From the moment we first learned about the new Mustang, there’s been much speculation about what Ford would bring to the table when it came to the specialty versions of the car. With the debut of the new Shelby GT350 at the Los Angeles Auto Show this week, the wait has come to an end.
As the lineage behind its name suggests, the GT350 is designed to be an extremely focused Mustang for the track rather than a boulevard bruiser like Dodge’s Hellcat Challenger. And as we can now see, Ford has done a lot more than just add a few go-fast bits to a standard Mustang GT.
Power on the GT350 comes from a naturally aspirated 5.2-liter V8 which uses a flat-plane crankshaft for more power and quicker response. Output hasn’t been finalized, but Ford is saying horsepower will top 500, making this the most powerful naturally aspirated engine the company has ever built.
Along with its exotic powerplant, the GT350 has also been designed to take full advantage of the Mustang’s new platform. The chassis has been stiffened up, the ride height has been lowered, and MagneRide adjustable dampers feature. In proper track car fashion, the 19-inch wheels are shod with grippy Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires and braking is handled by 6-piston and 4-piston Brembos in the front and rear respectively.
The cockpit of the GT350 includes unique Recaro seats, a flat-bottom steering wheel and upgraded gauges. There’s also a driver control interface that allows adjustment of the suspension, brakes, steering, throttle and more.
All of that is rounded off by a thoroughly tweaked exterior that includes brand new bodywork from the windshield forward. Other goodies include a functional rear diffuser and a ducted belly pan.
Ford hasn’t published any pricing or release date information yet, but initial impressions say this thing will be a more than worthy successor to the legendary Shelby GT350 of the 1960s.
We want to drive it oh so badly!