The Shelby Mustang is a high performance variant of the Ford Mustang which was built by Shelby from 1965 to 1968, and from 1969 to 1970 by Ford. Following the introduction of the fifth generation Ford Mustang in 2005, the Shelby nameplate was revived for a new high-performance model, this time designed and built by Ford.
Shelby American launched the Shelby GT in 2015. It is a package available for the 2015 Ford Mustang GT, and is available in manual or automatic transmission.
Shelby American created the 2015 Shelby GT by infusing a more aggressive style with carbon fiber goodness: hood, rockers, splitters, spoiler and diffuser. Shelby GT also features cold air intakes, custom 20" WELD Venice wheels with super-sticky Michelin tires, Ford Performance supercharger, Wilwood brakes, adjustable rear control arms, dash-mounted 3-gauge pod for track boost, fuel & oil pressure, race seats, roll cage, and harness.
For 2016, the GT350 has a 5.2 L flat plane crank V8 engine, known as Voodoo, with 526 horsepower and 429 foot pounds of torque. The GT350 is more track focused than the GT500, and was benchmarked against the Camaro Z28, Porsche GT3, and BMW M4. Notable features are track-focused chassis tuning, significant aerodynamic changes to include lowering the hood around the engine, two piece Brembo brakes, MagneRide damping option, light weight Tremec six speed manual transmission, Recaro seats, and various lightening efforts - specifically, a carbon fiber reinforced polymer radiator support that directs cooling channels for various components.
At the 2015 North American International Auto Show, a more refined, hardcore and limited production version of the GT350 was unveiled called the GT350R, it still has the GT350's 5.2-liter flat-plane crank V8, pushing at least 526 hp and 429 lb.-ft. of torque, but items like the air conditioning, the stereo, the trunk floorboard, all the carpeting, the rear seats, the backup camera and the spare tire have been removed. This means the GT350R is 130 lbs. lighter than the GT350. A larger splitter and rear wing help improve downforce, with the wing drawing the car's weight balance more rearwards. A Torsen limited-slip differential with a 3:73 axle ratio helps handling further. Serial #001 was sold at the 2015 Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Auction for $1,000,000 with the proceeds to benefit the JDRF.
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