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PH71 Much-needed new engines for Ford's pony. i-'M»'.'"i The 305-hp V-6 car can run to 60 mph in 5.3 seconds, and it now has a standard limited-slip differential and dual exhaust. Despite the six-cylinder's quickness, stepping up to the 412-hp. 5.0-liter V-8 is worth the money for the gains in engine smoothness, exhaust note. and. of course, acceleration times. Both automatic and manual gearboxes now have six speeds. The top-dog Shelby GT500 makes only 10 hp more than last year's car (now 550 hp), but switching from iron to aluminum for block construction drops 102 pounds from the nose of the car. resulting in more neutral handling.

■ ON SALE: Now BASE PRIC $22,995/ $30,495/549,495 (V-6/V-8/GT500) SPECS: 3.7L V-6.305 hp, 280 Ib-ft; 5.0L V-8,412 hp, 390 Ib-ft; 5.4L supercharged V-8,550 hp, 510 Ib-ft; rear-wheel drive

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