2016 Shelby GT350 Makes 526 Horsepower!

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The All-new Shelby GT350 Mustang

Ford has been saying since they announced the 2016 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 and GT350 R that the car would make over 500 horsepower. Today, we’ve learned that the magic horsepower number is 526. That’s right, 526 horsepower from the 5.2L, flat-plane crankshaft V8!

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The new comes from a tweet from Road & Track that shows a picture of the dyno graph. While difficult to read, Road & Track confirms that the horsepower number is indeed 526. They credit the flat-plane crankshaft.

V8s always make big power. There is no replacement for displacement. But the flat-plane crankshaft in the 5.2L V8 in the Shelby GT350 is extra special. That crankshaft allows Ford engineers to rev the snot of the car, all the way to an 8,250 RPM redline.

CHECK OUT: Listen to the 2016 Shelby GT350 Screaming on the Track!

Thanks to that extra-high RPM, the engine continues to make power past when a normal V8 would run out of steam. That kids, is how big horsepower is made.

For those counting, the Shelby GT350 and GT350 R are significantly less expensive than the Chevrolet Camaro Z/28, and make an additional 21 horsepower. I can’t wait to see the two, head-to-head, on the racetrack.

Who will win? Let us know your thoughts on that, and on the horsepower of the Shelby GT350, over in the forums!

via [Road & Track]

Chad Kirchner is a regular contributor to Corvette Forum and Ford Truck Enthusiasts, among other auto sites.

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