Ford announced the return of the Shelby GT350 Mustang in a press release issued today. First introduced in 1965, the Shelby GT350 has been an icon in Ford’s history. To build upon the muscle car’s already worthy credentials is the all-new Shelby GT350 Mustang, featuring the most powerful naturally aspirated Ford production engine ever.
The new 5.2-liter V8 engine is the first production V8 from Ford that comes with a flat-plane crankshaft, a feature normally reserved for racing applications or European sports cars. This flat-plane crankshaft is actually what allows cars like Ferraris and Lamborghinis rev so fast. Indeed, the inclusion of this crankshaft was a bold and exciting move by Ford. The result of this new application is an engine that produces 500+ hp and 400+ lb-ft of torque. To finalize the muscle car touch of the GT350 is a lightweight six-speed manual transmission. In the press release, Ford does not mention any automatic transmission.
To handle the V8’s power is what Ford calls “the most track-credible brake system ever offered on a Ford vehicle in terms of absolute stopping power, fade resistance and brake pedal feel.” These brakes are two-piece cross-drilled iron discs mounted to aluminum hats, with six-piston calipers in the front and four-piston calipers in the rear.
Like Ford’s new F-150, the new GT350 houses some aluminum bodywork. The new aluminum hood has been lowered and sloped when compared to the base Mustang, creating a great profile and making little impact on its aerodynamic signature.
When talking about the exterior of the new GT350, a few obvious changes have been made: a new front fascia with a splitter, hood outlets, vented inner fenders and rear diffuser. But take a look for yourself in the images provided, because these changes make for one gorgeous muscle car.
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