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The 2011 Mustang GT. The 5.0 Is Back – Finally!

Posted in cars with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 2, 2011 by AutoSpotters

1993 was the last time we saw the 5.0 badge on the side of a Mustang.  Now, finally, in 2011 Ford has brought the iconic 5.0 badge back to where it belongs – on the front fender of the Mustang GT.

The 2010 Mustang GT had 314 horsepower produced by a 4.6 liter V8. 314 horsepower may seem like a lot of power, but to put it into perspective, the 2010 Chevrolet Camaro had 426 hp, the 2010 Dodge Challenger SRT8 had 425 hp, even Japanese cars with V6’s were making 300 hp in 2010.

For 2011, Ford scrapped the 4.6 liter and replaced it with an all new 5.0 liter V8 that they claim produces 412 horsepower.  You do not need to spend much time at wide open throttle to begin to question Ford’s claim of 412 horsepower.  We have driven the 426 horsepower Camaro SS and the 425 horsepower Challenger SRT8 and this 412 horsepower Mustang sure did not feel like it had 12 fewer ponies, in fact it felt like it had many more than either of those.  Granted, at 3,875 pounds, the Mustang is about 300 pounds lighter than the Camaro and the Challenger, but we could tell the extra performance was not entirely due to hauling around less weight.
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The 2011 Cadillac CTS Coupe & Our Search For A Road To Rival Mulholland Drive

Posted in cars with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 21, 2010 by AutoSpotters

In our week long test of the 2011 Cadillac CTS coupe, we found no one likes the look of the car – they either love it or hate it. The majority of people loved it. We all know Cadillac nailed the looks with the 2nd generation CTS that was introduced in 2008, so they did the logical thing and decided to milk the looks even more by creating this coupe and a wagon version.

Knowing that the coupe has the same 304 horsepower direct injection V6 found in the sedan and still weighs about 4,000 pounds (almost the same as the sedan), we knew this would be no tire shredding rocket car, but we also knew (from our time with the sedan) that Cadillac built the CTS to be a handling dream and gave it enough power to still be fun.

Besides a road course, when you think about testing the limits of a car’s handling, you probably think Mulholland Drive? Well, we do too, but, we also did not feel like driving 1,600 miles (one way), on I-10, through the nothingness that is west Texas, southern New Mexico and Arizona just to carve a canyon road and fight to share space with cyclists. So, rather than heading west, we ventured northeast, out of Houston, in search of a southern alternative to Mulholland Drive.
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