Can you guess what 6 speed transmission Ford was using on this GT350 test vehicle? There has been a non-stop flurry of chatter and speculation surrounding the new S550 Shelby variant which has been fueled by pictures and sparse comments from Ford. In the most recent wave of spy photos, we have been given more gas for the rumor fire. Pictures of two camouflaged GT350′s popped up with one in Triple Yellow, one in Competition Orange painted with black triangles and padding on the front and read of the car.
While every picture we have seen of this car so far has been camouflaged out, we are starting to get more of an idea of what the final production model will look like. From the videos we have seen of it at the Nurburgring, a much more aggressive stance has been loosely defined. Deep dish rims, with wide rubber and big brakes on the ground, to the defined and chiseled body lines have made it quite clear that this SVT model means business.
The most recent batch of pictures hint at a more pronounced bump in the aluminum hood, which begs the question of what is the bump making room for? There has been a lot of talk about forced induction on the new S550 SVT model with the Voodoo engine, but there has been no confirmation of forced induction yet. Ford insiders have lead us to believe that we will be seeing a 5.2L engine make its way into this Mustang as well as a flat-plane crankshaft, which will deliver a high redline and more power. Forced induction would only put this model over the top.
The most recent batch of spy photos have also given us a little more insight to the interior of the GT350, however, they have also raised some questions. A picture of the shifter seems to hint that the Getrag MT-82 will be used in the GT350, which is a little disappointing. Ford has claimed that they have ironed out the issues with the MT-82 for the 2015 Mustang, but we will have to wait and see for sure. The desired Tremec Magnum XL transmission which is found in the Shelby GT500 has a different shift pattern which has ruled it out for this model.
The most perplexing photo is one that shows off a “50 years” badge signed by Bill Ford on the passenger air bag cover. This is the same badge that is found in the 50 Years Limited Edition 2015 Mustangs. Up until now all signs have pointed to this new Shelby GT350 variant being a 2016 vehicle, but could it be possible that we will see it arrive in the 2015 line up? There has still been no word from Ford on when it will be released or what the specs are.
We are still left to our own devices to try and wrap our (gear) heads around this new SVT model. With Ford being as tight-lipped as they have been, we have been unable to get anything more than spy shots and insider info. As the date draws closer to the release of the 2015 Mustang we have been getting more and more information on the SVT model that is to be released as well. Mustang enthusiasts everywhere are just crossing off the days until we can see an non-camouflaged GT350 destroying Z/28s on the track and on the street.
What are your thoughts? Will we see a SVT GT350 model sooner then expected? Or is Ford just teasing us to keep the excitement level high?