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2016 Ford Shelby Mustangs to get over 500 horsepower

2016 Ford Shelby Mustangs to get over 500 horsepower image

Text: Anton Andres / Photos: Ford | posted June 04, 2015 11:17

High revving 5.2 V8 produces 533 PS

Ford has announced the official power output of its new 5.2 liter V8 in the upcoming Shelby GT350 and GT350R. Ford utilized engine techniques normally found in Ferrari's V8 engines and applied it to the Shelby's engine by giving it a flat-plane crank. The company said this V8 is the "most power-dense and the most powerful naturally aspirated road-going engine in Ford history."

“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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Ford has confirmed the power output at 533 PS and 580 Nm of torque and revs up to 8,250 rpm which Ford says is the highest revving V8 in its history. The company says 90 percent of the power is available from 3,450 rpm all the way to 7,000 rpm. All in all, the engine produces 102.5 PS/ per liter. According to Ford, it “features a racetrack-friendly spread of nearly 3,000 rpm between its torque and horsepower peaks."

Both the GT350 and GT350R are paired with a Tremec six speed manual and will be the only transmission choice for the Shelby Mustangs.

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“A new Mustang as exceptional as the Shelby GT350 deserves an equally extraordinary engine,” said Dave Pericak, director, Ford Performance. “The all-new naturally aspirated 5.2-liter V8 perfectly fits the balanced dynamics of the Shelby GT350, and we believe this new engine will become a performance legend.”