RE: Mustang Shelby GT350R upgraded for 2019

RE: Mustang Shelby GT350R upgraded for 2019

Monday 12th August

Mustang Shelby GT350R upgraded for 2019

GT500-spec steering and front suspension geometry sharpen up Shelby-tuned 533hp Mustang



The Shelby GT350R is the first Mustang to inherit performance-enhancing suspension and steering components from the range-topping GT500, which are said to make the 533hp two-door sharper on both road and track. The changes, some of which are also set to make their way down the line-up in the future, include new front suspension geometry and redesigned steering knuckles, as well as a faster steering rack and recalibrated electric power assistance to match.

Combined, the updates ought to give the 5.2-litre V8-powered GT350R a keener, more responsive chassis along with a boost in overall performance thanks to heightened mechanical grip. The changes should also help keep the GT350R fighting fit ahead of the launch of Porscheโ€™s 992-gen 911 GT3, which is due next year with some pretty aggressive aerodynamic features along with a flat-six 4.0-litre offering similar punch.


While Porscheโ€™s model is historically more expensive, the plucky โ€˜Stang has often given it a run for its money on circuit โ€“ and that status could be enhanced by some new weight reduction options offered with the enhanced GT350R. Ford can remove the rear seats and ditch the exhaust systemโ€™s resonators, lowering mass and, in the case of the latter, helping to make the eight-cylinder freer breathing โ€“ and racier in tone.

Even in standard trim, the GT350R - which revs to 8,250rpm and can sprint from 0-60mph in 3.9 seconds - comes with carbon fibre wheels, front splitter and rear wing. There are 394mm front discs and Brembo calipers, a differential cooling system and Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 boots, giving the GT350R a track-worthy setup from the get-go. Although the model is not officially sold in Britain, UK dealer Clive Sutton has a habit of getting even the most extreme โ€˜Stangs over the pond. Weโ€™re hitting Ctrl R on the line-up nowโ€ฆ




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RumbleOfThunder

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2,825 posts

147 months

ducnick

931 posts

187 months

Monday 12th August
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As a mustang gt owner I would say the gt350r is a great bargain at 60k gbp or maybe even 70k gbp. Just as my 5.0 gt is a bargain at 35k gbp. At 100k gbp it is let down by the obvious cost saving of its base model. For instance the interior is simply not fitting for a vehicle in this price range. Same goes for the build quality which reminds me of 90’s Hyundai quality with all the mid aligned panels and creaks from the interior. The much higher starting price of the base 911 affords it a better quality starting point for the performance models. In the U.K. if you want high performance and don’t care about the interior you could buy an ultima for the same money. To me that would be a better place for my 100k.

cuda

416 posts

184 months

Monday 12th August
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RumbleOfThunder said:
Clive Sutton's prices are ridiculous - they also have a Coyote engined, Apple play fitted '68 Fastback for £250k!!!

unsprung

3,285 posts

68 months

Monday 12th August
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I'm not really "a Ford guy" but the sixth-generation Mustang, and this particular Mustang, are truly impressive.

In its domestic market, the GT350 might be the most dramatic and capable performance car bargain available. Lightly used they can be had for the equivalent of less than £40,000.


unsprung

3,285 posts

68 months

Monday 12th August
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cuda said:
RumbleOfThunder said:
Clive Sutton's prices are ridiculous - they also have a Coyote engined, Apple play fitted '68 Fastback for £250k!!!
At that link, it says "...and is priced to sell!"

hehe

Love the exclamation mark there. Asking for six figures, for this car, is a bit of cheek.

Also, the description misspells the name of the Voodoo V8.


Leggy

861 posts

166 months

Monday 12th August
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Blimey the Shelby family are getting into all sorts these days. Just wouldn’t fancy complaining about the build quality.

Kubevoid

28 posts

Monday 12th August
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£100k, wrong hand drive, errr... ok then. I would say what a rip off. But then I think that remark is best left for GT3/2 these days. Ford... as you were.

arkenphel

401 posts

149 months

Tuesday 13th August
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Is it coming in RHD yet? Cos I would have this in a heartbeat

Kubevoid

28 posts

Tuesday 13th August
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Also bear in mind the 900bhp Turbo Mustang will be out soon.

Jhonno

3,607 posts

85 months

Tuesday 13th August
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All the yes on the GT350 and the R.. Suspect you would be better off importing your own one though than paying the above.

250k for an abused '68 also?! Nope.

aeropilot

18,422 posts

171 months

Tuesday 13th August
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unsprung said:
cuda said:
RumbleOfThunder said:
Clive Sutton's prices are ridiculous - they also have a Coyote engined, Apple play fitted '68 Fastback for £250k!!!
At that link, it says "...and is priced to sell!"

hehe

Love the exclamation mark there. Asking for six figures, for this car, is a bit of cheek.
Especially, as it would really need to be on a non-period current plate, not registered as a '68 car, as the only thing on that car from 1968 is likely to be the VIN plate!
The ad even mentions it was built using one of the new Ford licensed all-new body shells, and it will then loose the 5 points for chassis as being modded to accept all the new running gear and suspension mods, plus lost points for engine and transmission & steering.
Day dreaming about the price, given the possibility that DVLA might withhold the reg plate if it indeed has been 'retained' as a historic VED car instead of going through BIVA.


cib24

789 posts

97 months

Tuesday 13th August
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RumbleOfThunder said:
Shame the guys in the States can buy a regular GT350 one for under $65k.

AmosMoses

3,315 posts

109 months

Tuesday 13th August
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Yes please, sounds, looks and goes amazing.

ZX10R NIN

14,786 posts

69 months

Tuesday 13th August
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I am saving up for one at the moment the 2019 upgrades sound good but a 2017 will suit me just fine.