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PostHeaderIcon Shelby GT350 Lives On for 2018, but Where Are the Updates?

High-performance Mustangs like the GT350 and GT500 (just to name a few) have always been short lived, but that’s part of their charm and one of the main reasons why they become so valuable. The latest GT350 and GT350R are also scheduled to be made in limited numbers, but the good news is that the nameplate will live on for the 2018 model year.

Unfortunately, there’s some bad news too. If you’re a fan of the latest facelift for the sixth-generation Mustang, you probably won’t be thrilled to find out that the GT350 will carry over without the updates that Ford made to the standard Mustang for the 2018 model year. That means no new headlamps or revised bumpers and no 12-inch digital instrument cluster. Just three extra colors, two of which are shared with the standard Mustang anyway.

The underpinnings remain unchanged too, as well as the 526-horsepower and 429-pound-feet output of the 5.2-liter V-8 engine. However, that’s nothing to sneeze and the GT350 is already a great performer at the race track.

Still, I can’t help but notice that Ford is keeping the current GT350 around for two model years, after which the fate of the nameplate is rather uncertain. Will Ford update it to the new Mustang design toward the end of the sixth-generation or will the GT350 be replaced by a GT500 model based on the facelift? And, if the GT350 is going away for good, shouldn’t enthusiasts get a revised model for the last year on the market?

An upgrade may seem like the logical step in the current market, but things are a bit complicated here. While adding the new headlamps and bumpers to the GT350 might seem pretty easy, it all becomes rather complicated when it comes to aerodynamics. Changing the bumpers of the GT350 would have forced Ford to rethink and reshape the aero kit too, a process that requires research and development, which translates into time and money. More R&D could have resulted in a more expensive vehicle, which isn’t exactly feasible for a nameplate that will be around for only 12 months.

To be honest, I like the GT350 as is, but I bet some of you would rather have a more special iteration for its final year on the market. So, the big question is: are you happy that Ford extended the GT350 life-cycle by one more year or would you rather have a facelifted model a mildly upgraded drivetrain, but at a higher price? Let me know in the comments.


PostHeaderIcon Shelby GT350 Lives On for 2018, but Where Are the Updates?

High-performance Mustangs like the GT350 and GT500 (just to name a few) have always been short lived, but that’s part of their charm and one of the main reasons why they become so valuable. The latest GT350 and GT350R are also scheduled to be made in limited numbers, but the good news is that the nameplate will live on for the 2018 model year.

Unfortunately, there’s some bad news too. If you’re a fan of the latest facelift for the sixth-generation Mustang, you probably won’t be thrilled to find out that the GT350 will carry over without the updates that Ford made to the standard Mustang for the 2018 model year. That means no new headlamps or revised bumpers and no 12-inch digital instrument cluster. Just three extra colors, two of which are shared with the standard Mustang anyway.

The underpinnings remain unchanged too, as well as the 526-horsepower and 429-pound-feet output of the 5.2-liter V-8 engine. However, that’s nothing to sneeze and the GT350 is already a great performer at the race track.

Still, I can’t help but notice that Ford is keeping the current GT350 around for two model years, after which the fate of the nameplate is rather uncertain. Will Ford update it to the new Mustang design toward the end of the sixth-generation or will the GT350 be replaced by a GT500 model based on the facelift? And, if the GT350 is going away for good, shouldn’t enthusiasts get a revised model for the last year on the market?

An upgrade may seem like the logical step in the current market, but things are a bit complicated here. While adding the new headlamps and bumpers to the GT350 might seem pretty easy, it all becomes rather complicated when it comes to aerodynamics. Changing the bumpers of the GT350 would have forced Ford to rethink and reshape the aero kit too, a process that requires research and development, which translates into time and money. More R&D could have resulted in a more expensive vehicle, which isn’t exactly feasible for a nameplate that will be around for only 12 months.

To be honest, I like the GT350 as is, but I bet some of you would rather have a more special iteration for its final year on the market. So, the big question is: are you happy that Ford extended the GT350 life-cycle by one more year or would you rather have a facelifted model a mildly upgraded drivetrain, but at a higher price? Let me know in the comments.


