If you currently own a 2010 Ford Mustang V6 model, you are about to be incredibly frustrated. However, if you’re one of those die-hard Mustang fans that has been waiting for Ford to offer a V6 Mustang that would stand up tough against the 304-hp 2010 Chevrolet Camaro V6, you’re in for a big treat from Dearborn.
Meet the 2011 Ford Mustang V6, which will drop its 210-hp 4.0L V6 for a new 3.7L V6 engine that uses Ford”s Twin Independent Variable Camshaft Timing (Ti-VCT). The new engine offers a total of 305-hp with a peak torque of 280 lb-ft. That’s just 10-hp less than the top-of-the-line Ford Mustang GT V8, which is also expected to be upgraded for 2011.
Ford says that the Ti-VCT allows the 2011 Mustang to return an estimated 19/30 mpg (city/highway) with a 6-speed automatic and 18/29 with a 6-speed manual.
305-hp and 30 mpg on the highway means that the 2011 Ford Mustang is just one notch better than the 2010 Chevrolet Camaro V6, which produces 304-hp and returns an estimated 29 mpg on the highway.
Production of the new 3.7L V6 engine for the 2011 Ford Mustang will take place at the company’s recently retooled Cleveland Engine Plant No. 1.
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2011 Ford Mustang 3.7L V6:
TWIN INDEPENDENT VARIABLE CAMSHAFT TIMING (TI-VCT) HELPS MAKE 2011 FORD MUSTANG V-6 A TRUE THOROUGHBRED
– Ti-VCT technology key to Mustang”s new 3.7-liter V-6 engine”s flexibility, delivering 305 horsepower and a projected 30 mpg highway with six-speed automatic transmission ““ no other vehicle in the industry can beat that combination
– Variable camshaft timing uses oil pressure to adjust valve opening and closing events, providing improved off-the-line acceleration over non-VCT equipped engines
– Variable valve overlap from Ti-VCT provides better fuel economy and emissions, along with optimized cold-start operation vs. conventional engines
DEARBORN, Mich., Nov. 30, 2009 ““ The heart of every Mustang is its engine, and beneath the hood of the new 2011 Ford Mustang V-6 beats a technological tour de force. Displacing 3.7 liters, the dual-overhead-camshaft (DOHC) 24-valve V-6 uses Ford”s Twin Independent Variable Camshaft Timing (Ti-VCT) to produce 305 horsepower and 280 ft.-lb. of torque and is projected to deliver up to 30 mpg highway ““ a combination unbeaten by any other vehicle in the industry.
Customer benefits of Ti-VCT include extremely precise variable control of “valve overlap,” or the window of time in which both the intake and exhaust valves in the engine are open simultaneously.
“This overlap control via Ti-VCT helps us eliminate compromises in the induction and exhaust systems,” said Jim Mazuchowski, Ford manager of V-6 powertrain operations. “Drivers are going to notice improved low-speed torque and increased fuel economy and peak horsepower. Plus, there are benefits they won”t notice, too, such as reduced emissions overall, especially at part-throttle.”
The flexibility allowed by Ti-VCT means Mustang V-6 customers will experience:
- Better off-the-line launch feel, with plenty of the low-end “grunt” for which Mustang is famous. Ti-VCT can deliver up to a 5 percent improvement in low-end torque and a 7 percent improvement in peak power versus non-Ti-VCT-equipped engines.
- Improved fuel economy at all engine speeds resulting in projected 19 mpg city/30 highway with six-speed automatic transmission; 18 mpg city/29 highway with six-speed manual transmission. Ti-VCT alone can account for up to a 4.5 percent fuel economy improvement over non-VCT-equipped engines.
- Lower emissions, with better control of NOx and HC throughout the range of engine operating speeds, reducing atmospheric pollution.
How the technology works
As a DOHC design, the 3.7-liter V-6 uses two camshafts per cylinder bank ““ one to open the intake valves and one to open the exhaust valves. Traditionally, camshafts only have been able to open the valves at a fixed point defined during engine design and manufacturing. But with modern variable cam timing systems, the camshafts can be rotated slightly relative to their initial position, allowing the cam timing to be “advanced” or “retarded.”
Ti-VCT takes this technology and applies it to both the intake and exhaust camshafts of its DOHC design, using electronic solenoid valves to direct high-pressure oil to control vanes in each of the camshaft sprocket housings. By using one valve per camshaft, controlled by the Electronic Control Module (ECM), each intake and exhaust cam can be advanced or retarded independently of the other as engine operating conditions change, providing an exceptional degree of valve timing control.
The new 3.7-liter engine for the 2011 Mustang V-6 will be built at Ford”s recently retooled Cleveland Engine Plant No. 1.
- By: Kap Shah