The Ford Motor Co. announced the return of the legendary Mustang Shelby GT350 Monday. This is the performance lover’s dream come true, and this might be the ultimate test of American muscle.
Ford says the new GT350 transforms “a great every-day car into a dominant road racer.”
The 2015 Ford Mustang debuted in October 2014, totally transformed and redesigned from what we knew before. Driving enthusiasts behind the wheel of a Shelby GT350 can expect to be treated to most balanced, nimble and exhilarating production Mustang yet.
“When we started working on this car, we wanted to build the best possible Mustang for the places we most love to drive – challenging back roads with a variety of corners and elevation changes – and the track on weekends,” said Raj Nair, Ford group vice president, Global Product Development. “Every change we made to this car was driven by the functional requirements of a powerful, responsive powerplant – nimble, precise handling and massive stopping power.”
The new Mustang GT350 has a high-revving V8 engine under the hood, the first ever production engine from Ford with a flat-plane crankshaft. That’s traditionally only found in race cars or exotic European models.
The all-new V8 produces more than 500 horsepower with a torque peak above 400 lb-ft. New standard 19-inch aluminum wheels show off the massive brakes and calipers.
The 2015 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 debuted at the L.A. Auto Show. Cars.com blog kicking tires observed: “this new Shelby GT350 is just as much a racer as the old one, but the visual changes from the regular Mustang GT 5.0 are fairly subtle.”
The hood is made from aluminum, lowered and sloped, giving it more of a performance feel. The hood outlets act as heat extractors while reducing lift height. Aluminum front fenders accommodate the wider front track and wider wheel arches.
2015 is the 50th anniversary of the Mustang. The Shelby Ford GT350 Mustang is one of the most important performance model’s in the Mustang’s history. From it’s earliest days, it was Carol Shelby’s goal to take a performance model and beat the competition. He used that theory in making this model, so if you want the biggest, baddest Mustang on the block, ask us about the Mustang GT350.