PostHeaderIcon If you Missed the Chance to Get a 2017 Shelby GT350 Mustang, We've got Good News for You!

After a 42-year hiatus, Ford brought the GT350 nameplate back into play for the fifth-gen, 2011 Ford Mustang. There was no telling if the nameplate would carry on to the sixth-gen model, but sure enough, Ford delivered. With an updated Mustang rolling into dealers for 2018, it was uncertain whether or not the GT350 nameplate would carry on through the remaining life of this generation or not but, as it turns out, Ford knows better. The Shelby GT350 and GT350R will continue on through the 2018 model year, but there’s a catch. Despite the fact that the Mustang was facelifted for the 2018 model year, the Shelby GT350 and GT350R will carry on unchanged from the 2017 model year, so purchasers of this iconic nameplate will have to get by with pre-2018 styling cues.

As a rather small, but fair consolation price, the 2018 GT350 and GT350R will be available in three new exterior color choices that include Orange Fury, Kona Blue, and Lead Foot Gray. The latter of which has the sole purpose of paying tribute to all those guys that crash after a Cars & Coffee meet. Okay, that’s not necessarily true, but I couldn’t pass at a chance to ruffle a few feathers. For those of you who haven’t been paying attention, the Shelby GT350 and GT350R are the baddest Mustangs that you can get at the current time. The do come at a rather stout premium, with the GT350 starting at $56,145 and the GT350R commanding $63,645. That’s an increase over the range-toping GT Premium Convertible of $13,450 and $20,950, respectively.

Some would argue that the massive price hike for either model is well worth it, so let’s take a closer look both models real quick.


PostHeaderIcon Shelby GT350 Owners Are Ready to Burn the Blue Oval at the Stake

The Ford Shelby GT350 was Ford’s answer to the new Camaro Z/28 and the car Ford enthusiasts had been waiting for. It came with more aggressive exterior styling that reduced aerodynamic drag, a new front splitter, angled ducts in the grille, a vent on the hood, and real vents in the lower fascia that help to keep the front brakes cool under heavy load. It even had a belly pan to help increase air flow through. And, Ford even replaced the 5.0-liter with a 5.2-liter flat-plane crank V-8 that delivers an awesome 526 horsepower and 429 pound-feet of torque. So, it’s got the credentials of a track-ready car and was marketed as such, but a bunch of owners of this “track-ready” car say it’s not track ready at all and seek financial compensation from the blue oval for being duped into thinking it was.

Apparently, the GT350 will suddenly lose speed and power once on the track. And, in some cases, this can happen in as little as 15 minutes. That doesn’t sound like it makes for a fun day at the track, does it? As the story goes, it has been found that base model GT350s or those equipped with the technology package can overheat due to defective transmissions and rear differentials that overheat without external coolers. As such, the computer detects the overheating and puts the car into limp mode, causing it to lose power and slow down suddenly – something that not only ruins your run at the track but also poses a serious safety issue if there’s anyone close to you when limp mode is activated.

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PostHeaderIcon Shelby Super Snake 50th Anniversary Edition

The history of the Ford Mustang extends more than 50 years, and in that span, a the muscle car’s legacy has been defined by a number of custom tunes and special edition models. As rich as that history is though, there is one model that trumps them all, largely because Shelby only built one model of it as a prototype. That model was the 1967 Shelby GT500 Super Snake, and to this day, it remains as the most expensive Mustang ever sold when it fetched $1.3 million at a Mecum auction back in 2013.

Over the years, Ford has revived the Super Snake name a number of different ways, most recently with the 2015 Shelby Super Snake, a special edition Mustang that was limited to just 300 units. Fast forward to this year and the Super Snake name is making another comeback with the launch of the Shelby Super Snake 50th Anniversary Edition. Yes, the one-and-only original 1967 Shelby GT500 Super Snake is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year and for a car that has turned into arguably the most iconic Mustang in history, a special edition run of 500 units (499 more than the original Super Snake!) is the least Ford can do to commemorate the original Super Snake.

