Hot on the heels of the Shelby GT350 Mustang, which was unveiled in November 2014, Ford has unveiled the even higher performance Shelby GT350R Mustang. Ford are making some big noises about the GT350R, calling it the more track-capable production Mustang ever built.
“The Shelby GT350R Mustang is a no-compromise car in the pursuit of maximum track capability,” said Raj Nair, Ford group vice president, Global Product Development. “It is a thoroughbred street car making use of technology and ingenuity to deliver performance few enthusiasts have ever experienced.”
The Shelby GT350R Mustang features the same 5.2 litre flat-plane crankshaft V8 engine used in the GT350. This engine produces over 500 horsepower and 400 lb-ft of torque. An air-to-oil engine oil cooler typically found only on race cars maintains engine temperatures under the most severe conditions, as does a standard cooler for the six-speed manual transmission.
A Ford-tuned limited-slip Torsen differential with 3.73 axle ratio is optimized for cornering grip and straight-line traction, while an electronically modulated rear-mounted air-to-oil differential cooler maintains ideal temperatures during track driving.
|Horsepower @ RPM:||500+|
|Torque @ RPM:||400|
|0-60 time:||3.5 sec.|
|Top Speed:||190 mph (Est.)|
|Price:||$ 65000 (Est.)|
In terms of appearance, the Shelby GT350R Mustang is identified by lightweight carbon fiber wheels, a larger front splitter and a larger carbon fiber rear wing. Other design touches include red-painted brake calipers, red pinstriping on the optional racing stripes, and Shelby GT350R badging.
The limited-production Shelby GT350R Mustang will be available in the United States and Canada later in 2015, and is one of more than 12 new Ford Performance vehicles arriving by 2020.
“This is the pinnacle of performance Mustangs today,” said Dave Pericak, director, Ford Performance. “The Shelby GT350R Mustang lays the groundwork for a story that will play out for years to come on the track and the street.”