Exclusive: 2016 Ford Mustang GT350 will debut at the 2014 LA Auto Show

Article by Christian Andrei, on November 10, 2014

Our inside sources at Ford confirmed that the all-new GT350 will make its debut at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show. There aren’t too many details regarding the 2016 Ford Mustang GT350, but according to some sources, the vehicle is expected to arrive with a naturally aspirated 5.2-liter V8 engine that will deliver more than 600 hp and 430 lb-ft of torque.

More details will be revealed later this month! If you can’t wait the new Mustang GT350, you can go for the standard 2015 Mustang GT Fastback, which starts at $32,100, while the GT Premium model is priced at $36,100.

Mustang GT is powered by a 5.0-liter V8 engine rated at 420 hp and 390 lb-ft of torque. Still, if you don’t want to pay that much you can get the 2015 Mustang V6 Fastback for $23,600, powered by the 3.7-liter V6 engine that produces more than 300 hp and 270 lb-ft of torque.

The model equipped with the all-new 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine is priced at $25,170. This engine delivers 300 hp and 300 lb-ft of torque.

Ford Mustang’s first ever Shelby GT350 has strongly influenced the new generation models. One prime example is the new Shelby GT350 Mustang’s high- performance engine. The street legal racecar is now equipped with Ford’s naturally aspirated production powertrain and is designed to endure today’s most troublesome roads ahead. This new development also makes the new Mustang its most nimble GT350 production ever.

Originally built based on Carrol Shelby’s perspective, the sixth generation GT350 is both an everyday vehicle and a supercar designed to deliver unprecedented driving performance. The engineering team applied a unified strategy instead of creating various systems for separate functions. This advanced technology, where every shape and component works in sync, inevitably ends up with optimum results.

The Global Product Development team wanted to work on the most capable Mustang for any possible situation. Raj Nair described the process as they started developing the new GT350. Ford Mustang’s new powertrain is very nimble and has proven to be more responsive with great stopping power and efficient handling. Nair also mentioned that the changes made on the new Shelby were motivated by the new engine requirements.

Ford Global Performance Vehicles Chief engineer Jamal Hameedi likewise recounted the initial stages of its progress. As it turns out, the new engine suits Mustang’s new chassis dynamics and platform. And although the GT350’s naturally aspirated V8 power plant was actually categorised for racing, the end result was basically an entire new engine.

Interestingly, Ford Mustang’s new 5.2L V8 powertrain is equipped with a flat-plane crankshaft only used for high performance racecars. This type of engine architecture positions the crank pins evenly at 180-degree intervals unlike the 90-degree spaces on conventional V8 engines.

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