Like with most special editions, the 2017 Shelby Super Snake 50th Anniversary Edition comes with a long list of exclusive features and details, including new bodywork from Shelby, commemorative appointments to indicate its status, and best of all, the option to get the car’s power up to 750 horsepower.

The 2017 Shelby Super Snake 50th Anniversary Edition may never have the lasting legacy of the legendary 1967 Shelby GT500 Super Snake, but it is a fitting tribute to a muscle car that was completely ahead of its time in more ways than one.

Continue after the jump to read more about the 2017 Shelby Super Snake 50th Anniversary Edition.


PostHeaderIcon Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 Could Get Dual-Clutch Automatic

The Shelby GT350’s arrival with a six-speed manual transmission only was great news for purists back in 2015, but the beefed-up muscle car could get an automatic in the future. That’s the news from Road and Track, which claims, quoting information obtained from Mustang6G, that the GT350 will be offered with an optional dual-clutch automatic gearbox within the next few years. Given that Mustang6G has accurately predicted several Mustang-related details in the past, this is likely to be more than just a rumor.

There’s no word as to whether the Shelby GT350 will get a six-speed or a seven-speed dual-clutch, but word has it that Ford could use the seven-speed it offers in the Ford GT supercar. Either way, a quick-shifting, dual-clutch will improve the GT350’s already tremendous performance. With the manual model needing only 3.5 seconds to hit 60 mph from a standing start, a dual-clutch gearbox could decrease that time to an amazing 3.3 seconds.

There’s no specific word as to when the automatic GT350 may arrive, but Ford will likely introduce the new transmission for the facelifted version of the current-generation muscle car. The updated Mustang has already been spotted testing and it should arrive sometime in 2017. A revised GT350 with the optional dual-clutch transmission could follow in 2018. Naturally, the more track-focused GT350R will also get the automatic gearbox.

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PostHeaderIcon Ford Shelby GT500 Mustang

Unveiled in December 2013, the sixth-generation Mustang introduced not only a new design language, but also a brand-new platform that features an independent rear suspension for the first time since the pony was launched half a century ago. It also received a revamped interior with classic cues and an updated engine lineup that included a turbocharged, 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine. The sixth-gen car also became the first Mustang to be sold in European Ford dealerships. For 2015, the Blue Oval launched the Shelby GT350, the first performance-oriented version of the new muscle car. In 2016, a set of spy shots confirmed that Ford is also working on a more powerful Shelby GT500.

The test mule was spotted outside Ford’s Dearborn development facility in Michigan sporting a number of features that are different from those seen on the GT350. This leads us to believe that a more powerful version of the sixth-gen Mustang is in the making. Not much is known about the car as of this writing, but there are numerous rumors to run by, speaking of a turbocharged engine with more than 700 horsepower and a limited production run.

The launch date is also a mystery, but the new GT500 could make its public debut at the 2017 Detroit Auto Show in January. If this proves to be true, the nameplate will return after a three-year hiatus. Find out more about it in our speculative review below and stay tuned for updates.

Note: Ford Shelby GT350 Mustang pictured here.

Continue reading to learn more about the Ford Shelby GT500 Mustang.


PostHeaderIcon Ford Shelby GT500 Mustang

Unveiled in December 2013, the sixth-generation Mustang introduced not only a new design language, but also a brand-new platform that features an independent rear suspension for the first time since the pony was launched half a century ago. It also received a revamped interior with classic cues and an updated engine lineup that included a turbocharged, 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine. The sixth-gen car also became the first Mustang to be sold in European Ford dealerships. For 2015, the Blue Oval launched the Shelby GT350, the first performance-oriented version of the new muscle car. In 2016, a set of spy shots confirmed that Ford is also working on a more powerful Shelby GT500.

The test mule was spotted outside Ford’s Dearborn development facility in Michigan sporting a number of features that are different from those seen on the GT350. This leads us to believe that a more powerful version of the sixth-gen Mustang is in the making. Not much is known about the car as of this writing, but there are numerous rumors to run by, speaking of a turbocharged engine with more than 700 horsepower and a limited production run.

