A little nostalgia may come standard with the new Shelby GT350 Mustang, which Ford finally unveiled ahead of the Los Angeles Auto Show. But while the car carries Carroll Shelby’s name, it’s not 1965 all over again: Under the hood of the new GT 350 is a 5.2-liter V-8 engine, the first such engine with a flat-plane crankshaft.
The naturally aspirated engine “evenly spaces all crank pins at 180 degree intervals,” not the usual 90 degree spaces usually found in traditional V-8. Ford says this “layout permits a cylinder firing order that alternates between cylinder banks, reducing the overlap of exhaust pressure pulses.”
The result is a 500 horsepower and torque over 400 lb.-ft. The GT 350’s lightweight 6-speed manual transmission is combined with a standard Ford-tuned Torsen limited-slip differential for better grip, which is further solidified with 19-inch aluminum-alloy wheels and Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires.
Full details on the 2016 Shelby GT350 Mustang can be found here.
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