Wait, Is The Ford Mustang GT350 Going To Be Turbocharged?

The Ford Mustang GT350 is steaming headlong into the Los Angeles Auto Show next week, and... did Ford just hint that their track-oriented car is going to go be turbocharged or (just as likely) is this video just clumsily and misleadingly edited?


A lot of details have been up in the air about the new hot Mustang. Truth be told, we don't even know entirely for sure that the car will even come equipped with the heralded 'GT350' moniker. We didn't know what engine would be in it, either, with rumors just a few short months ago pointing towards a 5.2-liter V8.

A turbo track Mustang that isn't the Ecoboost one we have? We'll believe it when we see it, although it is curious that Jim Farley somewhat randomly talks up forced induction in this video...

We do know for sure it'll have race goodies like Brembo brakes, Recaro seats, and certainly something (maybe the cup holders?) made out of carbon fiber.

And, of course, no story about a turbocharged Mustang is complete without a mention of the original Thinking Man's Mustang, the 1980s Mustang SVO. If that's coming back, I don't think anyone will be disappointed at all.



I think they actually just confirmed the flat plane crank rumor -

The reference to forced induction was about how it caused them to look at their current line up and figure out how to "remix" them to gain horsepower advantages. Nothing was said that this specific car was forced induction. I think it was just to show that they were now open to considering new ideas.

However, at :36 into the video they start talking about the "free revving, low inertia" characteristics of the engine and how it had a "race car mentality."

What are the main advantages of a flat plane crank and why do many race cars use them? Rapid acceleration of the engine that cross plane cranks can't match. FREE REVVING.

We are getting the engine we want.