The launch date is also a mystery, but the new GT500 could make its public debut at the 2017 Detroit Auto Show in January. If this proves to be true, the nameplate will return after a three-year hiatus. Find out more about it in our speculative review below and stay tuned for updates.

Note: Ford Shelby GT350 Mustang pictured here.

Continue reading to learn more about the Ford Shelby GT500 Mustang.


PostHeaderIcon Ford Shelby GT350 Mustang

Ford gave birth to the GT350 nameplate in 1965, the same year when Carroll Shelby was commissioned to build high-performance versions of the first-generation Mustang. Built in 1965 and 1966, the initial GT350 was not just lighter than a regular Mustang, but more powerful too. Originally rated at 271 ponies, the ’Stang’s 4.7-liter V-8 was uprated to deliver 306 horsepower at Shelby American’s shop, where it would also be equipped with heavy-duty rear axles, larger rear drum brakes, and front disc brakes. All 1965 models were painted Wimbledon White with Guardsman Blue stripes, while the 1966 model year brought more colors to the car. The GT350 continued in 1967, 1968 and 1969 with more cosmetic changes that performance updates. The GT350 moniker disappeared until 2011, when it returned for the fifth-generation Mustang. As the redesigned pony rolls into dealerships for the 2015 model year, the Shelby GT350 has made yet another comeback as a track-prepped version of the sixth-gen Mustang.

Introduced for the 2016 model year, the first Shelby Mustang GT350 to feature an independent rear suspension is Dearborn’s answer to the Chevrolet Camaro Z/28. The body panels were reshaped into a more aerodynamic and aggressive shape, including a completely new front section, while the GT’s standard 5.0-liter V-8 was replaced by a slightly larger unit specifically developed for this muscle car. But enough with the spoilers. Keep reading to find out everything there is to know about the new Shelby GT350.

Updated 06/28/2016: Ford dropped a new video featuring David Patterson “That Dude In Blue” tackling the GT350 Time Attack at the Ford Performance Octane Academy. Hit “play” to watch the new video.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2016 Ford Shelby Mustang GT350


PostHeaderIcon Ford Shelby Hertz GT-H

The Ford Mustang created quite a stir when it was unveiled to the world in 1964, but it wasn’t until 1965 that the first high-performance pony cars hit the streets and tracks. Often called “Cobras” due to the emblem and paint scheme it shared with the Shelby Cobra Roadster, the first-gen Shelby GT350s reshaped the pony car market, marking the birth of the lightweight, track-prepped muscle car. Initially offered in Wimbledon White with Guardsman Blue stripes, the GT350 became available with non-white colors in 1966. Among them there was a special run wearing a black paint and golden stripes, along with a “GT350-H” badge. These became known as the Hertz “Rent-a-Racer” cars and they’re about to return on the sixth-generation Mustang.

It’s been 50 years since the first Shelby GT350-H was built for the Hertz Corporation and Ford is now planning to launch a 50th Anniversary Edition. It will be called the Ford Shelby Hertz GT-H and will be unveiled on March 21st, at the Classic Car Club Manhattan in New York. Details are scant as of this writing, but the new Hertz Mustang is likely to be based on the track-prepped Shelby GT350 and hit dealerships as a limited-edition muscle car. We’ll be back with updates on Monday so make sure you stick around for the full rundown. Until then, have a look at our speculative review.

Note: 2006 Ford Mustang Shelby GT-H pictured here.

Continue reading to learn more about the 2016 Ford Shelby Hertz GT-H 50th Anniversary Edition.


PostHeaderIcon Ford Performance Racing Launches Driving School For Shelby Mustang Owners

Ford Performance Racing School has launched an exclusive driving program for owners of the 2015 and 2016 Shelby GT350 and GT350R. The program, dubbed the GT350 Track Attack, is located at the Utah Motorsports Campus in Toeele, Utah, and is only available for owners of the two fire-breathing muscle cars.

The one-day affair comes at no cost to whoever buys any of these two muscle cars. Yep. It’s part of the package that comes with purchasing either the GT350 and GT350R. Those who take up the offer are responsible for the travel costs and if they want a second track day. Those who sign up will be treated to an evening reception followed by a full day of performance driving lessons, both in the classroom and on the track. Everything happens under the skillful tutelage of Ford Performance Racing School instructors.

