2011 Ford Mustang GT Review

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19-inch Premium Painted Luster Nickel Aluminum Wheels

To put a cap on the good vibes, the handling of the GT is impeccable if you order the $1,695 Brembo Brake Package. You not only get the fat red calipers with their legendary stopping power, but also upgraded 19-inch “Premium Painted Luster Nickel Aluminum Wheels” that fill out the wheel wells much more satisfactorily than the GT’s standard 18 inch hoops. The Brembo upgrade also bumps tire size from 235/50R18 to superbly effective Pirelli P Zero tires measuring 255/40R19 all around.

The GT is so well balanced that it tracks around curves with utter confidence. If, however, the road surface is wet, you’ll need to be extra careful in your throttle application because this V8 has so much torque just off idle that a stab of throttle will induce instant oversteer.

2011 Ford Mustang GT

From a practicality standpoint, the GT works well as an everyday driver. The ride is invigoratingly stiff but not painful. The steering is communicative but sufficiently boosted to enhance parking. The keyfob remote opens the trunk when your hands are loaded with grocery bags. Front seatback latches flip them forward for easy access to the rear seat storage area. That diminutive space is best occupied by belongings rather than passengers. All in all, the correctly optioned Mustang GT is one of the best sportscars on the market today, and certainly one of the cheapest.


  • ENGINE: 5.0 liter V8
  • HORSEPOWER: 412hp
  • TORQUE: 390 lb.-ft.
  • TRANSMISSION: 6-speed manual
  • FUEL CONSUMPTION: 17 mpg city /26 mpg highway
  • PRICE AS TESTED: $36,675


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