Despite the fact that Ford officially pulled the wraps off the GT350 at the North American International Auto Show this past January, there is still much that remains a secret about the upcoming top of the line Mustang.
Few have driven the car -nearly all who have are Ford employees. Fewer have seen one out driving around, or been able to capture it running or driving on camera. Of particular interest to all of us is the exhaust note on the GT350 and the GT350R. That interest stems from the 5.2-liter flat plane crank engine. These engines are notoriously high pitch, and seldom carry a muscle car tone.
Ford has taken steps, including recent videos, to assure us all that the GT350 will sound like a blue collar muscular American car, and not like some skinny high strung Italian. However, the videos the blue oval has released as a way of pumping up the hype for the car have been accompanied by a somewhat annoying soundtrack of music, which tends to mask the car’s sound -come on Ford we don’t need the early 90s rockabilly -just give us some full throttle blasts recorded by a quality microphone.
While the video clip above isn’t going to give us the exhaust note we really want -full throttle down the track -near redline. It does give us a better idea of what the idle and some quick low to mid range RPM blips sound like.
After listening to this at least half a dozen times, we think the GT350R in this video sounds very much like a Coyote with long tube headers and the full gamut of appropriate exhaust hardware to go with them. The exhaust tone is more rumble, less shrill. It looks like those Ford engineers have done their homework on the exhaust. Now if we could just get the official power numbers, and a test drive please.