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The 2011 Ford Mustang VS. The 2011 Chevrolet Camaro

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The 2011 Ford Mustang

In the ongoing sales battle between Ford Mustang and Chevrolet Camaro, it doesn’t get any closer than this. Last month, Mustang prevailed in the contest over upstart Camaro — by three cars.

Three Ford vehicles took highest honors in the J.D. Power and Associates 2010 Initial Quality Study.

  • Ford Focus, “Highest Initial Quality among Compact Cars.”
  • Ford Mustang, “Highest Initial Quality among Mid-size Sporty Cars.”
  • Ford Taurus, “Highest Initial Quality among Large Cars.”

Every year, thousands of new vehicle owners respond to J.D. Powers and Associates surveys that gather information on mechanical and design quality issues over the first three months of ownership. Study results are tabulated using a “problems per 100 vehicles” standard. The lower the number reported, the higher the quality rating.

2011 Mustang 5.0 Crate Motor

You knew it would only be a matter of time before Ford would released the new 2011 Mustang 5.0 engine in crate form. Well that day has come. Custom car builders rejoice! For $6,999 suggested retail, you can order up your own complete Coyote 5.0 liter engine to bolt into whatever you want. The bolt patterns match up with the 4.6 engine family, so bolting into previous generation Mustangs is a natural fit.

You will need to order a few additional parts from Ford Racing like the ECU, alternator, and a specific wiring kit, just like with their other crate engines. This one comes out of the box with advanced features like Twin Independent Variable Camshaft Timing (Ti-VCT) to deliver its 412+ horsepower and 390 ft.-lb.+ of torque.

Just imagine packing one of these into a Fox Body Mustang or an SN-95, even a 2005-2010 for that matter. This engine is comes with a number of standard features as listed:

* 11.0:1 Compression ratio
* Lightweight aluminum cylinder block features cross-bolted main bearing caps and thick main bearing bulkheads for bottom-end strength
* Piston-cooling jets, optimized oil drainback and windage control improve high-rpm performance
* Deep sump oil pan with 8qt capacity
* Tuned composite intake manifold provides efficient air delivery and weight savings
* 80 mm single bore “drive by wire” throttlebody
* Four-valve-per-cylinder aluminum heads with roller-finger followers reduce friction
* Includes manual transmission engine harness and flywheel
* Vehicle harness and PCM not included
* Use our NEW wiring, PCM and installation kit M-6017-A504V designed for street rod/project car installation.
* Does not include alternator, for alternator kit see M-8600-M50ALT
* Engine mount bosses and bellhousing mount pattern common to 4.6L modular engines.
* Direct replacement for 2011 Mustangs with engine code BG-397-AA
* Photo and specs may vary. These features apply for engine code BG-397-AA. Engines are this build code or newer while supplies last.
* Engine weight: 444 lbs

Part Number: M-6007-M50

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The 2011 Chevrolet Camaro
Vehicle Highlights

The 2011 Chevrolet Camaro gets more V6 power, and a convertible version might arrive later in the model year. General Motors’ iconic pony car is available as a 2-door coupe. A 2-door convertible is slated to arrive in early-calendar 2011. Camaro wears body styling inspired by the 1969 model. LS, 1LT, 2LT, 1SS, and 2SS trim levels return.

Two engines are available–a V6 and a V8. The V6 is a 3.6-liter unit that produces 312 horsepower, an increase of eight over the 2010 model. It’s available on LS and LT. The SS uses the V8, which sees no major changes for 2011. SS versions with a manual transmission get a 426-horsepower 6.2-liter V8. Automatic-equipped SS models also get a 6.2-liter V8, but it makes 400 horsepower and features GM’s Active Fuel Management cylinder deactivation.

V6 versions also offer a manual or automatic transmission. Available safety features include ABS, traction control, antiskid system, front-side airbags, and curtain-side airbags. An RS Package for LT and SS models includes bi-xenon headlights, specific trim, and on LT versions, 20-inch wheels. All Camaros are available with 21-inch wheels. Rear-obstacle detection is standard on the 2LT and 2SS and optional on the 1LT. Other available features include a wireless cell-phone link, USB port, satellite radio, and remote engine start. A head-up display is newly standard on the 2LT and 2SS.

Other key changes for the 2011 Camaro include the Synergy Green color to be offered on all models of the Camaro for a limited time, and GM’s heads-up display will come standard on the higher-trim 2LT and 2SS models. The HUD will include a metric ton of information, including speedometer, tachometer, compass, outside air temperature, current gear, OnStar turn-by-turn, audio and phone functions and more. The display is the same as the unit offered on the Corvette, and the Camaro is just the second Chevrolet vehicle to offer the feature

The new 2011 Chevy Camaro promises to be the best little sports car of its time. The only thing little about the car is the style and not the engine or the interior comfort. There will be plenty of room inside and the engine compartment might look small, but the engine is going to give the driver more speed than they could expect. Chevy promised a sleek and domineering car and they have delivered just that.

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