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We’ve forever heard the rumors that Ford would one day bring back its old school 5.0L V8, and with it, make a car that would finally put up a true fight with cars that had long passed the Mustang in the 1/4 mile.

But 2011 is actually going to be the magical year that we finally get the “Coyote” V8. Or so it was codenamed. With the all new Coyote 5.0-liter V8, the Mustang GT will get 412-horsepower. That’s noticeably less than the Chevrolet Camaro SS’ 426hp from a 6.2L V8 and the Dodge Challenger SRT8’s of 425hp from a 6.1L Hemi V8.

Does this mean the new Ford Mustang GT is already out of the drag race before it even shifted into first gear? Hell no! The Coyote is reportedly all aluminum, which will save some weight from the current Mustang’s roughly 3,600lbs. That’s up against the hefty Camaro at 3,890lbs and the fatso Challenger at up into the 4,000lbs range. So, maybe it’ll put the new Mustang GT closer in the BMW performance range?

The current E90/E92/E93 M3 has 414hp coming from a 4.0L V8, and does a 4.1-4.5-second 0-60. Is the Mustang ready to challenge Bavaria at things that they do best? Well, I’ll say yes. The current Mustang may not handle quite as well as an M3, but it sure can drive well. And now it has the power…

-Josh

“Happy Motoring!”

[Source: Inside Line]

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