Ford's Shelby brand manager, Jim Owens, brought an Avalanche Grey Shelby GT350 to the Texas World Speedway, and during a Q&A session, he divulged a slew of new tidbits surrounding the Blue Oval's ultimate factory pony car.
forum member recorded the event (you can listen to it in its entirety below), but these are the highlights:
- The flat-plane 5.2-liter V8 will make more than 100 hp/liter, meaning that at minimum, the GT350 is a 520-hp car. Until now, Ford had only been saying that it would be "more than 500 hp."
- Redline is 8250 RPM—in line with our 8200 RPM estimate, based on our eyeballing the tach at the LA unveiling.
- A race version is coming, and it will be named GT350S.
- He said the car will be a "relative performance value" but not cheap. Our sources hint at a starting price at around $50K for the GT350 and $70K for the GT350R. Mustang 6G says the final pricing proposal is apparently being submitted this week.
- On-sale date is "earlier" in Q4. Ford has not revealed the model year "for a reason." And that reason is, per a source we trust, that a limited number of early cars will probably be sold as 2015 models.
- Figure production numbers to be in the Boss 302/Shelby GT500 range for the GT350 and 302 Laguna Seca range for the GT350R.
- The promo tour for the car will see it visit a number of America's great road courses.
Here's audio of the full Q&A with Owens:
And just because it's awesome, here's wicked new video of the 5.2L V8 revving for the fans:
for even more photos and videos of the Texas event.