More Beans Spill On Ford's 5.0-Liter V8

Other outlets have trashed the embargo further on the new 2011 Ford Mustang GT's 412 HP 5.0-liter V8, blabbing about head design, VVT, all-aluminum construction and other engine tech. Plus, oh yeah, torque numbers.

After the horsepower figures for the new five-oh were leaked last night via Facebook and Twitter, a mere two hours after the end of the preview event held in Dearborn, the guilty parties got slapped around and we figured things would go silent.

Nope, thanks to AutoQuasi-Weekly we can now tell you Ford's reborn 5.0 will in addition to 412 HP put down 390 lb-ft of torque. "But how?" you ask? It'll be an all-aluminum engine with iron cylinder liners, a factory counterweighted forged crankshaft, main bearings that are at least four bolts. A fresh head design includes very interesting vertical intake ports, with four valves per cylinder, and variable valve timing on both intake and exhaust. It also gets mated to both the 6R80 automatic transmission or the Getrag-built MT82, same as the V6 'Stang. There's plenty of other kickass stuff in this engine, but we can't talk about those things yet, because breaking embargoes is totally amateur-hour. Writing about the information after they've been broken? Well, that's totally fair game. We've got reputations to uphold after all.