The third, and arguably hottest, Ford debut at this year’s Detroit Motor Show, along with the new Ford GT and Raptor truck, was the Shelby GT350R Mustang, Based on the Mustang GT, the Shelby is designed with track work in mind and therefore features many high-performance elements.
The engine powering the Shelby GT350R Mustang is a heavily revised version of the GT’s engine with 5.2 liter capacity, a race car-inspired flat-plane crankshaft, and air-to-oil engine oil cooler. It develops more than 500 horsepower and more than 400 lb.-ft. of torque, delivered to the rear wheels via a six-speed manual gearbox and a limited-slip Torsen differential with 3.73 axle ratio.
The aggressive engine in the Shelby GT350R Mustang is combined with aggressive aerodynamics in form of a handsome body kit. It consists of R-design elements including carbon fiber wheels, larger front splitter and rear wing, garnished with 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 you will find D-shaped steering wheel fitted with a red center mark at the top as the main highlights.
Being a track toy, the GT350R does not benefit from many creature comforts. In fact, compared to the standard Mustang GT, the Shelby LACKS air conditioning, the stereo system, rear seats, trunk floorboard and carpet, backup camera and emergency tire sealer and inflator. If you pay more though, Ford will put back in dual-zone air conditioning, 8-inch touch screen with navigation, seven-speaker audio system, turn signal mirrors and more.