The Unique Power, Unique Sound Of The Mustang Shelby GT350

The Ford Shelby Mustang GT350 is a wondrous thing to behold. Well, stylistically, it’s practically indiscernible from the regular Ford Mustang GT, but it seems the sort of car whose voice would be very very welcome in our ear canals.

That’s because the engine in the new Shelby Mustang GT350 uses a lightweight, flat-plane crankshaft – the golden ticket to an unfathomable, stratospheric redline. In this case, the 5.2-liter V8 will scream its way up to 8,200 RPM before bouncing off the rev-limiter.

So naturally, Ford understands the powerful (and visceral) appeal of the flat-plane crank; the video below from Ford Performance even touts the new Shelby Mustang GT350’s “unique power and unique sound.” Which is precisely what’s so darn perplexing – and infuriating – about the video production; the engine note is all but obscured by loud, terrible music. Through the entire damn video.

Why is that the case? Who knows. Perhaps it comes down to the incompetence of the video editor. Or maybe the production crew was working with sub-par audio equipment and had to find some way to drown out that nasty microphone hiss. It could even be that Ford Performance decided at the last minute that maybe you wouldn’t really be that interested in hearing such a shrieking V8 after all.

Whatever the reason, it’s vexing. So vexing that yours truly might switch over to the Camaro camp just to spite them.

Aaron Birch is an automotive enthusiast and writer/filmmaker from Detroit, MI. As a rule, he only buys cars older than himself.


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