The new 5.2-liter V-8 found under the hood of the 2016 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 has a lot of people talking. Ford shocked the masses when it created a flat-plane crank for its new free-breathing mill, a style of crankshaft usually reserved for exotica from Ferrari and Maserati. On the newest episode of Ignition, host Jason Cammisa breaks down what exactly this means for the GT350, and how it makes the newest bad-boy ‘Stang one of the hottest cars for sale.
To kick things off, Jason lines the new GT350 up next to its basic 5.0-liter Mustang GT brother, which retains a traditional crankshaft. After explaining how messing with the crank results in a different firing order, he enlists the help of a drummer to audibly illustrate the new pattern.
Next, he straps the Shelby to a dyno, and sees what happens when the 5.2-liter is spun up to its 8,200-rpm redline. The result? A stellar 467 hp, delivered all through the lofty rev range.
On road, Jason finds this translates into a seriously fun road car. Jason finds the car to be capable, aggressive, and well-balanced. The addictive sound, power, and attitude may have Jason sold on the road, but in order to properly make a verdict, he hands the GT350 over to Motor Trend’s resident hotshoe, Randy Pobst, who puts it through its paces on Chuckwalla Raceway.
Want to see how the new 2016 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 does at the hands of a pro? Take a look at the newest episode of Ignition in the video below.