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Classic Recreations Now Offers Shelby Mustangs With EcoBoost Power

Published on www.automobilemag.com

December 17, 2015
1966 Shelby GT350CR EcoBoost

Following the debut of the upcoming Ford GT supercar earlier this year, it seems as though more and more tuners and performance shops are turning to Ford’s family of EcoBoost engines for high-performance applications. Hopping on the turbocharged bandwagon, the official shop for continuation Shelby Mustangs announced two new EcoBoost engine options for their customers who might want something a little different under the hood.
Classic Recreations now offers buyers of its 1966 Shelby GT350CR and 1967 GT500CR the option to slot-in a 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 engine in place of a traditional V-8. Power is prodigious, with 365 hp and 420 lb-ft of torque from the twin-turbo mill. The builders say the V-6 is much lighter than the heavy V-8 counterparts, so they claim a Mustang equipped with the V-6 will be “one of the best handling muscle cars ever made.”
1966 Shelby GT350CR EcoBoost 1

While 365 hp is already plenty of motivation, Classic Restorations claims the 3.5-liter can be tuned up to 600 hp, all while maintaining reliability.
The Mustang builder also released information on a 2.0-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder now available for the Chinese market, where there are stringent laws and tariffs on cars with larger engines. The 2.0-liter is ripped right from Ford’s popular Focus ST hot hatch, and is tuned-up to pump out 300 hp and a whopping 360 lb-ft of torque on premium fuel. The entire engine weighs in at 300 pounds, making China’s Shelby Mustangs some of the lightest ones around.
Both EcoBoost engines are available with manual or automatic transmissions. For a more “traditional” approach to the Shelby Mustangs, the full range of V-8 engines are still offered, from 420 hp all the way up to a mighty 1,000 hp.