According to figures just certified by the EPA, the 2011 Ford Mustang has set a new benchmark for output with efficiency by becoming the first production car to have over 300 horsepower and get in excess of 30 mpg on the EPA's highway cycle. Specifically, the Mustang's new 3.7-liter Ti-VCT (Twin Independent Variable Camshaft Timing) base V6, which turns out 305 horses and makes 280 lb.-ft. of torque, earns a benchmark 31 mpg highway rating while returning 19 mpg in the city when backed by the optional six-speed automatic transmission. While matching the new V6 with the standard six-speed manual gearbox doesn't affect that official city stat, it does drop the open-road EPA rating to a still-respectable 29 mpg level.
The fitment of its new and more potent Ti-VCT V6 coupled with the debut of the equally new 5.0-liter V8 in the Mustang GT plus numerous other functional and cosmetic enhancements to all versions of Ford's iconic ponycar have proven a boon to sales, particularly as they impact its traditional arch rival, the Chevrolet Camaro. Ford says it already has more than 11,000 Mustang orders in the bank, over half of which are for cars with the new V6 -- an engine that boasts 95 more horsepower and 40 lb.-ft. of additional torque than the 4.0-liter six that was used in the 2010 Mustang.