2015 Ford Mustang GT350 Spied Again

Our spy photographers got a closer look at the upcoming high-performance variant of the 2015 Ford Mustang. Compared to the last time we spotted one of these prototypes -- which is expected to be called the GT350 -- this test car wears far less camouflage, revealing more details about its innards.

Given that the standard 2015 Ford Mustang has made its public debut, we're not surprised by the general shape of this test car. However, the quartet of large exhausts fitted beneath its rear bumper do stand out compared to the twin exhausts of a normal Mustang GT. It's also clear that the car packs enough power to need serious taming, as the rear wheels wear fat 295/35/R19 rubber.

Out front, the camouflage tape does allow us to seem a prominent cooling air vent in the hood, hinting that this car may use forced induction, just as did the outgoing Ford Shelby GT500. We're told, however, that the GT500's massive 662-hp, supercharged 6.2-liter V-8 won't fit in the new 2015 Ford Mustang. Reports suggested that we could expect a naturally aspirated 5.0-liter V-8, but these photos hint that engine could even be supercharged. Alternatively, given that Ford now offers a turbocharged 2.3-liter inline-four engine in the new Mustang, we could see a high-powered turbo model for the GT350.

Speaking of which, the name GT350 has been freed up because Shelby American ceased selling its own Mustang upgrade package by the same name. As a result, the new high-performance Mustang is expected to be called the GT350.

The 2015 Ford Mustang will offer buyers a choice of three engines, a 3.7-liter V-6 rated for 300 hp, an evolution of the 5.0-liter V-8 good for at least 420 hp, and a new turbocharged 2.3-liter inline-four EcoBoost engine making at least 305 hp.

When the standard 2015 Ford Mustang launched, chief engineer Dave Pericak wouldn't confirm to us whether or not a GT350 model was coming. While he didn't deny the possibility of a go-fast Mustang, he told us at the time, "Let's celebrate this one [the standard car] for now." Don't expect to see this GT350 debut until much later this year -- Ford will likely want to delay its introduction until the hype around the standard 2015 Ford Mustang has diminished.

TheClassicCarFactory
Ford has multiple high-performance versions of the Mustang in the offing, just as in years past...what they haven't done in a very long time is to create a Mustang that is a luxury grand tourer coupe.....more  refined, higher grade interior and less boy-racer add-ons. Few luxury coupes are available in the market in the $40k range.....take advantage Ford.
Louis Class A
I will not buy a Porsche or a GT-R or an Aston or an M5 or an R8 if the Mustang has more power and cheaper.  So if I was Ford, I'd make cars that will sell more than the competition.
jmccool6969
Things just keep getting better and better at Ford. Also costlier and costlier.
andyoo
wanted one of these...but the ford reliability....sigh....
Kathleen Jackson
The Mustang has been getting better and better year after year. 2015 Mustang, Killer! Peace!
Kathleen Jackson
Dear FOMOCO, My family has been, blue-blood, since 1944. My first Mustang was a 1969 Mustang a Much 1, then a 79 Cobra and then a 85 Mustang GT. The 2015 Mustang is nothing but, giving a chance for everyone a chance to own a classic American Car.
dsgtmail14
@automobilemag If those monster tires will be on the production model, you might not need traction control anymore lol!
Angus E. Parvo
"...given that Ford now offers a turbocharged V-6 in the new Mustang, we could see a high-powered turbo model for the GT350." I did not know Ford was offering a turbo V6 in the new Mustang. Turbo four, sure.

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