ACTUALLY, the old "5.0" Windsor 302 is 4942cc, or 4.9 litres, and the new motor is 4951cc, or 5.0 litres, if you properly round it out. The old "5.0" had 301.58 cubic inches of displacement, and the new "5.0" has 302.13 cubic inches of displacement. Other than the "5.0" moniker, there is NOTHING the same about these engines (except perhaps the number of cylinders.) The Windsor 302 is a push rod engine, and this is a dual overhead cam 4 valve engine. The technology differences are staggering, and it is evident in the fact that you can get over 400 bhp out of this new engine on 85 octane pump gas and still have something that idles perfectly smooth and will run well over 100k miles without any issues at all. To get the 302 to a naturally aspirated 400bhp took a massive cam, some crazy heads, and usually needed race gas to keep from pinging.
People don't buy new cars to experience what it was like to drive a car that was built 30 or 40 years ago, they buy a new car to get all the comfort, technology, and reliability of a new car. The "retro" styling is the flavor that satisfies most buyers need for owning an "old school" hot rod. Those who want the feel of a poorly built car with a moderate amount of power and questionable reliability should be looking at the real thing. You want something in between? Buy an old mustang and put a modern drivetrain in it.
Bottom line, if one car model fit everyone, there would only be one car model for sale. That being said, thank you for posting your opinion of the new 2011. This is exactly what forums like this are for - to get a variety of opinions and advice.
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