Listen to the Shelby GT350’s Engine Roar

If you thought the photos of Ford’s new Shelby GT350 Mustang were enticing, wait until you hear it roar. 

The newest Ford model to wear the Shelby badge will be showcased tomorrow at the L.A. Auto Show sporting a 5.2-liter engine with over 500 hp and 400 lb-ft of torque. But what makes the Shelby GT350 truly unique is its flat-plane crankshaft that allows it to rev more freely than a cross-plane crankshaft V8 can. The result? Well, not only is there plenty of power, but this is one American muscle car that truly sounds like none other.

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Flat-plane crankshafts are typically found in race cars and exotic European sports cars. In a flat-plane crankshaft application, the connecting rods are bolted to the crankshaft at 180-degree intervals rather than 90-degree intervals that removes the need for counterweights to the crankshaft. As a result, the Shelby GT350’s engine can rev more freely and produces a very distinctive sound.

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GALLERY: Shelby GT350 Mustang


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