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Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 Goes For A Top Speed Run On The Autobahn, Hits 172 MPH


The Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 and its GT350R sibling are very good at two things: going fast, both on a straight line and a track, and sounding amazing. In the following clip, Youtuber AutoTopNL takes a GT350 to the Autobahn to let it stretch its legs.

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He begins the video with a very brief walkaround of the car, highlighting its muscular exterior, and gives us a few shots of the interior. He then takes the car onto the road, where he does a few short pulls and a quick tunnel run before getting to the no-speed-limit part of the highway.

While the GT350 was designed for the track more so than for the drag strip, it’s certainly no slouch. Its flat-plane crank Voodoo V8, which displaces 5.2 liters, makes 526 hp (533 PS / 392 kW) and 429 lb-ft (582 Nm) of torque. The sprint to 60 mph (100 km/h) takes 4.8 seconds, and Ford claims a top speed of 173 mph (280 km/h).

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In the final pull of the video, AutoTopNL rows through all six of the Shelby’s gears on his way to a top speed of 172 mph (277 km/h), just 1 shy of that manufacturer-claimed figure. Something interesting is the difference in ratio between the last two. In the video, the jump from 5th to 6th results in the engine that was screaming at 8,250 rpm to go to just growling at a comparatively-low 5,000 or so.

However, the real treat here isn’t the Mustang’s top speed (although it’s still impressive); it’s the sound. The flat-plane crankshaft, combined with the 8,250 rpm redline, result in one of the best-sounding engines to grace an American car.

Updated: January 29, 2021 — 2:21 am

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