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Ford Mustang Shelby GT350

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Ford Mustang Shelby GT350

 

We thought
the standard Ford GT350 and GT 350R were good enough for us but when we got to
see what Shelby have done, we thought we might be able to make room in our
garage for one more Mustang. The appearance of the Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 at
the Texas World Speedway reminded us that this tuned car will be on sale Q4
2015 and we just wanted to take another look.

With a
heritage like they have, the Shelby company was bound to deliver something
special. While Ford still use the Shelby name on its own performance variants,
those produced by the independent Shelby company deliver something truly
special. That's the case with the Ford Mustang Shelby GT350.

Ford Mustang Shelby GT350
design

The new
Mustang needs no introduction. It is the original pony car that has managed to
remain (mostly) true to its heritage while also moving with the times. It's a
fine balance between history and modernity and something it does well.

The long
hood, aggressive headlights and front splitter all hint at what's coming. The
long hood with vents and huge bulge confirms it. A raked windshield, sloped
roof, wide wheel arches molded into the profile are all top class. Add huge
alloy wheels and a subtle rear spoiler complete the look.

Inside, the
Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 the sporty design continues. With a cockpit-style
driving position with good visibility all round and supportive sports seats,
the cabin is a nice place to be. With a range of technology options available,
it's also an advanced cockpit for controlling this beast.

Ford Mustang Shelby GT350
performance

Here we
come to what the Shelby is all about, performance. Speculation had been rife
about the power under the hood of the GT350. We knew it would deliver over 500
hp, but we weren't quite sure of the details. Thanks to Jim Owens, we now know
what will power this beast.

It will be
the 5.2-litre V8 engine we thought it would be. It will be rated at 520 hp and
will redline at 8,250 rpm. It will use the flat-plane crank we also heard about
as well as optimized heads and ports to further improve performance.

Despite it
obviously being the 2016 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350, the company refuses to be
drawn on the date. When asked, Jim Owens said, “we haven’t divulged the model
year yet and there is a reason for that” and left it there. So there is
something going on but we don't quite know what.

The Ford
Mustang Shelby GT350 will be touring with the NMRA during 2015 in the U.S. and
we'll be keeping an eye on it to see if we can learn more.

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