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.