It didn’t take long for Shelby to start kicking out their performance editions of the new, sixth generation Mustang. 2016 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350R is currently the most expensive way to get yourself one, but it is also the most rewarding way at the same time.
GT350R has been built for the track, but it is more than street-legal which is a concept which combines the most essential features from both worlds; if not the best.
The Engine range
Outfitted with flat-crank 5.2L normally aspirated V-8 engine, 2016 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350R is capable of delivering 526 hp and 429 lb-ft of torque. At the same time, all that power goes to the rear axle via 6-speed TREMEC manual gearbox which is both quick and smooth. Unlike the basic GT350 which features the same specs on the paper, R version of Shelby’s strongest pony car gets track-oriented programming, together with revised spring rates, anti-roll bars and number of other performance tweaks. All in all, Shelby Mustang GT350R is specially designed for the tracks where it showcases the maximum of its abilities.
|Type||5.2-liter dual-overhead-cam V-8 engine|
|Horsepower||> 500 HP|
|Peak Torque||> 400 LB-FT|
|0-60 time||3.5 sec.|
|Max Speed||190 mph|
More aggressive design – Inside and Outside look
Compared to its sibling without the R letter, 2016 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350R offers a lower stance. Apart from being lower to the ground, it also gets the carbon fiber rear wing. However, this isn’t the only part of the car where it saves on weight. Otherwise, GT350R exhibits all the unique hallmark Shelby details which every single car from that performance house had exhibited over the years, including the serpent decal and recognizable all-over stripes. It also gets heavier bumpers and much more pronounced aero kit.
Large 19-inch 7-spoke black carbon fiber wheels and six-piston Brembo brake calipers just below them are also standard with the R package. There’s a large wing carbon fiber spoiler at the rear decklid too, but that’s entirely optional. Still, with all these changes, Shelby GT350R is a Mustang and you can’t go wrong with that.
It is the inside of the Shelby which is equally interesting and inspiring as the car’s exterior. Recaro sporty seats are entirely covered in suede leather and finished with the R embroidery. Dashboard itself is also sporty, and mostly carried over from the regular lineup. However, Shelby elements still manage to make it unique. Large touch screen display is there as well, and so is serpent upon the three-spoke Alcantara-bound steering wheel. Feature list is slightly different compared to that of conventional models. Shelby’s generally try to save on weight, and R models put special emphasis on this.
That’s why they have to discard some of the features which are otherwise standard. It all goes to the extent that most of advanced features like SYNC 3 infotainment system, Sirius XM satellite radio and even audio system with 7 speakers and CD player are all optional.
2016 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350R Price & MPG
Surprisingly enough, 2016 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350R is more efficient than its sibling without the R package, but that’s what weight savings do to fuel economy. Differences, however, are minimal, and while GT350 manages 14/21 mpg, R model beats it with 15/21 mpg. It beats it with its price tag as well, but this time negatively. 2016 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350R costs at least $61,295, and as already seen, that sticker can grow to become much larger thanks to the number of optional features and equipment.
The biggest rival is Chevrolet Camaro Z/28.
2016 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350R represents the final limit for the new generation of Shelby’s – at least for now. Track-oriented pony car features the largest naturally aspirated V-8 engine that Ford has built so far, and it gets plenty of other high-tech performance upgrades as well. Add to that unique design and interior package, and you’ll see why it costs as much as it does.