The Ford Shelby GT350 and GT350R Mustang were chosen as an Automobile Magazine All-Star winner for 2016.
The editors selected “25 of the 2016 model year’s most intriguing new models” and took each of them out on the track and road for a week, eventually narrowing them down to their seven favorites based on style, class, importance, and desirability.
It’s no surprise, then, that one of these was the Ford Shelby GT350 and its GT350R sibling. Needless to say, the editors were impressed by its roaring 526-horsepower V8 engine; though what’s perhaps most impressive is that the car deserved a spot among the likes of the Ferrari 458 GTB and Porsche Cayman GT4.
“The GT350R has a very ‘mean American’ feel but balances that with a very good chassis,” said Automobile’s Marc Noordeloos, while his co-editor Lerner praised the flat-plane V8 for being “a magnificent piece that makes all the right noises.”
Come hear those noises at Packey Webb Ford!
More and more details have slowly been leaking about Ford’s upcoming Shelby Mustang GT350R, as the model is teased on showroom floors all over the globe. Recently, Ford announced another first for the new GT350R: It will have carbon fiber wheels.
This makes the GT350R the first mass-produced car model of all time to rock carbon fiber wheels, an impressive move on the part of Ford that is sure to be emulated by other automakers in the future.
By switching to these carbon fiber wheels, the GT350R will halve its wheel-weight, meaning the car will be able to run even faster and will likely receive a better fuel efficiency rating.
Overall, the upcoming GT350R is the most “track-ready” model yet, with incredible power designed for the tightest turns and wildest conditions. Ford just seems to keep raising the stakes.
What do you think of the GT350R carbon fiber wheels? Looking forward to the new Shelby Mustang? Let us know in the comments.
Here at Packey Webb Ford, we love the Ford Mustang, of course. The classic pony car has long been one of America’s favorite sports cars, and it has generated some amazing special models over its fifty year production run as well. One of those models was the GT350 Shelby Mustang, which ratcheted up the Mustang to extreme racecar levels of performance.
The GT350 first came out as a 1965 model, and fifty years later, this version is just as impressive as the original. This one runs on a 5.2-liter V8 engine with a flat-plane crankshaft, a special engine configuration usually reserved for only the best European racecars. As a result, it’s one of the most powerful Ford engines ever, with over 500 horsepower and 400 lb-ft of torque.
Of course, it’s got an awesome body as well- and we don’t just mean that it’s sexy-looking, either. Don’t get us wrong, it is very sexy, but it’s also got a very tight, strong body that keeps the driver in complete control of the vehicle’s handling and overall driving experience. Check out the new Shelby online and come see us here at Packey Webb Ford to learn more about all the Ford Mustang models as well.