A few weeks ago, reports indicated the 2016 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 would use a 5.2-liter V8 engine. We weren't entirely convinced but several sources have confirmed the engine will indeed debut in the high-performance pony car.

A few weeks ago, reports indicated the 2016 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 would use a 5.2-liter V8 engine. We weren't entirely convinced but several sources have confirmed the engine will indeed debut in the high-performance pony car.

Details are limited but Motor Trend is reporting the model will use a new 5.2-liter V8 engine with a flat-plane crankshaft. While this is an unusually high displacement for a flat-plane crankshaft engine, sources have told the magazine the engine is equipped with a massive vibration damper on the end of the crankshaft. This should help to minimize vibrations but one source told the publication the vibrations were still bad enough that a bolt backed out of the car’s starter and killed the entire electrical system while a prototype was undergoing testing on the Nürburgring. As a result, engineers have made adjustments and reportedly ironed out the kinks.

There's still no word on how much the engine will produce but the magazine estimates it could be approximately 600 bhp (447 kW) and 430 lb-ft (582 Nm) of torque.

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