By   June 2, 2015

Ford Shelby Mustang GT350 Engine

Today, Ford announced the horsepower number for their new Shelby Mustang GT350 and GT350R. The cars may be the first Fords to have the Shelby name since Carroll Shelby passed, but we think he would have been happy with the amount of power in them.

We already knew that the high performance Mustang would have over 500 horsepower, but didn’t know how much until now. Beyond this, with its independent rear suspension and magnetic ride control, it is sure to be the best handling ‘Stang ever.

Click past the jump (or scroll down if you came directly to the full article) to see the specs of the new engine, including the horsepower numbers.

So, just how much power will be under the hood of the new GT350 and GT350R? It will have a very good 526 horsepower and 429 lb.-ft. of torque from a naturally aspirated 5.2-liter V8. When you consider that there is no forced induction for that level of power you start to think just how much more it could make.

After all Dodge took the 485 horsepower engine from their SRT Challenger and with a supercharger it makes 707 horsepower in their Challenger Hellcat. If Ford does something similar with the Mustang for a new GT500, over 700 horsepower should be very possible. This would likely equate to better performance figures than the Dodge thanks to the Mustang’s lower weight.

Even without that possibility the Shelby GT350 should be plenty fast. The V8 has a flat-plane design and is a high revving unit which should make it a blast to drive. The use of a flat-plane V8 is one that company’s like Ferrari are known to use.

“The Shelby GT350 program began with a clear objective – create the most balanced, nimble and exhilarating production Mustang yet,” said Jamal Hameedi, Ford Performance chief engineer. “Every change we made to this car was driven by the functional requirements of a powerful, responsive powerplant. The high-revving, naturally aspirated 5.2-liter flat-plane V8 delivers on every target we set – high horsepower, broad torque curve, aggressive throttle response and light weight.”

We are ready for Ford to hand over the keys now, but we will have to wait a bit for that. Until then we will dream of what a good handling 526 horsepower Mustang will be like.