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2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350R Gets GT500-Inspired Upgrades


Here's what's new for the 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350R.

There’s a lot of hype surrounding the new 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 right now, but Ford doesn’t want you to forget about its GT350R sibling. For the 2020 model year, Ford the Shelby GT350R has received a host of upgrades carried over from the mighty GT500.

To enhance the handling and steering responsiveness, the 2020 Shelby GT350R features redesigned front suspension geometry with a redesigned high-trail steering knuckle borrowed from the all-new Shelby GT500. Further enhancing the steering precision is a new steering rack and recalibrated electric power steering control. "It’s always been our plan to take the latest innovations from the GT500 program and strategically apply them across the Mustang lineup,” said Ed Krenz, Ford Performance chief program engineer. "These latest updates to the GT350R keep its performance competitive and on the top of its game, whether that’s on the track or on the street.”

To save extra weight, the rear seat and exhaust resonators have been removed, with the latter also creating a sharper exhaust tone. Carbon fiber wheels, a larger front splitter and rear wing are also offered as standard. In addition, Ford is offering an available Technology Package with a 12-speaker B&O premium sound system, Blind Spot Information System with Cross-Traffic Alert, Cobra Puddle Lamps and voice-activated navigation.

Exterior elements that distinguish the GT350R from the regular GT350 include red-painted brake calipers, red pin striping at the edges of the optional over-the-top racing stripes and Shelby GT350R badging. Inside, the cabin is fitted with high-contrast red stitching, Shelby GT350R badging and a D-shaped steering wheel fitted with a red center mark at the top. Previous aerodynamic and chassis updates have also carried over.

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Retro-inspired Grabber Lime and Twister Orange exterior color options have been added as a homage to colors offered in the 1970s, in addition to new Iconic Silver and Red Hot Metallic finishes. FordPass Connect is also now offered as standard, allowing GT350 owners to locate their parked car, lock and unlock it, and check vehicle status, such as fuel, oil levels and maintenance alerts using their smartphone.

Ford hasn’t mentioned any engine upgrades, which means the 2020 Mustang Shelby GT350R is powered by a 5.2-liter V8 gasoline engine that sends 526 horsepower and 429 lb-ft of torque to the rear wheels through a six-speed manual transmission.