Ford Shelby GT350
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Ford Shelby GT350

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[MUSIC] Now when I got my first brush with the new twenty fifteen Mustang I specifically requested the one with the little 2.3 liter in line four. That's a whole new wrinkle and I wanted to taste it. Now we're cutting the other way. This is a big old gigundus monster motor in the new Shelby GT350. Before we get to the engine, know that it's a Ford Mustang, Ford built by their SVT team. The Shelby name is there, but Shelby is not building them. Under the hood is a big part of the story. A five point two liter V8 with what is called a flat plane crank. Now we're gonna do a car tech 101 on this soon at CNet on cars. But know that it allows the rotating mass of that giant, heavy crank down in your engine. To be more managed to have less of an ability to throw itself off and test the strength of the bearings. That means you can run the engine at a higher rpm. This is a high revving motor, more of a sports type motor. But with huge power, 500 plus horsepower. And it'll be above 400 pound feet of torque. It's healthy stuff, and with no super charger, no turbos. It's done the old fashioned way. Therefore, I equate this as kind of the follow on to my favorite mustang in the last generation, that was that boss 302. It wasn't a burly brute like the Shelby super charged cars. But it was a beautiful sweet spot between lots of power and not being mostly a drag car. This should be a real sweet handler also because it has Ford's Manga Ride, it's a new adaptive technology from them for the suspension. It's been done before by other car makers using what's called Megneta Reological Fluid in the suspension where they can electronically change the viscosity and adapt the car to any kind of drive conditions. It should really give it civility on the road and also some great flat handling on the track or at autocross.

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