The 2016 Ford Shelby GT350R Mustang had its premiere at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show. The new model represents a performance version of the popular GT350. However, if you though that this will be only slightly improved model with a tuned up engine, you were wrong. Though the 2016 GT350R Mustang is based on the GT350, it will come with some substantial differences compared to the latter. Its design will be much bolder and will improve the performance as well, and the model will also come with different bodywork in order to maximize its performance even more. Most importantly, the 2016 Ford GT350R Mustang will use a brand-new engine developed by Ford, which will be the most powerful unit they had installed so far. All in all, we simply cannot wait for this model to be released.
Though the 2016 Ford Shelby GT350R Mustang and GT350 share the same basic bodywork, the development of the new track model required more innovative and advanced technological approaches. You may not notice them at the first glance, but the new Shelby GT350R Mustang does come with some differences compared to its regular sibling. The biggest change here is in the model’s weight. The 2016 Ford GT350R Mustang weighs quite less compared to the regular model. This will improve the car’s performance, and make it more agile and responsive. Therefore, the designers tried to shed off as much unnecessary pounds as they could. They even replaced the standard alloy wheels with new carbon-fiber ones.
The new carbon-fiber front wheels are 11 inches wide, while the rear ones are 0.5 inches wider. The new wheels are 13 pounds lighter than the standard alloy ones. Not only do they reduce the total weight of the car, but they are also stronger and more durable than the other ones offered. The new wheels will use the high-performance Michelin PilotSportCup 2 tires.
The 2016 Ford Shelby GT350R Mustang will resemble its regular counterpart, but only a bit. The new model is designed as the best-track model offered at the moment and therefore, it has to have an appropriate appearance. The new muscle car really looks aggressive – its design is bold and assertive, with a lot of sharp edges and fierce details. In addition, some of those details aren’t there only due to their aesthetical value. For example, the new splitter and rear wing also create downforce which improves model’s performance. Speaking of the performance, let’s take a look at the most important aspect of the new 2016 Shelby GT350R Mustang.
2016 Ford Shelby GT350R Mustang Powertrain Setup
The new 2016 Ford Shelby GT350R Mustang will use a new 5.2-liter dual-overhead-cam V8 engine. This is the most powerful engine the Ford has to offer. It is also the first unit with flat-plane crankshaft made by Ford. You can only imagine how much effort and time the manufacturer has invested in developing this unit – the mill should represent the peak of their capabilities and they better not disappoint.
According to the first estimation, the new 2016 Ford Shelby GT350R Mustang’s engine should deliver more than 500 horsepower and more than 400 lb-ft of torque. However, other details concerning the transmission, performance and powertrain in general are unknown at the moment.
Price & Release Date
The 2016 Ford Shelby GT350R Mustang should be released by the end of this year in the USA and Canada. As for the price, there is no official information just yet. However, some sources feel confident that the new model will come with not so expensive price tag. On one hand, the new car needs to stay affordable and close to its competition, but on the other, it will offer such awesome perks and traits it is really hard to guess how the manufacturer will form the price. We can only wait for the official announcement.