It Makes How Much? We Dyno the 2019 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350

It Makes How Much? We Dyno the 2019 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350

The Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 might have the best-sounding engine of any new production car. If you don’t believe us, take a listen. Ford calls it the Voodoo, and it’s much different than the engines in its more pedestrian pony car brethren. Its flat-plane-crank architecture is unique among V-8s from the ‘States, as is its astronomical 8,250-rpm redline.

In the 2019 GT350 and GT350R, the Voodoo is rated at 526 horsepower and 429 lb-ft of torque at the crank. We decided to take the GT350 from our Best Driver’s Car competition and strap it to a dyno to find out how much power it’s making at the wheels. Drivetrain losses are exceedingly difficult to measure but we’ll estimate a 15-percent loss between what the engine is producing at the crank and how much power makes it to the road. Based on Ford’s numbers, we should be expecting a dyno readout of 457 hp and 373 lb-ft of torque at the wheels.

Last time we measured a GT350 on a dyno in 2015, it put down a very healthy 467 wheel horsepower. This one is even stronger. Here’s what the dyno tells us: an average of 494 hp and 382 lb-ft at the wheels over three separate runs in fourth gear. Accounting for the drivetrain loss, our results translate to 568 horses and 439 lb-ft at the crank from the Voodoo V-8; that’s 42 hp and 10 extra lb-ft more than its ratings from Ford.

The dyno chart, which graphs power and torque against engine speed, shows a big spike in torque for the Mustang around 3,300 rpm. That’s when this engine comes alive—much later in the rev range than most turbocharged engines and larger-displacement V-8s. Torque remains near its peak at 382 lb-ft between 3,300 and 6,000 rpm, at which point it begins to drop off. The power curve is relatively linear. Peak power doesn’t arrive until the Voodoo is approaching its sky-high 8,250-rpm fuel cutoff.

If our tester is any indication, you not only get one of the best-sounding engines in the business with the 2019 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350, you also get more power than advertised.

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