Ultimately, the program’s objective is to fully understand all the nuances of driving a car as powerful as the Shelby GT350. After all, these aren’t city hatchbacks we’re talking about here. These are cars that spit out 526 horsepower and 479 pound-feet of torque. It takes a certain amount of skill to be able to drive a car like this and owners are encouraged to take part in the GT350 Track Attack to sharpen their high-performance driving skills. Driving these muscle cars is not just about pushing the pedal to the floor. Knowledge on braking, shifting, weight transfer, and cornering techniques are just as important. And if for nothing else, there is the experience of taking part in this program and learning from the best driving instructors from Ford Performance Racing. Those lessons could come in handy in the future.

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PostHeaderIcon Jay Leno Gets Cozy With The 2016 Ford Shelby Mustang GT350R: Video

Jay Leno’s love for anything involving Carroll Shelby is so well-documented that nobody was surprised when Leno purchased the new Ford Mustang Shelby GT350R the moment it became available. The former host of the Tonight Show admitted as much in the latest episode of Jay Leno’s Garage, which incidentally featured the latest – and some say, greatest – Mustang to have ever been built.

Those are lofty praises for a model that has seen its share of iconic models over the years and yet, Leno seems to believe that if the new Shelby GT350R isn’t the best, it’s definitely in the conversation. I’m not one to disagree with a man who knows more about cars than most people, so when he heaps praise on the new Shelby GT350R like there’s no tomorrow, it’s probably best to take on his word.

Fortunately, Leno had Mustang head engineer Jamal Hameedi on hand to talk shop about the GT350R. Together, they dive deep into the things that make the GT350R stand out, spending close to 25 minutes on the subject. It’s a very enlightening discussion that shouldn’t be spoiled, especially for those who plan to watch the episode in its entirety.

Don’t worry, I’m not going to spill the beans on what Leno and Hameedi discussed, although I will tell you that, like most episodes of Jay Leno’s Garage, it ends with Jay taking the car out for a spin. Watch out for that the sound of that rare, bespoke, normally aspirated 5.2 liter V-8 engine. It lets out quite a wallop.


PostHeaderIcon Shelby Terlingua Mustang

In 1965, a Shelby GT350-R driven by legendary Ken Miles won its debut race at the Green Valley Raceway in Dallas. Shelby’s win produced quite a stir, but so did the black-and-yellow logo of a rabbit holding its paw in the air. The logo belonged to Terlingua Racing Team, which went on to become an important name in motorsport in the 1960s, being used on several Mustangs, Cobras, and even Indy 500 and Le Mans winners.

As part of the group that, according to Bill Neale, “would go down to Terlingua to hang out, hunt deer, ride motorcycles, have some drinks and eat real well” long before the race team was put together, Carroll Shelby revived the Terlingua Mustang in 2007 by launching a limited-edition, V-6-powered Mustang wrapped in the famous black-and-yellow livery. It’s been nearly a decade since then, and the Terlingua Mustang returned once again as a spin-off of the sixth-generation pony.

Limited to only 50 units, the new Shelby Terlingua Mustang is based on the 2016 Mustang GT and, much like its predecessor, comes wrapped in a racing livery. As the base model suggests, this one is powered by a V-8, but the drivetrain has very little in common with the stock model, packing a supercharger, and a lot more power than you can get from a Ford dealership. Keep reading to find out more about that.

Continue reading to learn more about the 2016 Shelby Terlingua Mustang.


PostHeaderIcon 2016 Shelby GT350 Mustang Dyno Testing: Video

There’s a certain irony that comes with listening to the engine of a Ford Mustang Shelby GT350. Most people will attribute it to noise, but for those who appreciate the roar of a 5.2-liter V-8 engine, hearing the Mustang Shelby GT350 get strapped up for a dyno test is music to the ears, the kind that soothes the automotive senses and relaxes the nerves.

