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Old 06-24-2010, 04:56 PM   #1 (permalink)
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2011 Ford Mustang 305 hp V6 automatic: 48.5 MPG over 777 mi @ 44 mph



From: 2011 Ford Mustang V6 achieves record 48.5 MPG via ABG

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In order to achieve the best possible fuel economy, the V6 Mustang traveled at an average speed of 43.9 mph, including driver changes, and covered a total of 1,457 laps at Bristol Speedway. In total, 776.5 miles were traveled, resulting in an average fuel economy of 48.5 mpg – a new record for Bristol Speedway – and not too shabby for a 305 horsepower sports coupe.
Just makes me wish automakers would publish this kind of info for new vehicles: "max range/mpg" (ie. just after top gear engages), also mpg at a range of constant cruising speeds.


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Old 06-24-2010, 06:50 PM   #2 (permalink)
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That's not bad for a Mustang.
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Old 06-24-2010, 07:31 PM   #3 (permalink)
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In an automatic too!
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Old 06-24-2010, 11:48 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I bet I could get 35 MPG out of the manual version commuting to work.
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Just for comparison, looks like the 505 hp Corvette Z06 can return about 36 mpg (US) at the same speed they drove the Mustang...

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Old 06-25-2010, 08:59 AM   #6 (permalink)
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In an automatic too!
I haven't checked, but I wouldn't be surprised if the automatic has taller gearing than the manual for the same car. Seems to be the way more and more automatics are going.
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I bet I could get 35 MPG out of the manual version commuting to work.
Better trader 'er in. The cyclone wipes the floor with the ancient cologne!
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Ah, the old oval track record. I wonder if they use P&G
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No P&G according to the reports I saw.

They just got it into top gear and held it there, minimized use of A/C (but used some).

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