Carroll Shelby’s Legacy Lives on With All-New GT350

By Admin | Posted in Ford Mustang on Thursday, November 20th, 2014 at 2:48 pm

2016 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 Pricing and Release

The legacy of the late Carroll Shelby lives on. For the 2016 model year, Ford has restored the legendary nameplate, and although there are a great deal of parts that serve as an homage to the original Shelby GT350 released back in 1965, it features an all-new design and a performance skillset that is undoubtedly impressive. Unfortunately, as the performance-tuned pony car was just unveiled, we still don’t know much about the 2016 Ford Mustang GT350 pricing and release, however, we do know what it will be capable of.

2016-ford-mustang-shelby-gt350-pricing-release-date-all-new-design-interiorWe’ll get right to the good stuff. Beneath the hood of the GT350 is the most powerful, naturally aspirated Ford production engine ever. It gives the pony a level of world-class performance that is able to tackle the track with ease, but that is also street legal—well, barely. In the nose of the GT350 is a high-revving V8 that displaces a total of 5.2 liters. It uses engineering typically only found in racing applications or exotic European sports cars, so as you can guess, the amount of power that stems from the engine is astounding.

When firing on all eight cylinders, the Ford Mustang GT350 is able to shell out more than 500 horsepower and just over 400 lb-ft of twist, making it quick off the line. Adding to its track capabilities is the broad torque curve and the high-revving ability that we mentioned earlier. The features help to give each gear of the lightweight six-speed manual transmission an enormous amount of wiggle room, which translates to a smoother, and sportier feel. It also helps the iconic Shelby growl to emanate from all four exhaust tips in every gear.

As we told you a short while back here on the Matt Ford blog, the aerodynamics of the all-new 2015 Ford Mustang are better than they ever have been in the past, but for the GT350, they have been improved even further. The aluminum hood has been lowered and sloped to more tightly wrap the engine, and the shape of the exterior has been optimized for increased downforce and cooling airflow. In fact, all body work that sits in front of the windshield is unique to the high-performance Shelby GT350 variant.

Again, we have yet to hear what the pricing of the 2016 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 will be, but based on the price of past models, it’s likely to fall somewhere around $50,000. The release date of the GT350 is also up in the air at this point, but as it’s being labeled as a 2016 model, it’s likely that it won’t be arriving until a little later on in 2015. Many sources have said that it will go on sale in Fall of 2015, and as the 2015 Ford Mustang was made available this fall, that date is likely correct. For the official date, be sure to check back here on the Matt Ford blog, as we will be sure to give you an update as soon as the automaker makes more information available.

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