The Ford Duratec V6, also known as the Mondeo V6 is an aluminum DOHC V6 with a 60° bank angle introduced in 1993 with the Ford Mondeo. The primary engineering input came from Porsche, who were developing a similar V6 before selling the engineering to Ford, and Cosworth, who helped with cylinder head manufacturing. The Jaguar AJ-V6 engine is similar but adds variable valve timing. Mazda’s AJ version also has this feature.
Ford Motor Company’s modern 2.5 L and 3.0 L V6 automobile engines are evolutions of the same design, first used in the 1995 Ford Contour. This line is sold under the brand name “Duratec”, as are many other engines.
There seems to be quite a bit of hype over this new Mustang, but from my vantage point in the geographical center of ‘Murica, it’s all basically a non-issue. Yes, there are those who desperately want to live like it’s still the 1960s. There are those who cry foul over the Mustang’s ever-increasing price tag, blaming technology for ruining its bang-for-buck performance reputation. And there are those who think a few minor styling cues suddenly make the Mustang look like a poster child for clinical depression.
The realm of Mustang influence, but as a ‘Stang owner who’s attended far too many Ford car shows and never once crashed into anything, here’s my take on the new car.
The Ford dumped the V6 in favor of the superior turbo four in the base model, but I am surprised to hear people lamenting its passing. Forget the whole no replacement for displacement nonsense – you can still get a thumping big American V8 if you want. This is the base model Mustang, and folks, there have always been base model Mustangs with either four or six cylinder engines. They’re the bread and butter for the entire Mustang line, only now they have some legitimate performance cred of their own. The 2.3-litre turbo offers good power, it handles better, and it’s easier to upgrade. There’s never been a better time to own a base model Mustang.
VEHICLE TYPE: front-engine, rear-wheel-drive, 4-passenger, 2-door coupe
PRICE AS TESTED: $27,700 (base price: $24,625)
ENGINE TYPE: DOHC 24-valve V-6, aluminum block and heads, port fuel injection
DISPLACEMENT: 227 cu in, 3726 cc
POWER: 300 hp @ 6500 rpm
TORQUE: 280 lb-ft @ 4000 rpm
TRANSMISSION: 6-speed automatic with manual shifting mode
WHEELBASE: 107.1 in
LENGTH: 188.3 in
WIDTH: 75.4 in HEIGHT: 54.4 in
PASSENGER VOLUME: 87 cu ft
CARGO VOLUME: 14 cu ft
CURB WEIGHT: 3588 lb
C/D TEST RESULTS:
Zero to 60 mph: 5.5 sec
Zero to 100 mph: 13.4 sec
Zero to 120 mph: 20.4 sec
Rolling start, 5-60 mph: 5.9 sec
Top gear, 30-50 mph: 3.3 sec
Top gear, 50-70 mph: 3.9 sec
Standing ¼-mile: 14.1 sec @ 102 sec
Top speed (governor limited): 124 mph
Braking, 70-0 mph: 164 ft
Roadholding, 300-ft-dia skidpad: 0.86 g
EPA city/highway driving: 19/28 mpg
C/D observed: 22 mpg