Power and Performance
Muscular engines infuse Mustang with tire-smoking performance. The
4.6-liter aluminum V-8 has three valve heads and cranks out 300
horsepower. That’s more than 50 percent more power than the
small-block, 289-cubic-inch V-8 found in the classic 1964.5 model.
The standard engine – a 60-degree, 4.0-liter,
single-overhead-cam V-6 – produces 210 horsepower and 240
pound-feet of torque.
Both engines are paired with a standard 5-speed
manual transmission or an available 5-speed automatic, which provides
a unique combination of off-the-line jump and good highway fuel
At the front suspension, MacPherson struts with
reverse “L” lower control arms deliver comfort. The
three-link rear suspension has a lightweight, tubular Panhard rod
that provides precise control of the rear axle. This technology
stabilizes the rear axle as the wheels move, particularly during
The standard four-wheel disc brakes have the
biggest rotors and stiffest calipers ever fitted to a mainstream
Mustang. Twin-piston aluminum calipers clamp down on 12.4-inch ventilated
front brake discs on GT models. In the rear, the brake rotors are
11.8 inches in diameter.
A four-channel anti-lock brake system (ABS)
with traction control is standard on GT models and available on
V-6 models. It uses electronic sensors to constantly monitor road
conditions and feed the information to a dedicated control computer
that’s capable of determining within milliseconds whether
the vehicle is on dry pavement or negotiating a slippery surface.
When traction control isn’t desired, drivers can deactivate
the system with a button on the instrument panel.