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V6 vs V8

Did anyone end up buying a V6 over the V8? If you did, do you regret it?

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Test drove the 6 first, honestly it had decent pickup and was fully loaded and still 4k less than my base GT, but I couldn't get a Mustang and not get a V8 manual, otherwise what's the point?


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Had a V6. Traded it in on my GT, but mainly because it was a once in a lifetime deal. I wouldn't have been able to rationalize it financially otherwise. GT is much more fun.

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I did a direct comparison of the 2011 V6 to the 2010 4.6 Liter V8 -- both engines give very similar performance; 4.6L V8 is a little torquier down low ; 3.7L offers a little better fuel economy.

Either one will deliver more performance than you will use 99% of the time.

I bought the V8 simply because I loved the sound! (and the torquier feeling helped too)

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Had a 2011 v6, was an ok car. Got bored with the power and the sound. Always wanted a v8 but couldn't afford one at the time so i got a v6. Now i have one and its much better. Definitely wont be missing the v6.

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I bought a V6 because I couldn't justify the huge price difference up to the GT at this point in my life. If I could get a fantastic deal, I wouldn't be opposed to stepping up to the V8, but at the same time I'm perfectly happy with my V6.

I'll admit I've been looking online to see what the deals look like right now, but haven't taken it any further than that.

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I never considered the V6 because one, I had a supercharged 2004 Monte Carlo SS with the 3800 V6 and when my fiancée bought her 07 Mustang GT, I had v8 envy pretty bad and after that, I just wanted a V8.

I also had a friend at work that had a 2013 Mustang with the V6 and while he said it would get up and run, he wished he would have gotten the V8.

I love the sound and power of the V8 and is the reason I wanted to buy a performance car in the first place.

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I have a 3.7 and a 5.0. I am happy with both.
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I haven´t driven the current V6 but I think its actually very good. Most people tend to only look at the engine difference but the suspension differences are also very relevant. I had a 2010 V6 with the old 4.0 engine (nothing to do with the current 3.7), but I can tell you that besides the engine, that car had a terrible suspension. It was very bouncy and had a rough ride, the car handled bad (no lsd) the power was merely decent for city driving. My old V8 03 GT was ages better. and when I traded the v6 for a same year GT it was even more amazing the difference in the way the cars feel (same year cars V6 vs V8, obviously the V8 is faster but the suspension is also ages better)

I would test drive both cars. The GT has an obvious performance advantage (which not all people need or want), but definitely feel both cars before making your mind. I honesty prefer the GTs

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Had the 2011 v6 and had it sounding awesome and looking good. Got lots of compliments but I got a smoking deal for a v8 and couldn't pass it up so I've moved on. Both cars are great

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12 v6 don't regret it. Was either a stripped 8 or a loaded gt. I commute 50mi a day and it's my only car. The 8 didn't make sense. With the FRPP sports on it it sounds great.

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I haven´t driven the current V6 but I think its actually very good. Most people tend to only look at the engine difference but the suspension differences are also very relevant. I had a 2010 V6 with the old 4.0 engine (nothing to do with the current 3.7), but I can tell you that besides the engine, that car had a terrible suspension. It was very bouncy and had a rough ride, the car handled bad (no lsd) the power was merely decent for city driving. My old V8 03 GT was ages better. and when I traded the v6 for a same year GT it was even more amazing the difference in the way the cars feel (same year cars V6 vs V8, obviously the V8 is faster but the suspension is also ages better)

I would test drive both cars. The GT has an obvious performance advantage (which not all people need or want), but definitely feel both cars before making your mind. I honesty prefer the GTs
The non trackpack GT has **** for suspension - especially if its on the 18x8s with the 235 Pirelli's. That combo is outright dangerous for a 400 hp car. It handles like absolute crap and is the first thing you should address if you end up with that combo. The track pack isnt much better but at least it has 19x9's, 255's and Brembo's.

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I have both, The major advantage of the V6 over the V8 is that Im a lot less likely to lose my license with the V6.

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If you road race and do a lot of HPDEs and want to drive the snot out of it without caring about it or worrying about wrecking it, I would go either with 2011+ V6 or 2005-2010 GT. They are lighter and with better F/R weight distribution and more importantly LESS EXPENSIVE.
V6 gets better MPG too. The 2011+ V6 is one of the best performance for money in the RWD world! Yes it CORNERS very well for doubters.

I hope I did not come off as V6 is a better car than V8 performance wise, BUT V6 is the underdog that is an over achiever.

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