By on July 22, 2014

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With recent spyshots of the Ford Mustang GT350 hitting the web, we contacted our Ford sources for more info, and got a few more tidbits about the car.

Our sources tell us that a magnetic shock absorber system is under development, along with an even more hardcore, track-focused model. Details on this were scant, but better brake cooling and “cooling pump ports” for the transmission. If so, this would echo the last-generation Boss 302 and the Laguna Seca model, which went even further in its performance-focused mission by doing away with the back seats and adding additional bracing.

One notable absence on the new GT350: an engine cover. Ford has apparently decided to show off the all-new 5.2L Ti-VCT naturally aspirated motor, without any plastic adorning the engine bay. What a relief.

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10 Comments on “2016 Ford Mustang GT350 Will Get Even More Hardcore Track Model...”


  • avatar
    rileyru

    Every year that the Mustang improves significantly makes me want to “upgrade” my S197 GT, but I just can’t part with it yet.

  • avatar
    raph

    Cool, I bet the GT350R ( that’s what people are calling it ) will be every bit of 80k or more as the Z/28 has raised the roof on thus sort of thing. Hopefully the standard GT350 will be more attractively priced. The S550 didn’t increase a whole lot over the out going S197 but I can see the new SVT car starting out around 60k.

    • 0 avatar
      bball40dtw

      I still think they are going to shove the Trinity powerplant in the new Mustang for a GT500. They can’t let Dodge have all the fun.

      • 0 avatar
        raph

        Trinity is dead, they’ve had the niche engine assembly line shut down for some time for the switch over to the GT350’s powerplant.

        AND to be frank about it ( don’t get me wrong the mod motor is a decent engine – John Kaase did a 6.6 liter that made over 800 horsepower naturally aspirated ) but the Coyote with its better flowing heads, dual cam phasing, bigger bore and ability to run more compression even in blown applications makes it a better choice. Also it’s a bit lighter and a bit narrower to boot.

        Ford has been able to bump the displacement a bit ad well. A tall deck version would be nice to add some more cubes and help average power but pound for pound with its advantages it just is a better choice especially in the new Mustang’s even tighter engine compartment.

  • avatar
    challenger2012

    It seems, finally, US auto makers are putting their sites squarely on the European and Japanese automakers. It will be interesting when the cars made for the masses i.e. Ford, GM and FC starting beating the upper end cars from Japan and Europe. Oh the humanity!!!!!!! It will only get better for fans of the Red, White and Blue auto makers.

    • 0 avatar
      DevilsRotary86

      ” It will be interesting when the cars made for the masses i.e. Ford, GM and FC starting beating the upper end cars from Japan and Europe.”

      To be fair, the Japanese have all but abandoned the sports car market for a large variety of reasons. The 370Z is already long in the tooth at 5 years old with no replacement in sight, and the platform itself is now 12 years old. The RX-8 has been cancelled, NSX cancelled with the replacement looking more like vapor ware each month, the S2000 cancelled, the 3000GT and Eclipse have been gone for years, the Integra is departed, and the list goes on. Mr Toyoda pretty much had to drag the Toyota board kicking and screaming to just get the half-baked FR-S to production. And the less said about the US Civic Si the better. The last remaining Japanese sports cars are the FR-S and GTR.

      So right now, I would say it’s a toss up between Red/White/Blue and Europe. Japan is pretty much out of this match.

      And I still like my Japanese cars :)

  • avatar
    sportyaccordy

    Wow. As the M3 dilutes its track prowess, Ford continues to sharpen it in the Mustang.

  • avatar
    Loki

    “One notable absence on the new GT350: an engine cover. Ford has apparently decided to show off the all-new 5.2L Ti-VCT naturally aspirated motor, without any plastic adorning the engine bay. What a relief.”

    You have spy-shots of the engine bay, or is this more gratuitous rumors?

  • avatar
    CoreyDL

    Having seen this new Mustang in the flesh, it presents well. I like the fastback bit, and the unadorned simple rear. However, that does not match up to the fiddly front end, and overall I think they’ve made it either a) too long, or b) appear too long, if it’s not actually longer.

    Having complained about said length on the Mustang, I then say the Mark X version should be even longer.

  • avatar
    koshchei

    Yay for the removal of the hated engine cover! If only everyone else would follow suit.


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