Welcome to the Club - 2011 Ford Mustang GT 5.0 Long-Term Road Test
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2011 Ford Mustang Long-Term Road Test

2011 Ford Mustang GT 5.0: Welcome to the Club

August 08, 2011

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Man, do I like our 2011 5.0 Mustang's exhaust note under full (or even moderate) throttle. It always makes up for the car's still awkward seating position (for me), ho-hum steering (for me) and silly interior lighting (for me). Which I guess is as it should be. If the 5.0-liter Coyote V8 wasn't the best thing about this car, something would be wrong.

I also think the new engine restores a level of coolness to the Ford Mustang that has been missing for years. Maybe our car is just another Mustang to ordinary people, but for people who know this car, the 2011 (and up) model is really something special.

Case in point, I returned to our black 5.0 after seeing the Smurfs (in 3D... funnier movie than expected. Turns out the 1982 version of myself had good taste) to find that somebody else had a moment with our long-term car. Lots of other places this fellow motorist could have parked his/her black 5.0 Mustang at the AMC 10-plex, but they decided to hang with us. Nice. Of course, if the editor is spacey/dumb, then maybe she doesn't know the difference between a 2010 and a 2011.

Erin Riches, Senior Editor @ 11,862 miles


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