Ever since spy shots surfaced showing the engine bay of a prototype of the 2015 Ford Mustang, the rumor mill has been spinning in regards to what engine would go in the first performance variant of the car. It was clear that the 5.8-liter supercharged mill was too large to fit under the hood, so Mustang enthusiasts’ attention turned towards a new motor, the naturally-aspirated 5.2-liter “VooDoo” engine.
Apart from video in which you may be able to hear it, the existence of the VooDoo 5.2-liter V8 was only a rumor heard from a few sources close to the project. That is until now. Some Mustang6G members were recently perusing through the parts available for the upcoming Mustang and noticed different quarter panels, brakes and other equipment that were specified for a “MOD 5.2L-TiVCT PFI NA HP1 GAS, With SVT Performance Pack,” model. That looks like a confusing smorgasbord of acronyms and numbers, but the “5.2L” and “SVT Performance Pack” parts are the only particularly incriminating parts.
The 5.2-liter VooDoo engine will reportedly produce over 500 naturally aspirated ponies, which would make it one of the most powerful naturally aspirated production V8s in the world. The high strung engine could also be paired with a flat plane crank, although Ford has not commented on the rumor. It also isn’t clear which model the engine is destined for, however a revival of the GT350 name has been speculated. The 2015 Mustang will arrive at dealers shortly, with performance variants likely arriving sometime next year or in early 2016.