Nobody likes to wait, wait for anything, until the wait is worth it! And we confess that our wait for this car was worth it! Ford has finally pulled the wraps of the new Shelby GT350, and oh boy, what a mean looking car she is! Ford made a promise to deliver "an all-day track car that's also street legal", and judging by the spec sheet, they have lived upto the promise.
First things first, Ford Mustang and Shelby have always been the true muscle cars and they are all about the engines. The new Shelby GT350 will get one of its kind, infact, only of its kind, naturally aspirated 5.2 litre V8 engine that uses a flat-plane crankshaft, a first for a production V8 from Ford. Ford has not disclosed the power levels, other than a promise of "500 bhp plus" output and a "high-revving" V8, with no actual redline numbers being revealed.
On the design front, the bodywork ahead of the windshield is redesigned to be as low and tight as possible, to reduce the drag and look insanely mean. The mirror finished silver finish is also the best looking paint finish you can ever see in a car with those parallel running black stripes in the middle of the car from nose to boot. The front fenders are more widened now and features vent to remove air from the wheel well.
On the inside, the car will get Recaro front seats and a flat-bottom steering wheel, which are made exclusively keeping in mind the track-day excursions. On the mechanical front, Ford will get a five mode driver control system that adjusts anti-lock brakes, stability control, traction control, steering effort, throttle mapping, MagneRide tuning and exhaust settings.
And speaking of the exhaust, Jamal Hameedi, chief engineer, Ford Global Performance Vehicles, says that the GT350's flat-plane V8 is going to sound mean, "Make no mistake, this is an American interpretation of a flat-plane crankshaft V8, and the 5.2-liter produces a distinctive, throaty howl from its four exhaust tips."
Check out the images and the video above and drool over the beauty of the beast. While we are waiting for its official entry to India, or any Muscle car for that sake, we know that this will not become a reality anytime soon.