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Yeah... The blue oval has a special place in my heart. Prior to going German over the last nearly 10yrs with a few Bimmers, I owned 3 Mustangs. First was back in High School and then a pair of Cobras. But that's been a loooong time ago.This particular model you see here is actually peaking my interest! I love the way it looks! Was up behind a brand new one in white this weekend and the ass and overall profile is really sleek (is that even possible?) But really has my chops watering is the fact this model has 500hp without the use of a blower! And the independent suspension with magnetic controlled dampers sounds intriguing. And I've always had a soft spot for 'Charcoal Grey'. And nothing, I repeat, NOTHING sounds like the exhaust note of a MUSTANG!
May see this in my garage...


https://autos.yahoo.com/blogs/motoramic/ford-shelby-gt350-mustang-brought-back-with-more-than-500-hp-111623841.html?bcmt=comments-postbox









By Justin Hyde 28 minutes ago Motoramic
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The original Shelby GT350 from 1965 were Ford Mustangs tuned by then-newcomer Carroll Shelby from everyday pony cars into track-ready rides, ones that proved their capabilities by beating Corvettes and Ferraris on circuits across America. Today, after a 43-year hiatus Ford resurrected the name with the 2016 Shelby GT350 Mustang — and by its reckoning, the mission hasn’t changed much.

Based on the new Mustang chassis, Ford says the GT350 will boast not just ample power — more than 500 hp — but better handling than any Mustang the company has produced in the past 50 years, with technology far beyond what Shelby could have envisioned in 1965.

The biggest news lies in the engine bay, where the GT350 brings the term “flat-plane crankshaft” into the limelight for the first time in decades. If you imagine a see-through version of a typical V-8 engine, the pistons move in a stair-step fashion — alternating power strokes in a way that maximizes the engine’s smoothness. It’s the reason a Corvette, Mustang or Challenger sounds the way it does; the traditional V-8 burble comes from exhaust pulses created by so-called cross-plane crankshafts.

Cross-plane crankshafts have been the standard for V-8s since the 1920s. If that see-through V-8 had a flat-plane crankshaft, a pair of pistons would always raise and lower in concert, like two four-cylinder engine banks bolted together. It’s called a flat plane because the connecting rods of the pistons lie 180 degrees from each other, rather than being offset 90 degrees as in a cross-plane.

The first V-8s were built with flat-plane cranks, but fell out of favor because the firing order creates harsh vibrations that have to be dulled with special weights or more expensive engine parts. Yet a flat-plane V-8 can rev higher and produce more power pound-for-pound, which is why it’s usually chosen for racing machines and modern supercars; every Ferrari V-8 is a flat-plane design.
2016 Shelby GT350

2016 Shelby GT350

Ford says the new 5.2-liter V-8 unveiled in the GT350 will be the most powerful naturally aspirated production engine its ever built, with an unspecified power of more than 500 hp and 400 lb-ft of torque, all of which routes through a six-speed manual and limited-slip differential.

And it’s not just the engine. For the first time, a Mustang will leave the factory with magnetic shocks, which allow for millisecond-level adjustments. The bodywork from the windshield forward is unique to the GT350, as are the 15.5-inch brake rotors with six-piston Brembos on the lightweight 19-inch front wheels. Inside, the GT350 has five driver modes for street-to-track work, and Ford even ripped out brightwork trim to lower glare.

On paper, the GT350 — the first time Ford has used that name since 1970 — looks less like a fire-breather in the vein of the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat and 662-hp Shelby GT500, and more like a direct challenge to the Chevy Camaro ZL1; hence the spy shots of track testing at the Nürburgring and the shyness about final power specs. Carroll Shelby often told a (likely) tall tale about naming the first Shelby GT350 in 1965; it was, he said, the number of steps between buildings at his shop. We won’t have to wait long to find out how many steps separate the new GT350 from the pack on the track.
 

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I saw the video earlier on Ford's Twitter page. I think it looks like a beast.
 

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Love this car. Cannot wait to see this car go head to head with the Z28.

As a Mustang owner, they have one of the sweetest sounding exhausts.
 

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No live axel??!?! I'll believe it when I see it.

About time, drove a Laguna seca at homestead and if it had a modem chassis and suspension system it would have actually been pretty good. I've never been one to require motor motor to make a fun car as anything over 400 is enuff to not twiddle your thumbs down the straights, never saw any reason for the push for 5,6,750hp models when they can't get the rest of the system sorted well enuff to make full use of even 300hp. If this thing is built to actually be a track capable model akin to a z06/z28 then it has the potential to rock.
 

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never saw any reason for the push for 5,6,750hp models when they can't get the rest of the system sorted well enuff to make full use of even 300hp. If this thing is built to actually be a track capable model akin to a z06/z28 then it has the potential to rock.
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I'm not a Mustang fan, but if this is a properly-sorted chassis, 500/400 on a n/a platform will be impressive.
 

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Previous live axle Boss 302 was a fantastic track car for the money. Those who've come out from under most any rock the last 36 months should attest.


The S550 chassis has a lot of promise, and comparisons have already been drawn between the S197 Boss and the current basic Perf Pack GT cars. This GT350 should be quite the weapon. I don't see it taking down the Z/28, but it'll be a good fight. It's not so much that 500hp is impressive, it's that it was coaxed from roughly 320 cubic inches. 100hp/L comes on a sliding scale as you grow an engine's displacement. Becomes harder and harder to produce. Kudos to Ford.
 

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I have to say that I am really impressed with what Ford has done with this car (at least from what can be read on paper), and the new Mustang in general. My brother-in-law just purchased (as in last night) a loaded 2015 GT which I thought was already leaps and bounds over any previous generation, but this is just taking everything that I was impressed with in the GT and turning it up to 11. Frankly speaking it's [GT350] the first Mustang that I would consider owning. Well done, Ford!
 

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Videos of launch:



Kind of sounds like a Maserati GranTurismo.
 

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Bravo Ford! It's great to see some great products coming from American car companies again. I LOVE this and I have never owned a Mustang...
 

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I understand that why it comes in the 6 speed, but damn I wish they'd offer an automatic with paddles. I'm not down with driving a stick thru these traffic infested Houston streets. SMH.

It's mean as hell though.
 
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Wow I like it, it looks very nice!! How much will this bad boy cost?
 

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I understand that why it comes in the 6 speed, but damn I wish they'd offer an automatic with paddles. I'm not down with driving a stick thru these traffic infested Houston streets. SMH.

It's mean as hell though.
I'm with you there broskie! I understand the appeal and all, but most likely a deal breaker for me. Don't have the patience nor knees for constant clutch work. :(
 

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Wow I like it, it looks very nice!! How much will this bad boy cost?
Price and actual hp/tq figures are still yet to be announced. People are guessing around the $50K mark though. It WAS recently discovered that the car officially has an 8200RPM redline though. 8200RPM in a Mustang!? Color me impressed.
 

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It isn't offered in Houston-traffic-friendly guise, as it isn't intended for Houston traffic. The car's purpose is track work, and open road motoring. The average Mustang buyer is a nostalgic, mechanical type who prefers a more interactive car. While flappy paddles may add tenths of seconds on that very road course or back road, they subtract many more degrees of involvement and muscle-machine connection.

Chevy offers an auto ZL1 as a GT500 fighter. Ford offers the GT350 as a manual-only Z/28 fighter. If an auto is what you're after, I'd imagine your patience would be rewarded come GT500 time.
 
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