Shelby GT350 Mustang Returns With a Vengeance
The heart of this snake is its new 5.2-liter V8 engine. This powerplant is Ford’s first production V8 with a flat-plane crankshaft. What makes this different? Instead of the connecting rods being attached to the crankshaft at 90-degree intervals, this new engine evenly spaces all crank pins at 180-degree intervals. What you get is Ford’s most powerful naturally aspirated production engine that churns out over 500 horsepower and 400 lb-ft of torque. This brute works in conjunction with the Tremec 160 6-speed transmission to produce a red line that tops out at 8,000 rpm.
A lot of thought and innovation went into designing the interior of the GT350. Specially designed Recaro seats provide comfort for the daily commute and support out on the track. A flat-bottom steering wheel helps make entry and exit easier and practical for track use. Brightwork on the dashboard was also diminished or eliminated to reduce distracting glare.
Ford gave the GT350 some serious suspension and braking components. The MagneRide damping system, along with springs and sway bars, work together to provide an exhilarating driving experience. Brembo brakes front and rear with 15.5-inch rotors up front and 14.8-inch rotors in the rear help bring it all to a stop.
Ford expects the GT350 to be available in the fall of 2015. There’s so much more to explore about the return of the GT350 so head over to ford.com/cars/mustang for more information.
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