We know just about all there is to know about the new 2015 Shelby GT350 Mustang from Ford. We have known since the car was unveiled for the first time that it would use a 5.2 L flat-plane crank V8 along the lines of what Ferrari offers in its cars. All we knew about power was that Ford was targeting over 100hp per liter. Ford has finally given up all the details on power for the GT350.
That 5.2L V8 will produce 526hp and 429 lb-ft of torque and the only transmission option is a six-speed manual. The engine is the most powerful naturally aspirated engine that Ford has ever produced. The special flat-plane crank is what allowed Ford to squeeze so much power and torque out of the V8. That cranks allows optimization of the combustion cycle for peak power.
The engine has an 8,250rpm redline and makes 102hp per liter. “The Shelby GT350 program began with a clear objective – create the most balanced, nimble and exhilarating production Mustang yet,” said Jamal Hameedi, Ford Performance chief engineer. “Every change we made to this car was driven by the functional requirements of a powerful, responsive powerplant. The high-revving, naturally aspirated 5.2-liter flat-plane V8 delivers on every target we set – high horsepower, broad torque curve, aggressive throttle response and light weight.”
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