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Shelby Mustang GT350 packs over 500 horsepower

Shelby Mustang GT350 packs ove...
The GT350 debuts a magnetic ride system for Ford
The GT350 debuts a magnetic ride system for Ford
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The Mustang GT350's V8 should produce over 500 hp
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The Mustang GT350's V8 should produce over 500 hp
A flat plane crank V8 is hiding under the bonnet
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A flat plane crank V8 is hiding under the bonnet
A number of aero changes give the GT350 a distinct face when compared to the standard Mustang
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A number of aero changes give the GT350 a distinct face when compared to the standard Mustang
A more aggressive rear diffuser helps to provide downforce at high speed
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A more aggressive rear diffuser helps to provide downforce at high speed
The Shelby Mustang GT350 sits lower than a standard Mustang
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The Shelby Mustang GT350 sits lower than a standard Mustang
Ford wants the GT350 to be at home on the racetrack
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Ford wants the GT350 to be at home on the racetrack
A subtle lip spoiler is a part of the GT350's aero package
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A subtle lip spoiler is a part of the GT350's aero package
The GT350's engine is Ford's most powerful naturally aspirated engine
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The GT350's engine is Ford's most powerful naturally aspirated engine
Special Recaro seats make an appearance inside
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Special Recaro seats make an appearance inside
Brembo brakes and lightweight wheels feature on the GT350
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Brembo brakes and lightweight wheels feature on the GT350
The GT350 debuts a magnetic ride system for Ford
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The GT350 debuts a magnetic ride system for Ford
The GT350 debuts a magnetic ride system for Ford
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The GT350 debuts a magnetic ride system for Ford
The Shelby Mustang GT350 at the LA auto show (Photo: CC Weiss / Gizmag.com)
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The Shelby Mustang GT350 at the LA auto show (Photo: CC Weiss / Gizmag.com)
The Shelby Mustang GT350 at the LA auto show (Photo: CC Weiss / Gizmag.com)
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The Shelby Mustang GT350 at the LA auto show (Photo: CC Weiss / Gizmag.com)
The Shelby Mustang GT350 at the LA auto show (Photo: CC Weiss / Gizmag.com)
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The Shelby Mustang GT350 at the LA auto show (Photo: CC Weiss / Gizmag.com)
The Shelby Mustang GT350 at the LA auto show (Photo: CC Weiss / Gizmag.com)
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The Shelby Mustang GT350 at the LA auto show (Photo: CC Weiss / Gizmag.com)
The Shelby Mustang GT350 at the LA auto show (Photo: CC Weiss / Gizmag.com)
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The Shelby Mustang GT350 at the LA auto show (Photo: CC Weiss / Gizmag.com)
The Shelby Mustang GT350 at the LA auto show (Photo: CC Weiss / Gizmag.com)
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The Shelby Mustang GT350 at the LA auto show (Photo: CC Weiss / Gizmag.com)
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Ford's latest Mustang hasn't made it through its first year yet, but already it has been given the full Shelby treatment. The Shelby GT350 Mustang is powered by the most powerful naturally aspirated engine Ford has ever produced, and has been treated to a number of chassis upgrades to make it feel at home on the track.

The heart of the GT350 Mustang is a new 5.2-liter V8 producing over 500 hp (373 kW) and 542 Nm (400 lb.ft) of torque. The engine is Ford's first to feature a flat plane crank, which the company says promotes "better cylinder breathing" by permitting a cylinder firing order that alternates between cylinder banks, thus reducing the overlap of exhaust pressure pulses.

The GT350's engine is Ford's most powerful naturally aspirated engine
The GT350's engine is Ford's most powerful naturally aspirated engine

Engines with flat plane cranks are known for their distinct sound and Ford sees this as an American interpretation of the flat plane crank V8, promising "a distinctive, throaty howl."

Putting the V8's power down is a Torsen limited-slip differential, while buyers have no choice but to shift gears themselves through a six-speed manual gearbox.

There is more to this Mustang than a powerful engine. According to Ford's Vice President of Product Development Raj Nair, the GT350 should provide "nimble, precise handling and massive stopping power." A wider front track, lower ride height and recalibrated spring and damper rates all form part of the Shelby GT350 treatment, and Ford's first "MagneRide" suspension system (similar to the optional MRC on Corvettes) can adjust the ride every 10 milliseconds.

Complementing Ford's handling upgrades are the GT350's bigger brakes – 394mm discs and six piston Brembo calipers up front with 380mm discs and four piston calipers at the rear. These hide behind 19-inch aluminum-alloy wheels wrapped in Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires developed specifically for this car.

Brembo brakes and lightweight wheels feature on the GT350
Brembo brakes and lightweight wheels feature on the GT350

Further separating the GT350 from standard Mustangs is Shelby's aero package. The car's aluminum bonnet is lower than that on a standard Mustang, and the more aggressive front splitter works with a rear diffuser to provide downforce and stability on the racetrack. The new rear diffuser also feeds the GT350's optional diff cooler.

The Shelby Mustang GT350 at the LA auto show (Photo: CC Weiss / Gizmag.com)
The Shelby Mustang GT350 at the LA auto show (Photo: CC Weiss / Gizmag.com)

Inside, the Mustang's interior has been treated to a more race focused makeover, courtesy of bespoke Recaro seats and dials that reflect the Shelby Mustang's true performance potential.

There is no word as yet from Ford about pricing on the GT350.

Source: Ford

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3 comments
Michael Wilson
hmm. no boost, no care. Lets see them hang a pair of turbos off this the way they do all their ecoboost engines.
Captain Danger
@Michael Wilson It's 500 HP! without the complications of boost , and you are not interested because there are no Turbos?! No pleasing some people.
Much of my school days was spent drawing cars and wistfully wishing I was 20 years older so that I would have had the choices in automobiles that my parent's had. I felt that the cars of the 70's and early 80's were under powered overweight and ugly (35 years later I have grown to like them, I even like the looks of the Camaro, Firebird and Mustang II from the 70's now). My Father had a 67 Mustang 289 (2 bbl), one uncle had a 67 Fairlane (390) and a second uncle owned both a 65 Mustang (289 bbl 4 Speed) and then later a 70 Boss 302. I was so envious of the choices they had. Now look what we have got to choose from. 300-320 cubic inch engines making 400-500 HP, Factory superchargers, 13 second grocery getters (thing the Eco boost Taurus). We may have big Brother breathing down our neck $5/ gallon gas (I live in Canada) a Metric system shoved down our throat, Political correctness run am-mock, taxes up the Yin and Yan but right now car magazines and articles are sure fun to read. I doubt that I will ever be able to afford one of these cars, but I sure do enjoy dreaming and talking about which one I would get if I could get just one. This is a worthy contender and should ( at least for this year) put our proverbial foot on the throat of the Bow Tie camp, but I am still thinking I would like a 2013 Boss 302 Laguna Seca Mustang in the Black on Black coloring scheme. Great work Ford!
soryu2222
No word, (in this article,) if it's independent rear suspension. If it's not, it mind as well be 300 hp.