Ford Motor Company unveiled the 2011 Mustang earlier today, projected to get up to 30 mpg. The heart of every Mustang is its engine and beneath the hood of the new 2011 Mustang V-6 beats a power plant with 3.7 liters, dual overhead-cam (DOHC) 24-valve V-6 that can produce 300 horsepower and 270 ft.-lb of torque. Barb Samardzich, (Sah-mar-ditch) Vice President of Global Powertrain says its what customers want.
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"We have to deliver no excuse fuel here, which we believe we have done, there is no compromise to be had, it’s looking at that suite of technologies available to us and then saying what fits best with Mustang customers now as we go and launch this new engine or new engines in this product." :14 sec.
The sound of a Mustang is unmistakable and once again there is very little compromise when consumers invest in a V-6 from a V-8. This way, they can still have the throaty sound of a Mustang and enjoy 30 mpg.
"The sound of… Starting and revving of the Mustang V-6 3.7 engine." :06 sec.
Samardzich says the Mustang team examined all the technologies available to them to achieve the 30 miles per gallon Mustang for 2011.
"On this engine, we’ve got twin independent variable timing, we’ve got electric power steering, we’ve got revised coatings on our buckets, we’ve got what we call a Fiat stretchy belt, to continue to further improve things. Aggressive decell fuel shut-off, so as a customer is rolling or coasting down not demanding high torque we can shut the fuel off and then instantaneously turn it back on when the torque demand changes, So it’s technologies like that, that we’ve added into this product." :25 sec.
According to Samardzich there is still a lot of technologies left in traditional engines. Technologies that Ford has yet to apply to their suite of combustion engines.
"Like direct injection, which further enhances fuel economy, there are various valve lift technologies that are becoming more and more common place. So as those technologies fit into our portfolio, the ability to retrofit them on gasoline engines will keep gasoline engines, as well as diesel engines, in portfolios for I think a pretty long time." :18 sec.
Looking to the future Samardzich sees this plateau of 30 mpg as just a start to a no compromise better fuel economy vehicle.
"As you get further out in time, we have to continually keep improving our fuel economy. There is no doubt that the consumer demands will be there, as well as regulatory tightening, so this is just a start." :10 sec.
The new 3.7-liter Mustang V-6 engine will be built at Ford’s retooled Cleveland Engine Plant No. 1.