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Weird Mustang Shelby GT350 With Ginormous Hood Bulge Has A 7.3L V8

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Back in March of this year, a strange Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 test mule with a massively weird hood bulge was spotted on the streets. It was something no one had ever seen before, and there were many theories as to what it was.

We’ve made our guesses before, but now it’s time to learn what’s really under that strange hood, courtesy of REVan Evan on YouTube and Mark Wilson from Ford.

If you guessed a 7.3-liter pushrod V8 engine under the hood, you’re correct. That odd bulge was actually added to allow clearance for the intake manifold’s upward-facing entry point.

This, however, does not imply that a Godzilla-powered Mustang is on the way. This Shelby GT350, according to Wilson, is simply a testbed for an upcoming manual transmission control pack for the 7.3L pushrod V8 crate engine. It will be on the market in the fourth quarter of this year.

Ford has stated that there is no plan to incorporate the pushrod V8 into the Mustang in 2020. That appears to be the case with this revelation as well.

However, it’s worth noting that a prominent member of the Canadian Auto Workers union stated that a 6.8-liter version of the pushrod mill would be used in Mustang and F-150 derivatives. Ford has never confirmed this claim. But, as the saying goes, never say never.

Source: REVan Evan via YouTube

Notably, the massive Godzilla V8 crate engine with a 10R140 automatic transmission control pack is currently available for under $20,000 from Ford Performance. If we have to guess, the one with the manual transmission control pack will be in the same ballpark.

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Ford has stated that there is no plan to incorporate the pushrod V8 into the Mustang in 2020. That appears to be the case with this revelation as well.

However, it’s worth noting that a prominent member of the Canadian Auto Workers union stated that a 6.8-liter version of the pushrod mill would be used in Mustang and F-150 derivatives. Ford has never confirmed this claim. But, as the saying goes, never say never.

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