The GT-350 has now been officially unveiled. The GT-350 uses the same “S-550” platform that underpins the 2015 Mustang.
If the S.V.T team can do a performance Mustang as good as the Mustang team’s old Boss 302, not much at all should go wrong. Figure about $50,000 for this 2016 model.
We anticipate that this version will ride on a significantly stiffer suspension with adjustable dampers. Early test vehicles, spotted around the company’s Dear born, Michigan, headquarters, wore cross-drilled carbon-ceramic brake rotors. Those mules were also rolling on 19-inch Michelin Pilot Super Sport summer performance tires, with bodies pierced by a center hood vent and what appeared to be functional fender vents behind the front wheels.
S.V.T isn’t trying to top its supercharged GT-500 engine here. Instead, expect a version of the 5.0-liter V-8 that powers the Mustang GT. This engine might have a slightly larger displacement than the stock unit, and S.V.T is known to be working on a flat-plane crankshaft for the “Voodoo” engine. The lower rotating mass with such a setup should allow this V-8 to rev past 8000 rpm and deliver about 550 horsepower. We expect this engine to be mounted exclusively to a manual transmission and send its power through a limited-slip differential.
Chevrolet Camaro SS 1-LE, Chevrolet Camaro Z/28, other Chevrolet Camaros, Dodge Challenger S.R.T, a used Boss 302.
For 2016, GT-350 has been confirmed, featuring a 5.2 L Flat Plane Crank V-8 engine with more than 500 horsepower and 400 foot pounds of Torque. The GT350 is more track focused than the GT500, and was bench marked against the Camaro Z28, Porsche GT3, and BMW M4. Notable features are track-focused chassis tuning, significant aero-dynamic changes to include lowering the hood around the engine, two piece Brembo brakes, MagneRide damping option, light weight Tremec six speed manual transmission, Recaro seats, and various light weighting efforts. Specifically a carbon fiber reinforced polymer radiator support that directs cooling channels for various components.