The above video focuses in the race-equipped SVT that is purported to have a flat plane crank V8 and the video below shows the more “mild” SVT also testing that day (notice the GT fascia and lack of a large front splitter).
It looks like the spy photographers that caught the 2015-2016 Mustang GT350″R” at Nurburgring were also able to grab some video of the Halo Mustang running the track, as well as a second, unidentified Mustang.
In the video, there are two different Mustangs. One is the purported GT350R seen in earlier spy photos. The second has yet to be identified, but is clearly distinct from the more aggressive sounding GT350R. In addition to sounding more mild than the GT350R, the second Mustang in this video also appears to have a different fascia, headlights, rear diffuser and a less aggressive splitter. The hood and fender vents remain, but it’s apparent that this could be a different, less aggressive version of the GT350. Could we be seeing the Boss 302 and Laguna Seca’s S550 replacements?
Road & Track is adamant that what you hear is an all-new flat plane crank (FPC) V8 derived from the current 5.0L Coyote engine, pumping out somewhere north of 500 horsepower–a direct competitor to the Z/28 Camaro. They also say that Ford is done competing in the ultra-high horsepower arena recently decimated by the Challenger Hellcat. For this to be true, that means we won’t be seeing anymore of the Trinity motor found under the hood of the current 2013-2014 Shelby GT500.
For those that love the high-horsepower, factory built Shelbys, let’s hope Ford is working on both a FPC V8 and are also planning to stuff the Trinity motor into the S550. That would give them a Hellcat competitor as well as a track predator able to hunt down the Z/28. Who wouldn’t want to be able to choose one car from the best of both worlds?