Ford upgraded the engine significantly for the 2011 Mustang GT, fitting it with a 5-liter V-8 using variable-valve timing to crank out 412 horsepower. A Brembo brake package brings in a more sport-tuned suspension, which remains compliant enough for comfortable driving.
Ford offers its Mustang in a number of different versions, from a base V-6 coupe to a convertible, and all the way up to the Mustang-based Shelby. The GT Premium gets a new 5-liter V-8 engine, putting it at the higher end of the range.
The modern Mustang is an excellent take on the fastback Mustang design of the late '60s, showing off much of that body style but with modern cues. In GT trim, Ford places prominent 5.0 badges around the car.
This new 5-liter V-8 uses a variable-valve timing system to churn out 412 horsepower. Although Ford posts EPA numbers of 17 mpg city and 26 mpg highway, the reality is more like 16 mpg when this car is driven as intended.
Ford maintains some Mustang legacy drive feel by fitting the car with a live rear axle instead of an independently sprung suspension. Buyers can opt for different rear axle drive ratios, along with a Brembo package that upgrades the brakes and changes the suspension tuning.
The polished metal shifter is a little over the top. This six-speed transmission has a very short throw. It also likes to control shifts in some situations, such as upshifting from 2 to 5, or down from 6 to 3.