1981 Ford Mustang Specs, Horsepower, & Features

Posted 8/29/2019 by Taylor Ward

Do you ever find yourself searching for the factory specs on your 1981 Ford Mustang? If so you have definitely come to the right place!

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The 1981 Mustang changed little from 1980 however, the biggest new option of the 1981 Mustang was the availability of a t-top in both hatchback and notchback Mustang! Ford dropped the 2.3L Turbo in a Mustang until 1983. Many of the same options were carried over from 1980 with the edition of new interior trim options!

1981 Ford Mustang Specs, Horsepower, & Features - 1981 Ford Mustang Specs, Horsepower, & Features

1981 Ford Mustang Engine Specifications


Engine Options Engine Bore Compression Horsepower Torque Fuel Tank
2.3L 2V 4cyl
3.78 x 3.13 inches
9.0:1
88hp
118 ft-lbs
12.5 gal.
3.3L 1V 6cyl
3.68 x 3.13 inches
9.6:1
91hp
160 ft-lbs
12.5 gal.
4.2L 2V V-8
3.38 x 3.00 inches
8.8:1
115hp/120hp Calif.
194 ft-lbs/205 ft-lbs Calif.
12.5 gal.


1981 Ford Mustang Exterior Paint & Interior Trim Options


Exterior Paint Options Paint Code         Interior Color Options Color Code
Black
1C
        Beryl
K
Bright Bittersweet
2G
        Black
A
Bright Red
27
        Caramel
T
Bright Yellow
6N
        Cordovan
F
Dark Blue Metallic
3L
        Cream Gold
V
Dark Cordovan Metallic
8N
        Dark Red
D
Light Pewter Metallic
1T
        Dove Gray
S
Medium Bittersweet Metallic
8A
        Light Fawn
U
Medium Blue Metallic
3H
        Light Pewter
P
Medium Dark Brown
5Q
        Medium Fawn
L
Medium Pewter Metallic
17
        Medium Pine
R
Medium Red
24
        Medium Red
D
Pastel Chamois
86
        Pewter
S
Polar White
9D
        Sand
Y
 
 
        Vaquero
Z
 
 
        White / Bittersweet
7
 
 
        White / Blue
Q
 
 
        White / Black
W
 
 
        White / Fawn
3
 
 
        White / Red
N


1981 Ford Mustang Curb Weight


Model Curb Weight
2.3L 4-cyl Manual
2,652 lbs
2.3L 4-cyl Automatic
2,652 lbs
3.3L I6 Manual
2,681 lbs
3.3L I6 Automatic
2,681 lbs
4.2L V8 Automatic
2,848 lbs


1981 Ford Mustang Production Numbers


Model Units Sold
1981 Cobra
Unknown
1981 T-Top Coupe
Unknown
1981 T-Top Hatch
Unknown
1981 2dr Sedan
77,458
1981 3dr Hatchback
77,399
1981 2dr Sedan Ghia
13,422
1981 3dr Hatchback Ghia
14,273


1981 Ford Mustang Transmission Options


Engine Transmission Options
2.3L 2V
T-04 Manual
3.3L 1V 6cyl
T-04 Manual
4.2L V8
C-4 Automatic