Before you get upset, there really isn’t a time you’ll need to rev for more than eight seconds.
A lot of times car companies will put limits on how far you can take your engine more for your own good than trying to take away from fun. Some keen eyes over at VW Vortex on a forum post earlier this week (Aug. 5, 2015) spotted on a spec sheet the fact that Ford WILL NOT let you rev your 2016 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 above 6250 RPM for more than eight seconds. That counts for both sitting stationary or while you’re moving. Check out the exact wording with all the details below.
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So let’s say for the sake of argument that you’re being chased by a pack of robbers in Chevrolet Camaros on a theoretical 10 mile straight road and you wanted to gun the engine up to 7000 and above to extract the maxium horsepower of the GT350’s 5.2 liter flat crank V8 as illustrated by their dyno chart, you could only hold that acceleration for eight seconds before Ford’s ecu cuts in and backs you down below 6,000 RPM for 15 seconds or until you voluntarily drop the engine below 5000 RPM. Not likely to ever happen, but not entirely impossible.
Thankfully, an actual Ford employee and unofficial forum spokesperson at Mustang 6G.com chimed in and confirmed that there won’t be an overrev function and everyone can return to their normal lives as if nothing had ever happened. This isn’t the first time Ford has added an over rev indicator in a Msutang. For the 2013 and 2014 GT500’s Ford equipped a similar feature that reduced the extended redline from 7000 RPM to 6250 RPM. And although concern was voiced by prospective buyers and owners, there have been no real issues since. We’ll have to wait and see until the these GT350’s make it into showrooms to confirm if an overrev feature will be added. But most likely not.