Ford has revealed its new Mustang Shelby GT350 muscle car, ahead of an official unveiling at the LA Auto Show.
The carmaker says the power plant is good for “more than” 500 HP (373kW) and 400 LB-FT (542Nm); but it will need to be ‘a lot’ more to come close to Dodge’s colossal 527kW/881Nm Challenger SRT Hellcat.
Those figures mean the GT350’s engine is the most powerful naturally-aspirated unit to come from a ‘standard’ Ford production plant, doing away with the supercharger that powered the GT500.
It’s likely Ford will not compete directly with the Hellcat on power output, letting the Shelby badge and the new model’s other features do the talking.
Those features include a six-speed manual (no mention of an auto at this stage) and a Ford-first ‘flat-plane’ crankshaft for the big V8 to allow for better engine breathing.
Naturally, the GT350 is rear-wheel-drive with a limited-slip differential, while the new model also features a lower ride-height, revised springs, 19-inch alloy wheels wearing Michelin tyres and continuously-controlled MagneRide dampers.
The car is brought to a halt by 394mm cross-drilled rotors up front matched with Brembo six-piston calipers, while the rear gets 380mm rotors with four-piston calipers.
Inside, the GT350 gets Recaro sport seats, a flat-bottomed steering wheel and a new driver control system with five settings. These control braking, traction control, engine mapping suspension settings and more.
No mention from Ford on pricing at this stage, or if the GT350 will venture outside the US market but we expect more will be revealed at the LA Auto Show; stay tuned.
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