Although the all-new 2016 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350R bears a totally different name, it’s more of a spiritual successor to the much-loved Boss 302. But why call it Shelby instead of Boss or Mach? Well, Ford chose the designation mainly for one reason—it allowed them to make massive improvements on the car, particularly on the engine, interior and poise.
Engine and Performance
Although GT350R uses the same platform as 2015 Mustang, the new version will expectedly ride on a solider suspension and adjustable dampers. Also spotted, as the vehicles were being tested around Ford’s Michigan and Dearborn headquarters, are the cross-drilled carbon-ceramic brake rotors the models. The 2016 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350R will be powered by a 5.2-L V8 engine, delivering 550 horses and a 400lb-ft of torque. The six-speed manual will be the sole transmission with a standard Torsen rear diff. It goes without mentioning the giant brakes that promise an eye-popping deceleration, and the magnetic ride control that makes riding and handling not only sharp, but civilized as well. For the ultimate Stang, the GT350R allays its overall weight by deleting all the rear seats and rolling on the carbon-fiber wheels.
The 2016 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350R has been totally stripped down, such that the car’s buyer gets no stereo, no air conditioning, no trunk upholstery, no cargo floor, and more importantly no rear seats. Neither does it have a spare tire nor a backup camera for reversing. Also deleted are the exhaust system resonators, a move that Ford claims saves weight. In replacement, the version rolls on carbon fiber wheels—the first one for all the major automakers and a rare gem even among the exotic supercars. According to Ford, the composite wheels—19 by 11.5 inch out back and 19 by 11 up front—saves the model an outstanding 13 pounds per corner, besides being stiffer than the aluminum wheels. They are also wrapped in hyper-sticky Michelin-Pilot-Sport Cup 2 Tires that come with a very unique construction and rubber compound.
Besides the carbon fiber wheels, the rear wing and the larger front splitter, GT350R features a long host of distinctive design details. For instance, its exterior touches red-painted brake calipers and GT350R badging. On the interior, there’s the high-contrast red stitching Ford Mustang Shelby GT350R 2016 badging, and a D-shaped steering wheel with a red mark at the top.
2016 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350R Price and Release date
In such an era, where major automakers are cranking out all sorts of dumbfounding track machines, it’s hard to imagine Ford could take an extreme vehicle like Shelby GT350 and overhaul it completely to create a track that can stack against the Fusions and Fiestas. Speaking of which, Ford says the car will be released and availed for purchase by the end of the year. Ford is yet to give details concerning the car’s price, but different sources are speculating the 2016 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350R price may be close to $50, 000.