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First Look! Inside the Ford GT350’s Flat Plane Crank 5.2L V8
We Finally Get To See What Ford’s Putting In The GT350 and GT350R Mustang.
We’ve seen the car for months but nobody has opened the hood on Ford’s sweet-sounding new Mustang GT350. In a tiny upstairs room at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show, we found a cutaway of the elusive 5.2L “Voodoo” V8. Notice the compact exhaust manifold configuration, and the minimal skirting on the pistons. The intake is also tuned with a newer valve technology that uses a flap that comes out of the intake wall to adjust the runner size for better intake flow. The older version used a butterfly-style valve which was more obtrusive. Of course you can see the small crank throws and the 180-degree configuration that gives this engine the flat-plane designation. Ford reps say the same engine will be used in both the GT350 and the GT350R, although the GT350R will have a different exhaust.