For many years all those high performance Mustang models were offered with Shelby badge and it is now time for the 2016 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 to take over as one of the most powerful and fastest models from this lineup. All the way back in 1965 first Shelby GT350 was introduced and it was the first model to establish performance segment of this car maker.
Ford managed to create one high performance vehicle that can be driven hard all day on track or on any road while also completely street legal. Base version of new Mustang was already quite capable vehicle but changes that this vehicle brings push it in all segments so it can offer a lot more.
Design of the exterior has been upgraded slightly and even many drivers will not immediately notice differences, those are more than clear. All new aluminum hood is implemented here and it now is slightly lower and more sloped so it would offer better aerodynamics. Both front and rear segments received more aggressive aero elements so you would be getting more downforce and higher stability on high speed runs. Large intakes and air extractors are placed on hood and front bumper to help out with optimal cooling and better engine breathing.
Every detail has been designed to improve performances, everything has been carefully tested and proven its usability on this vehicle. Things like front splitter and rear diffuser direct air flow and provide higher downforce but also lower drag. Engine power about which we will take little bit later also needs to be under control at any time and because of this we are getting large brakes and wide performance tires. The all-new version is refined with 19 inch alloys with 10.5 and 11 inch wide tires for front and rear wheels while 394 mm brake discs at the front are squeezed by six piston Brembo calipers and at the back four piston calipers will hold 380 mm discs. When on top of this we add Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires we know that this vehicle will be fantastic on road when it comes to handling and braking.
Another very important thing besides braking and handling is the acceleration. Under the hood of 2016 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 is the 5.2 liter V8 engine and after few careful tweaks by engineers from Ford it is capable of delivering more than 500 hp and more than 400 lb-ft of torque. Looking at these numbers we can say that this is the most powerful naturally aspirated production engine that Ford has ever built. Optimization work on this engine allows it to offer almost perfect torque curve and close to max torque that is available through entire rev range. Just the way we like our performance cars this one comes with six speed manual transmission for better control over the car.
When creating performance oriented vehicle with many upgrades over the standard model, changes are also expected in interior. In this case we are getting one driving optimized interior and everything is placed perfectly for driver. Recaro sport seats have been specially developed so those would offer highest level of comfort when you are driving it on standard road but also to offer enough support in high speed corners. Instrument cluster is slightly different and is located behind flat bottom steering wheel that brings this vehicle even closer to the pure track oriented vehicle.
If you are one of those drivers that are not willing to waive on comfort and luxury you can always take the Tech Pack that also includes power leather seats, dual zone climate controls, Shaker Audio, 8 inch touchscreen and few more things. One of the things that we really like on this new model is the fact that it comes with driver control system that offers choice of five driving modes. These will adjust things like throttle response, exhaust note, MagneRide, traction control and ABS. We strongly recommend you to try all of those, not just because of the search for best performances but also because of the pure fun this car gives.
2016 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 Price
At this point we still do not know final engine figures of the 2016 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 but we do expect that these will be offered in the next couple of months before the official launch. Starting price of this track ready vehicle is $52,995, at least these are the latest estimations. When compared to other similar performance oriented models it is in line with both performance but in some cases much cheaper.