Shelby GT350R is ready to go!
One of the most iconic performance Mustang nameplates of all time, the all-new Shelby GT350R, roared off the line recently at Ford’s Flat Rock Assembly Plant.
The new GT350R Mustang is the most athletic Mustang ever, designed to tackle the world’s most challenging roads and race tracks while creating an exhilarating experience for the driver. “This is a special day for all Mustang enthusiasts,” said Bill Ford, executive chairman, Ford Motor Company. “We have taken the GT350 formula to the next level of innovation, style and performance. Today the legend continues.”
The wait is over and, good golly, Molly, was it worth it. No more teasing or wondering how it sounds. No more guessing if the now-famous flat-plane crank V-8 was a gamble Ford should have taken. No more hoping that the performance division didn’t spend too much time on the GT supercar. No, this is the 2016 Ford Shelby GT350 we’ve all been waiting for, and the more hard-cord Shelby GT350R is, perhaps, the best all-around sports coupe there is. No, it really is, and here’s why.
It’s the first production V-8 Ford has ever built with its connecting rods at 180-degree intervals (rather than the customary 90) to allow it to breathe and rev to such a degree. It so happens to also be the highest-output naturally aspirated engine Ford has ever built: 526 horsepower at 7,500 rpm and with 429 lb-ft of twisting force at 4,750 rpm. It’s unlike anything you’ve ever heard or felt. At full tilt, when the baffles open wide for that distinctive eight-part staccato chorus, it simply takes your breath away. But that it revs to 8,250 rpm makes the aria go on seemingly without end. On a tall-gear roll-on, power builds steadily until about 3,000 rpm when it really hits its stride and things get interesting. And just think, there are still more than 5,000 revs left on the tachometer at this point. Mind. Blown. Consulting our vast cache of vehicle and performance data and applying a test-driver seat-of-the-pants algorithm, we say the 3,750-pound GT350 will run to 60 mph in 4 seconds flat and the Shelby GT350R, lighter by about hundred pounds but benefiting from wider and grippier rear tires and less rotational wheel weight, will do the same in about 3.7-3.8 seconds. The quarter-mile passes should come in at around 12 seconds at 120 mph.
Not only is the Shelby GT350R road legal, but it’s also everyday drivable and worth the extra $12,000 and then some—just so long as you don’t need a back seat, because there isn’t one. And here’s the weird part: All of the things that make the R such a nimble, capable, and precise track car (fancy dampers, carbon-fiber wheels, that 526-hp V-8 with its 8,250-rpm redline, the brand-new six-speed manual transmission, etc.) also make it an uncommonly good road car.
So there you have it! The New 2016 Ford Shelby GT350R is waiting to thrill you. Keep checking back with Beach Ford to see if we get one here in Myrtle Beach. You know our loyal customers and readers will be the first to know!