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Ford "Goes Further" and Debuts 2016 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350

Posted by: Jennifer Morand

Ford announced the 2016 Shelby GT350, calling it the most-powerful naturally-aspirated Ford production engine and is, by far, the most ambitious powertrain program it has ever done.

The "unique, high-revving" 5.2-liter engine is the first-ever production V8 from Ford with a flat-plane crankshaft, which is typically only found in racing applications or exotic European sports cars. Unlike a traditional V8 normal-production model, where the connecting rods are attached to the crankshaft at 90-degree intervals, this design evenly spaces all crank pins at 180-degree intervals.  This engine produces more than 500 hp and 400 lb. ft. of torque. The car has a six-speed manual and a choice of five different driving modes all while being street-legal!

The vehicle is a tribute to Carroll Shelby, an industry name who has been tied with the Mustang. The original Shelby GT350 was introduced in 1965, giving the pony car street cred. This street-legal track car continues in the spirit of Carroll Shelby, a man whose name became synonymous with Mustang for his history of transforming an everyday car into a road racer.

Ford debuted this vehicle ahead of the LA Auto show and has yet to confirm the release date or pricing. Click here for a link to see the 2016 Shelby GT350.

Tweet us @ChiAutoShow, @Ford & @FordMustang if you want to see the GT350 at the 2015 Chicago Auto Show!

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