2016 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 Specs and Review

2016 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 has been confirmed to go on sale in 2015 as 2016 model year, first production unit will be auctioned at Barrett-Jackson in Scottsdale, Arizona. The Shelby GT350 was first introduced back in 1965 by Carroll Shelby. It became the first high-performance variant of the Mustang model and the tradition continues up until now. The new Shelby GT350 promises aggressive design along with more powerful engine.

2016 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350

Exterior

Visually, this is one of the angriest pony cars ever created, let alone meanest looking Mustang. Ford has turned everything up to 11 on the visual front for this new car. From the A-pillar forward, the car is completely different from a base mustang in every way aside from the headlamps. The whole nose has been shrunk in every direction to reduce aerodynamic drag. The result is a body that looks to be stretched over the engine bay. There are parts of this new lower hood assembly that sit as much as two inches lower than a base GT.

Along with its smaller size the nose has a full assortment of aero upgrades, a new splitter, and every opening to funnel air into the car has gotten larger. Inside the grille you will see to angled ducts to help funnel the air more properly, the fog lights are gone and replaced with cooling for the brakes, and the nose badge has been replaced with an offset Shelby badge. Even the hood gets an upgrade with a huge vent. Every piece of the car has been upgraded purely to increase airflow and aerodynamic efficiency. Ford even included a ducted belly pan.

2016 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 in Motion

Interior

Like everything else about GT350, the interior has been optimized for driving, beginning with the specially designed Recaro sport seats with a unique cloth. Hundreds of hours and many prototypes went into a seat that is both comfortable in daily driving and capable on the track. A flat-bottom steering wheel makes it easier for the driver to get in and out, and is more ergonomic on the racetrack. Gauges are upgraded to reflect the enormous performance capability of the car. Chrome and bright finishes have been reduced or eliminated to prevent sun glare that may distract the driver.

The advanced technology inherent to Mustang has been deployed for duty in the Shelby GT350. An all-new integrated driver control system allows selection of five unique modes that tailor ABS, stability control, traction control, steering effort, throttle mapping, MagneRide tuning and exhaust settings, depending on driver preference, to achieve maximum performance. Drivers are invited to test them all. Drivers interested in comfort, convenience and entertainment upgrades may select the Tech Pack, which includes power, leather-trimmed seats; Shaker Audio; 8-inch MyFord Touch® LCD touch screen; and dual zone electronic temperature control, to name a few features.

2016 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 Interior

Powertrain

The Shelby GT350 is powered by the first production V8 from Ford with a flat-plane crankshaft, a design typically reserved for racing applications and exotic European sports cars. The 5.2-liter engine produces more than 500 horsepower and a torque peak of more than 400 lb-ft (542 Nm), making it the most powerful naturally aspirated Ford production engine ever. The engine is mated to a six-speed manual gearbox.

The car features a standard Ford-tuned Torsen limited-slip differential designed to optimize cornering grip and straight-line traction and rides on extra-stiff 19-inch aluminum-alloy wheels shod in Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires. The GT350 also features a re-tuned suspension that features MagneRide, Ford’s first-ever application of continuously controlled MagneRide dampers.

For equally huge stopping power, the GT350 gets massive Brembo brakes all around, with fixed six-piston calipers up front and four-piston in the back. You’ll find staggered 19-inch alloy wheels filing the wheel wells and they’re wrapped in Michelin Super Sport tires.

2016 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 Rear View

2016 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 Release Date and Price

The 2016 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 made its first debut at the last Los Angeles Auto Show, sales should commence this year as 2016 model year. According to some sources, the new Shelby GT350 will command a premium of $52,995, additional tech options require $2,995. We will update you with more informations as they become available.

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