Shelby GT350R Mustang Breaks Cover in Detroit: Most Track-Focused Mustang Ever

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Power comes from the most powerful naturally-aspirated V8 Ford has ever built.

Ford has taken the Detroit Motor Show by storm. Having unveiled the GT successor, and the all-new F150 Raptor, the Blue Oval has now introduced the Shelby GT350R Mustang. Arriving later this year, Ford says it's "the most track-ready road-going production Mustang ever built, delivering never-before-seen track capability from a Mustang."

Sporting innovative aerodynamics and chassis engineering, the Mustang wears an aero kit made up of a new hood vent, aggressive rear diffusor, wheel air curtains and vented wheel wells, an all-new carbon-fiber rear wing and a front splitter designed to maximize downforce. Other exterior mods include red brake calipers, red pin striping, GT350R badging and optional racing stripes. Power comes from the most powerful naturally-aspirated V8 Ford has ever built. Featuring a flat-plane crankshaft, the 5.2-liter unit is rated at over 500 hp and 400 lb-ft of torque, and comes mated to a six-speed manual and tuned limited-slip Torsen differential.

There's also an electronically modulated air-to-oil differential cooler to keep temp in check during hardcore track driving, while the exhaust resonators have been removed to ensure a "sharper exhaust note" as well as to keep weight down. 19-inch lightweight carbon-fiber alloys are a first for a major automaker, while a stripped-out interior gets rid of the air con, stereo, rear seats, trunk floorboard and carpet, backup camera and more, in order to keep weight down. In fact, the GT350R is 59 kg lighter than the GT350 Track Pack model. However, Ford offers some optional creature comforts such as an 8-inch touchscreen with satnav and seven-speed audio system.


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