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First Units of the Shelby GT350R Mustang Start to Arrive at US Dealerships

At long last, our prayers have been heard by the Ford Motor Company. Without further ado, the first units of the hardcore Shelby GT350R Mustang arrived at select dealerships in the United States, including the beautiful example in the attached photograph.
Shelby GT350R Mustang in showroom 1 photo
After we reported last week that Ford was keeping hundreds of GT350s in the parking lot of the Flat Rock assembly plant in Michigan, the Blue Oval promptly started applying the over-the-top stripes those Mustangs needed. As a brief reminder, GT350 and GT350R customers have been eagerly awaiting for delivery for the better part of the past half year.

Courtesy of Mustang6G forum member 65Stang, now we know that the wait is officially over. According to the admin of the site, at least 50 forum members ordered the GT350R over the GT350. This tells everything about the hype surrounding the GT350R.

The $61,295 GT350R is $13,500 more expensive than the GT350, but the R is a no-compromise vehicle with maximum track capability. Compared to the GT350 Mustang, the R boasts specially tuned suspension, revised spring rates and anti-roll bars, modified bushings and jounce bumpers, and unique alignment settings. Carbon fiber wheels shod in Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 rubber also come as standard on the GT350R.

Aside from carbon fiber wheels, a humongous front splitter, and the rear wing, other distinct design details include red brake calipers, red pin striping at the edges of the over-the-top stripes and GT350R badging. Compared to the Shelby GT350 with the Track Package, the GT350R is 136 lbs (61 kg) lighter.

Regarding the rear wing, its role is to move the GT350R’s center of pressure rearward while improving lift balance and downforce. But let’s be frank here, the most important thing about the R-ified GT350 is the screaming 5.2-liter dual overhead cam V8 and its flat-plane crankshaft. With 526 horsepower and 429 lb-ft (581 Nm) of torque, this bad boy isn’t just potent but the pinnacle of performance Mustangs of today.

 
 
 
 
 

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