New engine for 2011 Mustang will be built in Ohio

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The pony car wars are heating up! The Camaro has been outselling the Mustang recently, but the new 2011 Mustang will be getting a nice engine upgrade from Ford’s Brook Park plant in Ohio.

Ford Motor Co. will make a new 3.7-liter V-6 engine for the popular Mustang sports car at Cleveland Engine Plant No. 1 in Brook Park next year, replacing an engine built in Germany.

The new engine, similar to one built in Lima for use in the Lincoln MKS luxury car, should go into production next year to be ready for 2011 Mustang production, said Mark Payne, vice president of the United Auto Workers Local 1250 in Brook Park.

Ford says the new engine will be more fuel-efficient and more powerful than the 4-liter V-6 it replaces. That engine, built in Cologne, Germany, produces 210 horsepower and gets 26 mpg on the highway. The upcoming 3.7-liter engine produces 305 horsepower and should get up to 30 mpg on the highway. Those power numbers are only a little bit shy of the 4.6-liter V-8 now offered in the Mustang.

“Mustang is completely transformed with this new engine,” Ford product development chief Derrick Kuzak said in a news release. “Everything people love about the car is still there, and now under the hood is a V-6 engine that uses premium technology to deliver the power, the feel, the fuel efficiency, even the sound of the best sports coupes in the world.”

Ford will showcase the 2011 Mustang this week at the Los Angeles Auto Show.

  

VW bringing 170 mpg concept to LA Auto Show

One-hundred seventy mpg? Now were talking. This concept from VW may look a little strange but it is rumored to be going into production sometime in 2013. What the final production version will look like is still years away but if it keeps the mpg’s around 170 bring it on!

From AutoGuide.com:

As amazing as the 71-mpg Polo BlueMotion model is that Volkswagen plans to show at the LA Auto Show next week, the German automaker will also show another fuel-efficient vehicle that gets more than double that car’s mpg rating.

Called the L1 Concept, this tiny two seater uses just 1.38 liters of diesel per 100 km – that’s 170 mpg! All that efficiency comes from an 800cc diesel motor mated to a hybrid drivetrain and a seven-speed DSG transmission. It makes 27hp in ECO mode and 39hp in a more powerful mode. Torque is rated at 74 ft-lbs.

The engine is then wrapped in a light-weight carbon fiber body, in a two seater arrangement with the passenger sitting behind the driver. The L1 weighs only 838 lbs and has a drag coefficient of just 0.195 cd.

Read the entire article here.

  

Porsche Spider Gallery

For all of your Porsche Spider fans you are going to love what will be on display at the LA Auto Show. With horsepower improved to 320-hp and Porsche’s new dual clutch PDK transmission heads will not only turn but will push hard on the headrest when accelerating! Enjoy the gallery of these beauties!

From AutoGuide.com:

But what really makes the Spyder special is its light weight chassis and more powerful engine. In total 176 lbs of weight has been cut from the car, to deliver a curb weight of just 2,811 lbs. Power comes via the same direct-injection 3.4-liter flat-six as in the Boxster S, but with a 10-hp jump to 320-hp. Combined with Porsche’s new dual-clutch PDK transmission, the car can hit 60 mph in just 4.6 seconds.

The Boxster Spyder will be priced from $61,200 and will go on sale in February of next year as a 2011 model.

Read the entire article and check out the gallery here.

  

Honda’s Hydrogen Powered Sports Car

Cool stuff.

Honda has made quite a splash with its new concept car revealed at the LA Auto Show.

When it comes to green motoring, the Toyota Prius might well be a desirable road-bound alternative to regular petrol guzzlers, but it hardly sells its ecological worth alongside drool-worthy automotive sex appeal – which is where Honda’s new environmentally-friendly supercar screeches into view.

Currently only in the concept stage, which suggests it might never make the leap into mass production, Honda’s recently unveiled FC Sport Design Study couples sleek aesthetics with the promise of environmental consideration thanks to the inclusion of zero-emission engineering.

The Japanese manufacturer used this year’s Los Angeles Auto Show to roll out its ambitious hydrogen-powered three seater, which builds on the V Flow fuel cell (FC) technology already available to eco-conscious Honda drivers via the existing FCX Clarity.

  

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