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.