Personally, that’s what I get whenever I see a video of a sports car or a muscle car undergoing a dyno test. I just close my eyes and let the cacophony of screams coming out of that engine fill my ears. It’s a very relaxing feeling, one that I’m sure fellow auto enthusiasts will understand. But, that’s not the only thing worth mentioning about this video of a Mustang GT350 doing a dyno run. Sure, the engine’s mighty roar – up to 8,200 rpm! – is a notable highlight, but there’s also another aspect that’s worth mentioning. During this dynamic chassis dyno test, Hennessey was able to bring out 482 horsepower and 407 pound-feet of torque from that V-8. That’s a fantastic number that’s made more impressive by the realization that the V-8 didn’t seem to even break a sweat in reaching that output.

Moving forward, expect Hennessey to roll out a new performance package for the Mustang Shelby GT350. If past kits are any indication, it’s reasonable to expect a number of options being made available. An HPE700 kit will most likely be on offer, as will an HP800. Maybe Hennessey blows the lid off of the Mustang Shelby GT350 and offer a four-digit power kit for the muscle car. Stay tuned for that one.


PostHeaderIcon Shelby GT350R Mustang Cattle Baron's Ball Edition

The name of the American Cancer Society’s Cattle Baron’s Ball conjures images of pickup trucks, but perhaps a muscle car named after a horse and a Texan is also in-theme. Appropriate or not, Ford Motor Company donated a special 2016 Shelby GT350R Mustang to the event this year. The car was auctioned off to raise money for the American Cancer Society on September 26.

The Cattle Baron’s Ball is an annual event held in Detroit to benefit the American Cancer Society. It’s been a Motor City staple since 2003, and attracts a host of wealthy socialites and philanthropists for a night of live music, gourmet cooking and charity auctions with a Western theme. Ford is the main sponsor of the event this year, and Hau Thai-Tang, Ford’s VP of global purchasing, is the honorary chair. Since 1974, Ford and the Ford Motor Company Fund have contributed over $1.8 million to the American Cancer Society in Detroit, and the majority of the contributions came through the Cattle Baron’s Ball.

The next-generation Shelby Mustang is a street-legal race car, and Ford plans to build just 100 GT350s and 37 GT350R models for 2015, with a similarly small production run for 2016. It’s likely to go directly into a collector’s garage, but this 2016 Shelby GT350R sports some unique details that will inevitably set it apart when it resurfaces on the collector market some day.

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PostHeaderIcon Shelby GT EcoBoost Mustang

The Shelby name has been attached to a lot of different kinds of cars from different manufacturers and with different kinds of engines. But so far, Shelby Mustangs have all been powered by V-8s. Displacements and power outputs have varied by a lot, and some have been naturally aspirated while others have used forced induction, but it has always been a V-8. That all changes this year, as Shelby has just announced a Shelby GT package for the EcoBoost Mustang. The package will be available in North America, but it is intended to appeal primarily to customers in other parts of the world. This is why the car will make its first public appearance at the Goodwood Revival in the U.K., also marking the official European debut of Shelby International.

To a lot of Americans, the idea of a four-cylinder Shelby Mustang might seem blasphemous; but for those living in other countries, particularly in Europe, V-8 Mustangs may be out of reach due to huge price increases caused by tax and insurance regulations. The GT EcoBoost is therefore a way for Europeans to be able to buy a Shelby Mustang without having to pay near-supercar prices for it.

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PostHeaderIcon Ford Claims Shelby GT350R Will Be As Fast As Porsche 911 GT3

There is no doubting how much of a hoot the 2016 Ford Shelby GT350R Mustang is going to be on the track, and Ford is fueling the fire by claiming that the track-prepped version of the new Shelby will be as fast around the track as an equally track-ready 2014 Porsche 911 GT3. Now before you start looking for videos of the Shelby dominating the GT3 at the Nürburgring, the track Ford is boasting a speed advantage at is Grattan Raceway in Belding, MI.

More importantly, Motor Authority is also reporting that Ford claims the GT350R is a full second faster than the 2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 around the 13-turn, two-mile road course located in central Michigan. With a starting price that is expected to be about $10,000 less than the current Z/28 and around half the price of the 911 GT3, the GT350R’s performance is now even more impressive.

