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Published on June 25th, 2010 | by Christopher DeMorro

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Ford Mustang V6 Gets 48.5 MPG Around Bristol Race Track

For a long time, any Mustang other than the V8 was scoffed and/or laughed at, and with good reason. Having driven my 4-banger Mustang across country, I can attest that despite its phenomenal gas mileage, it struggles up hills, lacks any sort of “oomph” and it even sounds terrible.

Ford has countered with a 305 horsepower V6 that gets an EPA rated 31 mpg. To demonstrate the excellent gas mileage of this new Mustang, they went around the half-mile Bristol Motor Speedway 1,457 times…. on a single tank of gas. This means the Mustang got 48.5 miles per gallon. Take that, Prius!

Ford has done this kind of stunt before, with the Ford Fusion Hybrid. But while that had an average speed of around 20 mph over the course of some 1,445 miles on one tank of gas, Ford kicked it up a notch with the Mustang. They maintained an average speed of 43 mph. Where I am from, many of the speed limits are around 45 mph, and by maintaining a constant speed, Ford was able to get the Mustang to go over 48 miles on a gallon of gas. In a Mustang!

It took twelve and a half hours for the Mustang to run out of its 16 gallons of gas at this speed. If you’re doing the math, that means the Mustang went 776 miles on just a tank of gas. This was also part of a contest by Ford, as they asked contestants to submit a guess as to how many laps the Mustang would do. The closest guess would be in the running to win a brand new, 2011 Mustang V6. No word on the winner yet, but hey, props to the Ford team on an amazing feat!

Source: Ford




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  • E.G. Marshall

    My 1991 Pontiac Firebird Formula with stock 5.0 L (305 cu.in.) V8 gets 30 mpg at 70 mph on the freeway!

    The engine is still purring at 300,000 miles … it can still climb a mountain at 100 mph, although other parts of the car are starting to fall apart.

    Truck and SUV manufacturers should take note, it’s not the engine, it’s the AERODYNAMICS!

    The ’91 Firebird Formula has a very sleek front end, with gently sloped back window and spoiler that actually works!

  • E.G. Marshall

    My 1991 Pontiac Firebird Formula with stock 5.0 L (305 cu.in.) V8 gets 30 mpg at 70 mph on the freeway!

    The engine is still purring at 300,000 miles … it can still climb a mountain at 100 mph, although other parts of the car are starting to fall apart.

    Truck and SUV manufacturers should take note, it’s not the engine, it’s the AERODYNAMICS!

    The ’91 Firebird Formula has a very sleek front end, with gently sloped back window and spoiler that actually works!

  • Hugo

    Why does anybody needs a 305 horsepower car?? Mine has 75 and that’s enough for me…A 95 would be perfect for all situations…But why 305???

  • Hugo

    Why does anybody needs a 305 horsepower car?? Mine has 75 and that’s enough for me…A 95 would be perfect for all situations…But why 305???

  • http://threemonthsinamustang.com Chris DeMorro

    Well Hugo, my little Mustang has about 88 horsepower, and it struggles to get up even modest hills with just two of us and our camping equipment on board.

    Also, merging with traffic requires the ability to accelerate at a decent pace. If you take 20 minutes to get to 65 mph you’re a danger to everyone on the highway.

    Plus, some people just like being able to go fast. What is wrong with that?

  • http://threemonthsinamustang.com Chris DeMorro

    Well Hugo, my little Mustang has about 88 horsepower, and it struggles to get up even modest hills with just two of us and our camping equipment on board.

    Also, merging with traffic requires the ability to accelerate at a decent pace. If you take 20 minutes to get to 65 mph you’re a danger to everyone on the highway.

    Plus, some people just like being able to go fast. What is wrong with that?

  • MD

    Most mustang (like Chris’ ugly ass mustang LOL) have doors that weigh in close to the curb weight of a SMART 2/4, no wonder the 2.3L 4 banger has a hard time… I can say they are built tough though, we do use stripped down mustangs for compact demolition derby cars.

  • MD

    Most mustang (like Chris’ ugly ass mustang LOL) have doors that weigh in close to the curb weight of a SMART 2/4, no wonder the 2.3L 4 banger has a hard time… I can say they are built tough though, we do use stripped down mustangs for compact demolition derby cars.

  • http://platytera.blogspot.com/ Christian

    I have a 2002 Z28, 5.7L 305 hp. On my last long trip I ran about 70mph 2 people in the car, and a/c. I averaged over 29mpg (epa 28 hwy).

    One thing about 300+ horsepower is that while I rarely use the power, it means the engine turns at only 1500 rpm at 70mph, and thus gets much better mileage than its gashog reputation would suggest.

    As an aside, most people who like big V8s don’t care all that much about big hp anyway, since we don’t rev our engines that high; but we do like the huge torque that makes low-rpm driving such a pleasure. It feels like being pushed by angels.

  • http://platytera.blogspot.com/ Christian

    I have a 2002 Z28, 5.7L 305 hp. On my last long trip I ran about 70mph 2 people in the car, and a/c. I averaged over 29mpg (epa 28 hwy).

    One thing about 300+ horsepower is that while I rarely use the power, it means the engine turns at only 1500 rpm at 70mph, and thus gets much better mileage than its gashog reputation would suggest.

    As an aside, most people who like big V8s don’t care all that much about big hp anyway, since we don’t rev our engines that high; but we do like the huge torque that makes low-rpm driving such a pleasure. It feels like being pushed by angels.

  • PersonFromPorlock

    I have the vaguest possible memory of a Mercury Capri with a humongous V8 stuffed in it winning some kind of student-engineering mileage contest circa 1971, I think in Michigan. Does that ring a bell with anybody?

  • PersonFromPorlock

    I have the vaguest possible memory of a Mercury Capri with a humongous V8 stuffed in it winning some kind of student-engineering mileage contest circa 1971, I think in Michigan. Does that ring a bell with anybody?

    • http://Web VW-TDi

      My 2010 VW Golf TDi diesel 6 speed manual averages 47 MPG highway at 65 MPG. It got the rated 42 EPA highway at first, but the fuel mileage crept up and plateaued around the 10k mark.
      Also has 236 pounds of torque at 1750 RPM’s. Hills are no problem at 65 MPH with all that torque down low.

  • roadmaster218

    re: the Michigan contests run by Ford in the Olden Days Gone Bye: I recall these contests being for employees only, and there were prizes. In particular, I recall that a car with 15:1 compression ratio, tires carved to have 2 inch tread touching the roadway, and accelerating to 45 mph, then coasting, then accelerating to 45, then coasting, etc. ad infinitum… and obtaining up to and above, 200 mpg ! honest. ! What did I learn? that aerodynamics has a lot to do with mpg; car weight had a big effect on mpg; that the driving behavior when you are running on fumes and trying to make it to the next fuel stop should be like this….. and that the feat can only be done on a closed course. Anyone else recall those contests? I am not guessing, I recall them precisely.

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