The American muscle car is getting more interesting every day. Recently, we talked about the new Chevrolet Camaro, which features an entirely new set of specs and technologies. It wants to lead this heavy-metal race to become the ultimate muscle car in production. But the competition is fierce and ruthless.
The new 2016 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 is the track-focused version of the already renewed, epic Mustang. It packs a huge engine that throws impressive numbers. The GT350 doesn’t’ have 700 hp like the Dodge Challenger Hellcat, but that means nothing. Let’s review some of the main features of this new Shelby specimen.
Track-Focused Mechanics for an Entirely New Shelby
The new pony packs a DOHC 32-valve 5.2 L V8 with a critically-acclaimed flat-plane crank. This powerful engine produces 526 hp at 7500 rpm. Regarding torque, the 2016 GT350 generates 426 lb-ft at 4750 rpm. It comes with a 6-sepped manual transmission with Torsen limited slip differential.
According to the maker, the 2016 GT350 has a curb weight between 3700 and 3800 lb (1678 and 1723 kg). Thanks to this weight and its monstrous, cutting-edge engine, this Mustang Shelby goes from standstill to 60 mph (100 km/h) in just 3.7 seconds. It achieves a top speed of 180 mph (289 km/h). A lot of muscles involved here.
Beside its brute, pure-muscle attitude, handling it’s important. The 2016 GT350 feature an independent rear suspension and Magnetic suspension technology available. Also, it has the Ford most advanced and tough brakes, totally track-approved. This way, the 2016 GT350 tries to become ultimate budget-friendly track beast. This specs put the bar higher for mid-entry cars that aren’t investing a lot in luxury and some more in performance.
The 2016 GT350 is different. No one can deny it. The face of the Mustang has changed to improve. All the changes, however, has an aerodynamic and ventilation reason behind. It’s aggressive and angry design with bold edges is extremely efficient on the track.
The redesigned front now greatly reduce aerodynamic drag in a more decisive way. Now, you will not find the legendary pony logo on the grill or on the hood. Instead, there is going to be a Shelby distinctive plate. The fog lights were eliminated in order to create bigger, better air intakes for brakes cooling. Hitting the ground, there are 19-inch alloy wheels with Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires.
As its main rival in the last year, the 2016 Chevrolet Camaro, the 2016 GT350 reduced notably its size, as a product of the performance-focused redesign.
The interior were slightly modified and it has certain harmony with the bold, aggressive exterior design. Seats have clearly racing-focused capacities to ensure maximum comfort to the drivers who want to spend several hours on the track. Naturally, more than one user will want to take advantage of the GT350 power.
One of the main features found inside the 2016 GT350’s cockpit is the Performance Shift Light Indicator, which is a visual tool that allows the driver to maintain the focus on the road and get notifications about the idea moment to make the shift. A series of dots will show in the windshield, above the steering wheel, indicating tempo. There are several modes available that show the shifting notifications differently, depending on the situation.
An extra tech package available to the GT350 grants leather seats, dual zone climate control, MyFord Touch LCD, upgraded audio stereo and other notable features.
The Bottom Line
This pure-muscle GT350 has an estimated price tag of US$48.695 with an optional pack of extra features, described above. You have to notice that it’s cheaper than its main rivals in the muscle car market, the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 and the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat.