I just figured out that the GT is still a 3.5L, while the MUSTANG GT500 is a 5.0L. I think that was the source of my confusion.In general American muscle = V8, that is the Mustangs trademark. The GT was all about aero and weight, the 5.2 is a 90 degree double overhead cam V8 much like the 5.0 (well based on the 5.0) and likely a bit wide for the GT. The GT-500 is a heavier muscle car with a wide track over the front wheels ~ you can stuff a big V8 there. For 2024 Ford is sending the new GT3 and GT4 cars to LeMans which have the 5.0L Coyote under the hood. We haven’t been given power output figures yet, Ford only confirmed they are sending “a Coyote V8 based engine”. The GT3 and GT4 race cars are based on the upcoming S650 Mustang, so no issue going back to a V8 between the fenders for fitment.
The 5.0L V8 and the engines based upon it are power dense and advanced compared to the competitions offerings. I wish Ford was allowed to use the 5.0L or 5.2L in nascar, the newer 4-valve V8 family can breath so much better in upper revs than the pushrod motors the competition still puts in everything. I love that my 5.0 Ford can run away from a 5.7 Hemi and run right next to my aunts 6.2L V8 in her GMC. 4-valves with dual injection and a high compression ratio really are magical, all the way to 7,000 rpm