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The Most Significant American Car of 2011

Posted April 14, 2010 12:01 AM by CarDomain

Is the 2011 Ford Mustang V6 the most significant American car of the year? That's what Matt Farah wanted to know. Last week, the host and producer of The Smoking Tire put the V6 version of the Blue Oval's pony car to the test.

Equipped with an all-new, all-aluminum engine, Ford's 2011 version of the V6 Mustang is the first car ever to offer over 300-hp and 30-mpg. In fact, the 305-hp V6 engine in the 2011 edition offers a whopping 100 more horses than the 2010 version. Plus, Ford's newest pony car gets 7 more miles to the gallon.

For a performance car specialist like Matt Farah, improved fuel economy is just one part of the story. The V6 engine features electronic driver assistance that is similar to an Audi's. Just as importantly, the car sounds like a Nissan Z. The 2011 Mustang's manual transmission is "short, precise, and crisp" with a third gear squarely in the power band. Styling and safety matter, too. According to Farrah, the pony car's leather-wrapped steering wheel "is a lot more comfortable for fingers" than previous models. Dual-stage biofocal mirrors help eliminate blind spots.

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