While you may have heard the rumors, seen the latest spy photos and caught a glimpse of a leaked GT350 part or two, in their latest video Ford has now begun hyping up what can only be the reveal of the 2015/2016 Shelby GT350. If we’re lucky Ford will play Santa Claus and make this a last minute 2015 model year car, but you’ll still have to wait to finally see it without all that camo…
The video above is one of five, created to lead up to the model year 2015/2016 Shelby GT350’s reveal on 11.17.2014. According to Mustang6G:
“The video ends with some partial shots of the new Mustang and the date “11.17.14” in what is clearly Shelby lettering.”
Noting the distinct Shelby lettering, Ford’s tendency to tease us with very vague and cryptic pre-release announcements and that there were already rumors of this car being released back in September, one would fully expect Ford to show us the car on the 17th. Whether or not we see the car in the flesh at a publicly held event or if Ford drops images and video on us instead is yet to be seen.
Will This be a Late Model Year (M.Y.) 2015 or Early 2016 Vehicle?
One of the more intriguing aspects of a November release is that it’s still early enough to hold out hope for the GT350 being a 2015 M.Y. car. With the Z/28 out prowling the streets and the Hellcat poised to pounce on anything less than a GT500–which we might also see in 2015, possibly being produced as an add-on package directly from Shelby–Ford needs to answer the bell or be prepared to lose significant ground in the high performance American car market. The GT350, by all indications, is going to be Ford’s answer to the z/28.
The GT350’s Flat Plane Crank V8
We’re expecting the GT350 to be a naturally aspirated evolution of the 2012-2013 Boss 302–a car specifically designed for the track and equipped to handle Nürburgring at blistering speeds, as we’ve seen in previously leaked spy videos. It’s also been heavily rumored across multiple sources from both inside and outside Ford that the GT350 will be equipped with an aptly named “Voodoo” flat plane crank V8 pumping out between 500-600 horsepower. Bested on what we’ve seen of the car at The ‘Ring, the GT350 should be both deceptively quick and hellishly loud, pumping out an exhaust note that falls somewhere between a choppier GT500 and pissed off Ferrari.