Lessons learned on
the track and from specialty Mustangs mean even more fun for drivers
of the new 2010 Ford Mustang – especially those who want to
customize their powertrains.
Available 2010 Mustang Engines:
- 4.0-liter V6 (210 hp, 240 lb-ft
- 4.6-liter V8 (315 hp, 325 lb-ft
Available 2010 Mustang Transmissions:
- 5-speed manual
- 5-speed automatic
“We have fantastic engines,”
said Chief Nameplate Engineer Paul Randle. “Our 4.6-liter,
three-valve V-8 engine has won ‘Ward’s 10 Best’
for our years in a row and is the most-accessorized engine in the
marketplace. Plus, Mustang customers love to personalize their cars,
and our engine platforms allow them to do that.”
The Ford team uses advances gained
through programs such as the Ford Racing Mustang Challenge and special
editions to improve the 2010 Mustang.
Improvements inspired by the Bullitt
program, for instance, are seen on the genuine polished-aluminum
manual transmission knob and leather-wrapped shift knob, which support
a short-throw, performance-based shifter originally launched on
the feature car.
Horsepower gains on the V-8 are achieved
by the cold-air induction system pioneered through Ford Racing Technology.
The intake is tucked behind the driver-side headlamp, mounted in
an air box specific to the Mustang. Extensive sealing modifications
ensure cold air from the front of the Mustang feed the engine.
A true ram-air system offered on a
base GT vehicle is a first for Mustang.
“That means more horsepower and
more torque in all driving conditions,” Randle said.
The redline for the V8 is increased
250 rpm to 6,500, and revised calibration ensures the customer fully
feels these changes.
Both the V-6 and V-8 engines have larger
exhaust tips, growing to 3 and 3 ½ inches, respectively,
up ½ inch from the previous model. The V-8 exhaust features
“The 2010 Mustang runs great
on regular fuel, and that is where we quote our peak numbers, but
we also have a great dual-adaptive knock calibration that allows
the 2010 Mustang to run on regular fuel as well as premium fuel,
and the system figures it out itself,” said powertrain supervisor
Chris Roxin. “It also improves the torque of the engine in
the low- to mid-rpm range.”
The powertrain feel also is enhanced
by intake and exhaust sound tuning that delivers Mustang’s
signature sound. “All the better to hear that famous Mustang
roar that’s been inspiring customers for more than four decade,”