Ford's 5.0L DOHC V-8: Perfect Blend

Buyers of the new Ford Mustang are flush with powertrain options. There's the excellent 305-hp 3.7L V-6 and a pavement-pounding 550-hp 5.4L supercharged V-8 in the Shelby GT500; both uphold the Mustang legacy with glorious exhaust notes and thrilling off-the-line performance. For some, the V-6 isn't quite enough and the GT500 is just too much. Therein lies Ford Powertrain's motivation in bringing

Buyers of the new Ford Mustang are flush with powertrain options.

There's the excellent 305-hp 3.7L V-6 and a pavement-pounding 550-hp 5.4L supercharged V-8 in the Shelby GT500; both uphold the Mustang legacy with glorious exhaust notes and thrilling off-the-line performance.

For some, the V-6 isn't quite enough and the GT500 is just too much. Therein lies Ford Powertrain's motivation in bringing to market a “just right” V-8 that perfectly blends neck-snapping might, everyday driveability and acceptable fuel economy.

For delicately balancing these contradictory goals so marvelously, Ford's 5.0L V-8 earns its way to the 2011 Ward's 10 Best Engines list in its first year of eligibility.

Cynics might suggest engines of this nature have fallen out of style, that a finite supply of fossil fuel makes burly V-8s completely irrelevant.

But such sentiments are not supported by sales data showing an unmistakable resurgence in muscle-car popularity with the success of the Mustang and its rivals, the Chevy Camaro and Dodge Challenger.

Even if no one were buying the Mustang and its 5.0L V-8, we'd be hard pressed to pass it up.

The new “Five-Oh,” with dual overhead cams offers 412 hp, 390 lb.-ft. (529 Nm) of torque and an impressive 82 hp/L. Plus, a higher compression ratio (11.0:1) allows the new V-8 to operate at higher thermal efficiency.

DISPLACEMENT (CC): 4,951

BLOCK/HEAD MATERIAL: ALUMINUM/ALUMINUM

BORE × STROKE (MM): 92.2 × 92.7

HORSEPOWER (SAE NET): 412 @ 6,500 RPM

TORQUE: 390 LB.-FT. (529 NM) @ 4,250 RPM

SPECIFIC OUTPUT: 82 HP/L

SPECIFIC OUTPUT: 11.0:1

ASSEMBLY SITE: WINDSOR, ON, CANADA

APPLICATION TESTED: '11 MUSTANG GT

EPA CITY/HIGHWAY (MPG): 17/26

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