Friday 21 October 2016
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Auto News: Ford Cranks Things Up With 526 HP Engine

Auto News: Ford Cranks Things Up With 526 HP Engine


Ford will only produce 100 2015 Shelby GT350 Mustangs and here’s why you’ll want to get in line for one. The shiny new beast of an engine, of course!

This week, the automaker confirmed that the all-new 5.2-Liter, Flat-Plane V8 will deliver 526 horses! If you really want to get down to it, Ford says that equals more than 100 horsepower per liter. Oh and it gets 429 pound-feet of torque.

“The Shelby GT350 program began with a clear objective – create the most balanced, nimble and exhilarating production Mustang yet,” said Jamal Hameedi, Ford Performance chief engineer. “Every change we made to this car was driven by the functional requirements of a powerful, responsive powerplant. The high-revving, naturally aspirated 5.2-liter flat-plane V8 delivers on every target we set – high horsepower, broad torque curve, aggressive throttle response and light weight.”

It’s set to go on sale this fall, but remember only 100 are being produced for the 2015 model year, to commemorate the nameplate’s 50th anniversary. Of these, 50 will be equipped with the Technology Package and 50 equipped with the Track Package.  Meanwhile, only 37 2015 GT350R models will be built in Carroll Shelby’s memory.

The original Shelby GT350, introduced in 1965, established Mustang’s performance credentials on racetracks around the world.


BMW is teasing its soon to debut all-new 7 Series ahead of its full reveal Wednesday, June 10. The flagship sedan sheds some pounds, gets laser headlights and BMW’s new inline-six engine in the 740i trim. Another version is likely to get a V8, and possibly another a diesel.

Technology wise, BMW says there will be a self-parking feature that doesn’t require anyone to actually behind the wheel. Instructions are sent to the car using the key fob, which features a display panel to provide a variety of vehicle-specific info.

If buyers are really looking to drive in the lap of luxury they can also reportedly order a massive, panoramic glass roof and a leather-covered engine cover.

The 7 Series should go on sale this fall.


So we can pretty much guarantee you’ve never seen a Mazda Miata like this! Check out the video to see a heavily modified, British-inspired, Mitsuoaki Roadster. It’s a retro style, stretched cool looking machine based on the outgoing Miata, not the new one headed our way this summer.

The modified roadster features the MX-5 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 160 horsepower. It’s not just a one-off either. It sells for $82,000 in the U.K.

Photo Credit: Ford