The 2016 Shelby GT350R gets a healthy dose of weight reduction, dropping about 130 pounds compared to the highest-performing 2015 Ford Mustang GT model. The low 3,650-pound curb weight is thanks to the removal of the air conditioning, radio and back seat, which all make the GT350R about as close to a race Mustang as you can legally drive on the street. The highlight of this car will be its high-revving (8,250-rpm redline) flat-plane-crank, 5.2-liter V-8 that produces 526 horsepower and 429 pound-feet of torque.

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PostHeaderIcon Ford Shelby GT350S Mustang Race Car

The arrival of the 2015 Ford Mustang not only brought many changes to America’s iconic muscle car, but also gave rise to several questions as to what high-performance models would be built around it. There’s been a lot of talk about several Shelby nameplates being dropped with the new generation, but although the GT500 has yet to receive a successor, Ford did roll out a GT350 model and a more track-focused GT350R that promises to become the most potent Mustang on the race track.

Speaking of racing, Ford is still using the previous Boss 302S in the Pirelli World Challenge, but that might also change very soon. Though Ford has yet to confirm it, Shelby brand manager Jim Owens let it slip that a race version of the current Mustang is underway and that it will be named the GT350S.

Details are obviously very slim at this point, but, that didn’t stop us from speculating on what the GT350S might be about. As usual, we also commissioned our talented artist to make a rendering of this upcoming race car to go with the my speculative review. Join me below to find our more about the Shelby GT350S.

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Ford Shelby GT350S Mustang Race Car originally appeared on topspeed.com on Tuesday, 9 June 2015 13:00 EST.

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PostHeaderIcon Ford Shelby GT350 and GT350R Mustang On The Track: Video

We already know most everything there is to know about the 2016 Shelby GT350, including the fact that its flat-plane crankshaft, 5.2-liter V-8 sounds like a race-spec muscle car should. We also know that the GT350R was built with racing in mind and that it will allow drivers to use its full potential only at the track. While I’m more than happy to take Ford’s word for that, I’m still anxious to see it perform on a race course. That moment may still be a few months away, but FoMoCo just made the waiting a bit easier by releasing a cool new video showing both the GT350 and GT350R racing at full throttle around a track.

The video may be short, at only one minute and 52 seconds, but it sure makes a lot of noise. The good thing about it is that it’s only about engine and exhaust sounds. No annoying music and no Ford employee to talk about the cars and take the fun out of watching a pair of track-ready muscle cars do what they do best. If you’re a fan of naturally aspirated V-8s, than this is a video you must definitely watch.

As a brief reminder, both the Shelby GT350 and GT350R are scheduled to hit dealerships by the end of the year. Both cars come with 526 horsepower and 429 pound-feet of twist on tap. Prices are reportedly set at $47,870 for the GT350 and $61,370 for the GT350R.

Ford Shelby GT350 and GT350R Mustang On The Track: Video originally appeared on topspeed.com on Saturday, 6 June 2015 12:00 EST.

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PostHeaderIcon Shelby GT350's New 5.2-liter V-8 Delivers 100 HP Per Liter

Ford has made it official. With 526 horsepower, the 5.2-liter V-8 that will power the 2016 Mustang Shelby GT350 and GT350R will be the most powerful atmospheric engine Ford has ever produced for a road car. That’s over 100 horsepower per liter, without the use of forced induction.

Instead of turbocharging or supercharging, the new engine, which is unique to the GT350 and GT350R, makes its power the old-fashioned way: displacement and high revs. The flat-plane crank V-8 revs to a stratospheric 8,250 rpm and delivers maximum power at 7,500 rpm. Peak torque is 429 pound-feet and arrives at 4,750 rpm. Its rev-happy character and peaky power delivery is more in line with what you would find in a race engine, and Ford points to the engine’s track-friendly spread of 3,000 rpm between peak torque and horsepower.

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Shelby GT350’s New 5.2-liter V-8 Delivers 100 HP Per Liter originally appeared on topspeed.com on Thursday, 4 June 2015 09:00 EST.

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