EcoBoost GT350

Classic Recreations has announced they are going to be offering both the 2.0 liter inline four cylinder turbo and the 3.5 liter V6 twin turbo EcoBoost engine as an option in their officially licensed Shelby continuation cars. The Oklahoma based builder has added these options to allow enthusiasts in overseas markets like Asia and Europe the chance to own an iconic Shelby.  Many countries, like China, charge a premium based on displacement, making a 5 or 7 liter V8 cost prohibitive.

The 2.0 will only be offered in the Chinese market and will still produce 300 hp and offer better power to weight ratio than the original V8 engines. Pricing on the EcoBoost cars has not been released but I expect it will be in line with the the current cars which start around $140,000.

Official Release Below:

Oklahoma-based coachbuilder will offer the twin turbocharged 3.5L EcoBoost V6 in 1966 GT350CR and 1967 GT500CR models worldwide and the 2.0L turbocharged EcoBoost 4-cylinder to the Chinese market.

Yukon, Okla. (December, 2015)- Classic Recreations, the only licensed and factory authorized builder of Shelby Mustang continuation cars, is pleased to announce the addition of Ford’s powerful EcoBoost engines to the lineup of powertrains for its 1966 GT350CR and 1967 GT500CR Shelby Mustangs. Ford’s EcoBoost engines represent an incredible leap forward in power, performance and efficiency for driving-focused customers and those in locations where fuel costs or displacement taxes make the V8 engine prohibitively expensive.

The 3.5L twin turbocharged V6 EcoBoost comes from the factory with 365 horsepower and 420 lb/ft of torque, thanks to high pressure direct fuel injection, variable cam timing, forged internals and dual water cooled Honeywell/Garrett GT15 turbochargers. Thanks to all-aluminum construction, the engine offers a substantial weight reduction compared to the iron-block V8 originally equipped in the car. The combination of a virtually flat torque curve and light weight along with the modern suspension options will make this one of the best handling muscle cars ever made. For those seeking more power, the 3.5 can be tuned and equipped with larger turbos to produce over 600 horsepower while maintaining reliability.

Classic Recreations will offer the 300hp, 2.0 liter 4-cylinder EcoBoost engine that has become extremely popular in the latest Ford Focus ST to customers in the Chinese market, where imported vehicles are subject to strict engine displacement taxes and regulation. After an ECU tune for premium fuel, the engine is rated at 300 horsepower and 360 lb/ft of torque, thanks to Ti-VCT twin independent variable camshaft timing, a Borg-Warner turbocharger that spins at speeds up to 195,000 rpm optimized to create peak torque between 2,000-4,000 rpm, and direct fuel injection. This engine only weighs 300 lbs, giving it one of the best power-to-weight ratios of any engine ever offered in a classic Shelby.

“For years we have proudly hand-built the only officially licensed Shelby Mustang continuation cars in the world, but that doesn’t mean we are stuck in the past,” said Classic Recreations owner Jason Engel. “Our clients come from all over the world and they expect the very best – they want the looks of a classic Shelby, with the performance and reliability of a modern sports car. We can now give customers who want a lightweight but extremely smooth and powerful vehicle the 3.5L option, which is similar to the powertrain the upcoming Ford GT, and we now have an excellent option for our Chinese customers with the EcoBoost 2.0L. It’s powerful, light and can be serviced at any Ford dealer worldwide.”

Both EcoBoost models will be available with either standard or automatic transmissions, and the full line of V8 engines – including Coyote and Windsor models ranging from 420 to over 1,000 horsepower – will still be available as well.

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