Ford Pulls the Cover Off the Hotly Anticipated 2016 Shelby Mustang GT350
By Jeff Youngs, November 19, 2014
For muscle car fans, these are very good days indeed: There's a Dodge Challenger boasting more than 700 horsepower, an all-new Chevy Camaro slated to arrive shortly, and, now, official details about the return of the iconic Shelby GT350. Due to go on sale during the latter half of 2015, the 2016 Shelby GT350 will be, according to Ford, "the most balanced, nimble, and exhilarating production Mustang yet."
That's a rather bold claim, but one that may prove accurate, thanks in part to what's under the hood. Described by the automaker as "the most powerful naturally aspirated Ford production engine ever" is a flat-plane crankshaft 5.2-liter V-8 producing power figures north of 500 horsepower and 400 lb.-ft. of torque (exact numbers will be announced later). Connecting output to the ground is the job of a 6-speed manual transmission, while a limited-slip differential works to maintain traction. Staggered 19-in. alloy wheels are standard and wrapped in GT350-specific Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires.
Supporting the powertrain is a track-ready braking system comprised of 394mm front rotors coupled with Brembo 6-piston calipers and 380mm rear rotors fitted with 4-piston calipers. In a first for Ford, the 2016 Shelby GT350 Mustang also utilizes a MagnaRide suspension system, as well as a widened front track and retuned springs that allow the car to sit 2 inches lower than a stock Mustang GT. A strut-tower brace is optional.
The transformation to a genuine Shelby involved more than swapping out mechanical components. Up front, the 2016 GT350 features a recontoured aluminum hood with an integrated scoop for improved aerodynamics and cooling, widened aluminum fenders with functional vents, and a redesigned splitter aimed at increasing downforce at high speeds. The rear of the car is host to a diffuser and spoiler. Inside, drivers who test the Shelby's handling capabilities will likely appreciate the inclusion of Recaro bucket seats, not to mention the availability of five selectable modes that dictate settings and responsiveness of the suspension, steering, throttle, electronic stability control, and even the quad-tip exhaust.
Pricing and exact specifications will be announced closer to the 2016 Shelby GT350 Mustang's on-sale date.
- 2016 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 Preview
- 2015 Ford Mustang Overview
- Ford Car, Truck & SUV Quality, Dependability & Performance Ratings
- 2015 Ford Cars Buyer's Guide