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Originally Posted by Robbymoon2 View Post
The 2011 GT is a 302, (5.0)
actually a 302 is technically a 4.9. a 306 is a 5.0

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um, where u getting this info at? everywhere im lookign at 302 is a 5.0. and even if it is, what ford did was basically beef up and stroke the 4.6 motor that we have, and added a more comforting interior and cosmetics to attract people. Not a bad vehcile to sell to people these days. Seeing the real data these re throwing down, I'd still rather have a 05-09 IMO. In todays world theres just more to a car than just the motor, Granted the new ones got the better motor, but I think we got the better car. Just my two cents though. Not hating on it.

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I drove an '11 base GT this morning, pretty much basic car with few options. It did not have the sticker so do not know all the details. I was definitely impressed with the motor and the manual trans. The motor was much stronger than my '05 (to be expected) and the tranny was very smooth, had no problem with the skip-shift. I actually forgot that it had that, never kicked in. I am pretty sure it had the 331 rear but cannot verify for sure.
I thought the clutch was a little lighter than the '05 but take up was smooth and easy to modulate. The car was quieter than the '05 and the handling was good. Unfortunately due to heavy traffic in the area I could not really get into it except for very brief moments.
Overall I was impressed by the car and just reinforced to me that I made the right decision to move to the 5.0 in the newer body. I must have been impressed because the GM mentioned that he had not seen a smile on my face
in a long time !

I just wish the damn thing would get here so I can really wring it out. I will not beat on a car that is not mine, not even my son's Saleen powered '06. In thinking, the new 5.0 feels almost as good as his, not quite, but close, very close. I just had his out last night to a cruise night in CT so the feeling of the car is recent. I will be happy with my n/a 5.0 as I think everyone will be.

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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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