For 2016, the automaker brings us the 2016 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350, and said that it’ll be light years ahead of the old GT500. New for the iconic GT350, is an engine that goes up to 8000rpm, (that’s very high for muscle car standards) a magnetic suspension system, custom brakes, and comes in Michelin superstick tires. When Ford launched the last Shelby Mustang specifically the Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 in 2013, it packed 662 horsepower and was said to go over 200mph. Even with those specs, the extra power came with typical muscle car-good for straights and burnouts performance and lacked the nimbleness to negotiate with tricky corners.
The 2016 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 is Also an Amazing Track Car
Ford went all the way in designing the exterior of the 2016 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 keeping it as iconic aggressive at the same time. Using the same body as the existing 2016 Mustang plus a wide body kit, the Shelby features a more aggressive front end complete with the all-important Shelby cobra emblem and replaced the Mustang badge at the rear with Shelby along with the aggressive rear fascia. Equipped with exotic custom cross drilled brakes that came from Germany and carbon fiber wheels that came from Australia. Under the hood, is a slightly bored and stroked version of the 5.0liter engine, and used a flat crank layout – ala Ferrari making for less rotational inertia resulting in a very rev-happy 5.2 liter engine that goes up to 8000rpm and screaming out loudly at 92 decibels. The improved engine pumps out 526hp at a rather high (again, for muscle standards) 7500rpm and is mated to a 6-speed manual powering the rear wheels in typical muscle car fashion.
The interior is subtle as Ford kept it all black with little contrast keeping everything nice and stealthy. Coming in two flavors the 2016 Mustang Shelby GT350 and GT350R; the GT350 comes with auto climate control, navigation, and heated and cooled seats as optional whereas the R come with these as standard along with few changes in dashboard switchgear and did away with the fairly cramped rear seats. Weirdly, the radio, AC, and backup camera can be ‘added back’ as part of an optional electronics package.
Power delivery for the 2016 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 is smooth this is due to the flat plane crank design of the engine. With that in mind, it still delivers peak torque at a muscle car-respectable 4750 rpm and will still do quarter mile attacks at 12.5sec. The new magnetic suspension works like magic keeping the ride very dynamic and responsive. Step on the brakes and the exotic custom brakes slow down the 3796lb car to chew up corners.