Mark Houlahan
Tech Editor, Mustang Monthly
July 16, 2015

Many of us live vicariously through YouTube; watching Mustang videos on our lunch breaks, relaxing after dinner, or even just chilling with friends. The big talk right now is the God-like sounds coming from the exhaust of Ford’s new 5.2L flat plane crank modular V-8 found in the upcoming Shelby GT350 and GT350R Mustangs. Even though we have a THX-certified surround sound system connected to our home computer, we’ve been told that no speaker system can truly do the engine’s throaty burble justice and that hearing the Shelby’s exhaust in person is the only way to experience it. Sadly, the GT350’s exposure where it can either be started and revved or driven at any decent speed has been limited. In recent memory just the Mid-America Ford and Team Shelby Nationals has been the only place one could have heard this 8,200 rpm siren song of the Shelby.

The source of that beautiful exhaust note is the Shelby GT350’s all-new 5.2L flat plane crank modular V-8, code named Voodoo, which pumps out 526 hp at 7,500 rpm and 429 lb-ft of torque at 4,750 rpm.
Exclusive to the R-model are these carbon fiber wheels, which shed 60 pounds of unsprung weight for better performance. These wheels are first for a major auto manufacturer.

Mustang Week 2015 (the first for your author) has been a great experience so far and we’ve not been disappointed one bit. As we cruised the Hooters of Myrtle Beach parking lot we spied the Ford Performance Racing Parts semi and all of its parts goodies on display and headed over to say hello to our friends at Ford. The Ford Performance Racing Parts trailer is often crowded with people picking up free posters, parts catalogs, and more, but a large crowd was at the extreme end of the display and through all of the bodies we spotted a white S550 Mustang. It wasn’t just a new 2015 Mustang however, as we were able to make out the distinctive “fangs” of the GT350’s front fascia. Getting closer we realized the Shelby was actually an R-model; easily identified by its red-colored grille badge.

This was the first time yours truly has seen the GT350 in person and the car is just right. The stance, the wheels, the front fender gills—all of it forms a cohesive look that just screams performance. Thankfully we didn’t have to wait long for one of the Ford Performance Racing Parts reps to fire the new 5.2L V-8 up for the crowd and mat the loud pedal for us to hear the active exhaust system. We know now what our friends have been telling us all along is 100 percent true. You have to hear this unbelievable engine for yourself. So if you’re within driving distance of Myrtle Beach, SC we highly encourage you to come out this weekend to have a listen. If not, keep enjoying those GT350 exhaust videos on YouTube and make an effort to hear it for yourself at Ford’s next event.

It took a while, but we were finally able to capture the GT350R cleanly without a massive crowd around it. It wasn’t easy!