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2016 Shelby GT350 Engine Earns Wards Top 10 Best Engine Award

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2016 Shelby GT350 Engine Earns Wards Top 10 Best Engine Award



Worshipers at the altar of Detroit Muscle have found salvation many times over in Chrysler's Hemi, General Motors’ small block and a number of stout V-8s over the years from Ford.


The latest praiseworthy offering is Ford’s hand-built 5.2L DOHC V-8 in the Shelby GT350 Mustang, which quickly sold out a limited production run of 137 units for the ’15 model year. Several thousand more will rocket out of Ford showrooms in 2016.


Having spent nine glorious days with the GT350 in November, our panel of eight gobsmacked editors deems it worthy of a 2016 Wards 10 Best Engines trophy because it runs like American Pharoah on a trough full of steroids.


Equally important, however, is the process of dismantling a perfectly good 5.0L V-8 and putting it back together with more displacement, less friction, a volumetric efficiency of 110%, higher compression, 100 more horsepower and the ability to spin at a jaw-dropping 8,250 rpm without forced induction or direct fuel injection.


When the project was finished, the new 5.2L weighed 13 lbs. (5.9 kg) less than the original 5.0L. How’s that for a magic trick?



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