The 2016 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 has an 8200 RPM redline

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  1. Carnage

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    The 2016 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 has an 8200 RPM redline
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    We're getting a lot more information from the big reveal of the 2016 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350. Our Senior Editor Jason Cammisa is there, and after speaking to Ford engineers, he's finding out that the GT350 is definitely not a GT500 replacement. This is a whole different animal.



    Let's start with the flat-plane-crank V8 engine: the configuration allows for a 8200 RPM redline (as you can see below), compared to the 6250 RPM limit of the GT500 or the 2015 Mustang GT's 7000 RPM cap. The cylinder walls do get the same sort of plasma coating that the old GT500 did—a rare similarity in a vehicle otherwise radically different in purpose.

    Ford engineers ultimately made the power they wanted (500 hp) while overcoming some serious NVH issues. In general, flat-plane crank V8s have balance and vibration challenges, and the GT350's large engine exacerbates that issue. They benchmarked the Ferrari California as an NVH target, as it was the only other front-engined vehicle with a flat-plane crank V8. The most difficult issue proved to be emissions. A flat-plane crank engine will breathe better, and to take full advantage of it you want long runners—that means moving the catalytic converters downstream, where they take longer to heat up and become effective. That meant more work for the emissions compliance engineers—but it paid off.

    After all, this is the most powerful naturally-aspirated Ford engine, ever.

    The GT350 is the first Mustang ever to achieve zero aero lift. That's thanks to the aero work the company did to the GT350: the ducted belly pan, the front splitter, and the reduced ride height compared to a normal Mustang. Even the hood ducts are engineered to reduce lift at high speed. The hood was also lowered, which meant that engineers had to construct a new short-strand nylon carbon composite brace that serves as the radiator core support and braces the front end. The engineers left it exposed, and also won't hide away the V8 with a plastic cover. Both are functional art, and both should be seen.

    Here's another cool bit under the hood: the strut tower brace. It's just like the optional steel one in the GT Performance package, but in the GT350 it'll be made of aluminum. And they'll be swappable back and forth, so GT owners could bolt up the GT350 part if they want. The more we learn about this car, the better it gets.
     
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    It will be a road course beast and sound great...flat plane cranks are the business.
     
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    Fugly and doesn't belong on this forum. Post that shizzy on the Ford forum!!!!!
     
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    it's Off Topic for a reason :)
     
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    but jeah BH, 8200 rpm is not bad
     
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    Learn thy enemy...unless you're just gonna race other hellcats. Lol
     
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    lol exactly
     
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    TRUE THAT! ;)
     
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