 year lease on a Mustang V6 equipped with the Performance Package. Not a bad payout for flexing your mental muscle.
[Source: Ford via Motor Authority]
It’s crazy to think that only five years ago, the Ford Mustang V8 put out 300 horsepower and put up 17 mpg in the city and 23 mpg on the highway. This year’s Mustang (technically a 2011) V6 will put out 307 horsepower and deliver 19 mpg in town and 30 mpg on the highway – not bad progress for half a decade.
Ford wanted to see just how far they could push the fuel efficiency of their new six-cylinder Mustang, and they set out to Bristol Speedway in Tennessee, and let the Mustang lap the oval circuit for as long as was possible on one tank of gas. After completing 1,457 laps (776.5 miles) at an average speed of 43.9 mph, the Mustang returned 48.5 mpg.
Keep in mind that the dreadfully slow speeds and controlled nature of the stunt means that these numbers have absolutely no bearing on the real world, but it’s a cool stunt nonetheless, and a sign of the times when the focus is on the fuel economy, rather than acceleration numbers of Ford’s pony car.
It was inevitable, but the first special edition Ford Mustang is here, and not surprisingly, it’s a V6. The 2011 DUB edition Ford Mustang comes in a coupe, convertible or full-length glass roof bodystyle, with a Roush front end treatment, racing stripes, quarter window covers, windshield banner, and DUB logos embroidered onto the front headrests. 20-inch wheels, Pirelli tires and Roush lowering springs help give the car a low and wide look, while a 3.31 axle ratio should improve acceleration times, or compensate for the massive wheels.
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