The naturally-aspirated 5.2-liter V8 that powers the new Shelby GT350 Mustang was featured in the annual Wards 10 Best Engines awards thanks to its unparalleled combination of sheer power and refinement.
This is the 29th time a Ford engine has earned the award. The 5.2-liter “Voodoo” V8 is derived from the 5.0-liter “Coyote” V6 that won the trophy in 2011 and 2012 and delivers 526 horsepower and 429 lb-ft of torque, revving up to 8,250 RPM for maximum acoustic enjoyment. We usually have to urge our customers out of the car at Hometown Motors, or else they’d never get out!
It boasts a flat-plane crankshaft, weight-reducing Plasma Transfer Wire Arc cylinder coating, and despite its old-school port-fuel injection, it still manages to reach the all-important 100 horsepower-per-liter threshold, which speaks to the technical prowess of the Ford engineers who worked on this bad boy.
“The Voodoo engine does everything well, from puttering around town to frightening small animals. WardsAuto editors consider it the pinnacle of internal-combustion engineering,” wrote Tom Murphy, WardsAuto editor.