All consideration could also be targeted on the shiny new 2020 GT500 Mustang, however the Shelby GT350R Mustang stays one among Ford’s trendy efficiency masterpieces. As a substitute of making an attempt to win Web reputation contests with essentially the most horsepower, the GT350R has a novel, extra hardcore character that units it aside from the present crop of muscle vehicles. It retains that character for 2020, and will get a couple of upgrades.
Adjustments to the GT350R are comparatively minor, however Ford claims they have been influenced by the GT500. Redesigned entrance suspension geometry and a high-trail steering knuckle are based mostly on classes realized from the GT500, based on Ford. Engineers additionally gave the GT350R a brand new steering rack with recalibrated electrical energy help.
As earlier than, the GT350R shares a 5.2-liter, naturally aspirated V8 with the bottom GT350. Code-named Voodoo, the V8 makes 526 horsepower and 429 pound-feet of torque. That will not sound spectacular alongside the 760-hp GT500, or essentially the most potent Chevrolet Camaro and Dodge Challenger choices, however this engine delivers its energy like no different American V8. It has a flat-plane crank, one thing usually seen on extra unique European engines. Meaning the Voodoo engine can rev extra freely than a conventional American V8. It’s additionally out there solely with a six-speed handbook transmission.
They might have the identical engine, however the GT350R is a step up from the bottom GT350. Or perhaps a step down, relying in your priorities. Some efficiency vehicles supply a steadiness between velocity and on a regular basis usability, however the GT350R is just not one among them. Ford throws out the rear seats, audio system, and exhaust resonators to avoid wasting weight (a B&O audio system, blind-spot monitoring, and navigation will be added as a part of an non-compulsory Know-how Bundle). The GT350R additionally comes normal with carbon fiber wheels, and a bigger entrance splitter and rear wing. In the event you’re severe about driving, the GT350R is the automotive for you.
Like all 2020 Mustang fashions, the GT350R comes normal with FordPass Join smartphone connectivity. That lets house owners find their parked automotive, lock/unlock it, and verify issues like gas and oil ranges from their smartphones.
The 2020 Ford Shelby GT350R Mustang ought to hit showrooms later this yr, with pricing to be introduced nearer to the launch date. Between the GT350R and GT500, Ford has two very totally different efficiency variations of the Mustang to tackle Chevy and Dodge.