Ford Mustang 1981

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Ford Mustang

4, 6 and 8 Cylinder
2300cc - 4266cc
88- 143 bhp
Manual and Automatic
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Ford Mustang
The 2.8 liter V6 was dropped for 1981, with the 3.3 liter V6 receiving a slight boost in power up to 91 bhp.

The Turbo Charged I4 continued and was still the standard engine in the Cobra package, although buyers could substitute the 255 V8 as a $144 credit.

But by the end of the model year, the Turbo Charged engine was dropped (due to nagging realibility problems) and the V8 became the standard engine in the Cobra.

Midyear, Ford introduced a four-speed plus overdrive (effectively five speed) manual transmission.

This transmission could be hooked up to a new Traction-Lok rear axle, which was a limited slip differential that was vastly improved from its late 1960's iterations and finally was able to somewhat control axle hop and wheel spin.

The 1979 Replica T-Top option was brought back, which led to some aftermarket convertible conversions.

Ford didn't seem to notice (or care) about this pent up demand for Mustang convertibles.
1981 Ford Mustang
2.3 liter Inline 4 cylinder - 88 bhp
2.3 liter Inline 4 cylinder Turbo - 143 bhp
3.3 liter Inline 6 cylinder - 85 bhp
255ci V8 - 119 bhp

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Ford Mustang Identification
Ford Mustang Prototype
Ford Mustang Engines
The Ford Mustang Story
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