After plenty of teasing, Ford has finally unveiled the new Mustang Shelby GT350 in all of glory. And even though I found the teasing to be a tad on the obnoxious side, it was well worth it after learning what this new performance variant of the Mustang is all about.
The go-fast bits include a naturally aspirated, 5.2-liter V-8 with a flat-plane crank that helps it deliver power more efficiently than the traditional 90-degree V-8. This allows the engine to pump out more that 500 horses and over 400 pound-feet of torque, which are both incredible numbers without the aid of forced induction. The ponies gallop through an unspecified transmission — likely a six-cog manual — back to a Ford-tuned Torsen limited-slip diff.
The GT350 sits on the already-stiff new-generation Mustang’s chassis, but with the addition of the standard, carbon-fiber composite grille opening, it’s front stiffness is enhanced. Buyers can further enhance stiffness via the optional front strut-tower brace.
Handling is cared for by a set of 19-inch aluminum wheels that measure 10.5 inches wide up front and 11 inches wide out back wrapped in specially formulated Michelin Pilot Super Sport rubber. Additionally, a set of continuously controlled MagneRide dampers keep the rubber on the road and help ease harshness. These magnetic dampers adjust every 10 milliseconds to changing conditions to deliver the best ride quality and the best handling possible.
The braking duties is the responsibility of a track-ready braking system, which includes two-piece, cross-drilled iron rotors mounted to aluminum hats. Up front, the discs measure 394 mm in diameter and are squeezed by Brembo six-piston Calipers, while the rears measure 380 mm and utilize four-piston calipers.
Lastly comes the massive aero work that the Shelby GT350 underwent to maximize downforce and minimize costly drag. The hood, which is an aluminum piece, is lower and better sloped than the standard Mustang for more efficient airflow. The front end features an aggressive front splitter that acts as a heat extractor and helps reduce front-end lift, and a vented hood for additional heat extraction. Around back is a diffuser and a slight lip spoiler to help increase downforce. Lastly, there is a ducted belly pan to help pull the car down toward the ground at higher speeds.
Inside the cabin are your typical features found on any track-ready, road-legal rig, including Recaro sports seats, a flat-bottom steering wheel, model-specific gauges and no blinding chrome trim. Also inside the cabin is an integrated driver control system, which allows the drive to dial in the ABS, stability control, traction control, steering stiffness, throttle mapping, MagneRide tuning and exhaust setting via five modes.
Unfortunately, Ford did not announce when it will arrive in dealers or what its MSRP will be. We’ll bring you those details as soon as Ford reveals them.