News is slowly trickling out from the press unveiling of the 2016 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 this afternoon in Los Angeles. Kicking off the beginning of the 2014 LA Auto Show, Ford rocked the world (and confirmed many rumors) by introducing the flat-plane crank V8 engine. How rare is that? Well, the Ferrari California is the only other front-engine, rear-wheel drive flat-plane crank V8 in the world. Now, we learned from our friends at Road & Track that it redlines at 8,250 RPM.
Redline on the Shelby GT350. Photo: Jason Cammisa / Road & Track.
Flat-plane crank engines inherently have noise, vibration, and harshness issues. That’s why we really don’t see them on normal cars. However, Ford benchmarked the before-mentioned Ferrari California for NVH in the new Shelby. Performance enthusiasts are willing to put up with a little harshness for some serious performance.
We like the idea of a high-strung, naturally-aspirated engine over a forced-induction motor. Sure, turbocharging and supercharging is fun, but there’s something to be said about a high-strung engine screaming to redline that’s lost on modern performance cars. Luckily, the Mustang GT350 will satisfy our need for that experience.
Be sure to check out the teaser videos of the new Mustang and official photos while we wait for more information about Dearborn’s newest sports car.
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