Lean muscle cars

These days, little engines produce the same power you once needed a big V8 for. Meet 5 new models bringing back the muscle car.

1 of 5
BACKNEXT
2011 Ford Mustang V6
2011 Ford Mustang V6
Sticker price: Not announced
Engine: 3.7-liter V6
Horsepower: 305
Mileage: 30 hwy, 19 city

At the 2009 Los Angeles Auto Show, Ford Motor Co. unveiled the 2011 V6 Ford Mustang. The old V6's 210 horsepower wasn't bad, but these days carmakers are squeezing a lot more than that out of 6, and even 4, cylinders.

The new Mustang V6 will put out 305 horsepower, up from 210 in the current model, and 280 foot-pounds of torque, an increase from 240 in today's V6. These numbers come close to today's 315 horsepower V8 Mustang.

Ford projects fuel economy will actually be better, too. The automaker expects the new Mustang V6 to get 30 mpg on the highway with a six-speed automatic transmission. (Fuel economy is sightly lower with the manual transmission.)

Much of the credit goes to a new Twin Independent Variable Camshaft Timing system. This allows for precise control of when and how long each intake and exhaust valve in the engine is open. Opening and closing times can be varied minutely depending on engine speed and how much power is needed.


NEXT: 2010 Chevrolet Camaro
Last updated December 07 2009: 10:50 AM ET
Email | Print | Share  |  RSS
 
google my aol my msn my yahoo! netvibes
Paste this link into your favorite RSS desktop reader
See all CNNMoney.com RSS FEEDS (close)
Find Your Next Car
More Galleries
50 years of the Ford Mustang Take a drive down memory lane with our favorite photos of the car through the years. More
Cool cars from the New York Auto Show These are some of the most interesting new models and concept vehicles from the Big Apple's car show. More
8 CEOs who took a pay cut in 2013 Median CEO pay inched up 9% in 2013 to $13.9 million. But not everyone got a bump last year. Here are eight CEOs who missed out. More

Special Offer
Market indexes are shown in real time, except for the DJIA, which is delayed by two minutes. All times are ET. Disclaimer LIBOR Warning: Neither BBA Enterprises Limited, nor the BBA LIBOR Contributor Banks, nor Reuters, can be held liable for any irregularity or inaccuracy of BBA LIBOR. Disclaimer. Morningstar: © 2014 Morningstar, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Disclaimer The Dow Jones IndexesSM are proprietary to and distributed by Dow Jones & Company, Inc. and have been licensed for use. All content of the Dow Jones IndexesSM © 2014 is proprietary to Dow Jones & Company, Inc. Chicago Mercantile Association. The market data is the property of Chicago Mercantile Exchange Inc. and its licensors. All rights reserved. FactSet Research Systems Inc. 2014. All rights reserved. Most stock quote data provided by BATS.