Mustang Shelby GT350 Engine Leaked, Convertible Variant Confirmed As Well

2015 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 Engine Leaked 1 photo
Photo: Mustang6G forum
Ever since the loud track-bred pony was first spotted doing hot laps on the Nurburgring, a very poignant question started to bother a lot of petrolheads all over the world: what's under the hood? With no further ado, here's what to expect: a 5.2-liter NA V8 mill.
Now that the 2015 Ford Mustang (S550) entered production and we know pretty much everything there is to know about its specifications, prices and options, the SVT Mustang Shelby GT350 was still a mystery in terms of what's propelling those rear wheels. And no, engineers haven't tinkered with the 435 horsepower 5-liter V8 from the GT or the 5.8-liter supercharged mill from the Shelby GT500, but came up with a different eight-cylinder powerplant.

A member of the Mustang6G forum uploaded a screenshot of a listing for replacement quarter panel insulators and brake master cylinders. The GT350's engine leak came from it, and from it we have learned this: "MOD 5.2L-TiVCT PFI NA HP1 GAS, With SVT Performance Pack” and "Convertible; MOD 5.2L-TiVCT PFI NA HP1 GAS, Less Special Equipment Package; RH." TiVCT stands for variable camshaft timing on both camshafts of the engine, 5.2L is displacement, NA is naturally-aspirated and PFI equals port fuel injection, which means there's a separate fuel injector for each of the engine's eight cylinders.

It's anyone's guess what all of the previously mentioned equate in terms of torque, horsepower and 0 to 62 mph acceleration, but we expect to get a serious output hike that'll stop near the 500 horsepower mark. Earlier this year, during the Indianapolis Motor Speedway broadcast, one of the blokes giving a running commentary of the race dropped a fine Easter egg: the 2016 Mustang Shelby GT350, also known as the hottest naturally-aspirated incarnation of the S550 Mustang, will be previewed on September 19th. Spoiler alert: a convertible GT350 is also in the cards. Just look closer at the picture above.
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About the author: Mircea Panait
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After a 1:43 scale model of a Ferrari 250 GTO sparked Mircea's interest for cars when he was a kid, an early internship at Top Gear sealed his career path. He's most interested in muscle cars and American trucks, but he takes a passing interest in quirky kei cars as well.
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