What is better than hearing the all-new 2016 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 rev at the Los Angeles reveal party or crawling all over it at the 2014 LA Auto Show? How about seeing and hearing the prototypes run wild in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado?
The next thing would be putting it through its paces on a winding mountain road or a racetrack! Crossing fingers…
The heart of the beast is a high-tech naturally aspirated 5.2L V8 with a flat-plane crankshaft. What is “flat-plane” crank? We will skip the long explanation here, but suffice it to say this style of crankshaft allows for lighter weight, which in turn allows the engine to rev up quicker and have higher redline. Many European sports and luxury car manufacturers use flat-plane crankshafts for their V8s, so why can’t the 2016 GT350?
Ford says that this will be the most powerful naturally aspirated production engine ever. The rumor is that it will produces over 500 horsepower and rev over 8,000 rpm. It also makes one of the nicest noises.
Ford tuned all aspects of this sports coupe to make it a track star. It looks like they are targeting the quick Camaro Z/28.
There was another prototype hanging with the Shelby GT350s. It was this one with the white nose. Take a close look at the headlights. Do those look like all LED lights?
Listen to the Shelby GT350 exhaust (revving) here!
And catch this sneak peek overview of Ford’s latest racetrack killer.