Ford has officially confirmed one of the worst kept secrets in Detroit - the 2011 Mustang GT will feature a 5.0-liter V8.

Ford has officially confirmed one of the worst kept secrets in Detroit - the 2011 Mustang GT will feature a 5.0-liter V8.

Packing 412 horsepower and 390 lb-ft of torque, the engine produces 97 hp and 65 lb-ft more than the 4.6-liter V8 used in the 2010 Mustang GT. Despite the added power, Ford projects fuel economy will rise to 17 city / 25 highway (up from 17 city / 23 highway) for models equipped with a six-speed automatic transmission. The fuel economy rating for the six-speed manual will remain unchanged at 16 city / 24 mpg highway. To squeeze out the extra mileage, Ford equipped the car with Twin Independent Variable Camshaft Timing (Ti-VCT), an Electric Power Assist Steering (EPAS) system, and an additional rear decklid seal (to improve aerodynamics).

The company also decided to improve the Mustang's dynamics by installing an enhanced rear lower control arm, a stiffer rear stabilizer bar, a tower-to-tower front strut brace, a stiffer secondary crossmember, and a new front Z-brace. For even better handling, the car can be equipped with an optional Brembo brake package which features unique 19-inch alloy wheels, summer performance tires, and 14-inch vented front discs from the Mustang GT500.

Other updates include a revised instrument cluster, three new exterior colors (Yellow Blaze Tri-Coat, Race Red and Ingot Silver), and improved standard equipment.

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