MotorWeek yesterday published a track test of the 2016 Ford Shelby GT350R Mustang, with nothing but the usual praise for its unique, flat-plane crank V8, its planted, confident handling through the bends, and its memorable exhaust note.
The Shelby GT350R is distinguished from the “base” GT350 by a standard MagneRide suspension, carbon fiber wheels, more aggressive aerodynamic pieces, and a weight savings of 105 pounds due to a rear seat delete, exhaust resonator delete, and the removal of the trunk sound-deadening material. Its 3,655 pound curb weight is just 50 pounds less than a Ford Mustang GT fastback, but its 5.2-liter flat-plane crank Voodoo V8 is the most powerful normally-aspirated engine Ford has ever made (526HP, 429 lb-ft).
According to MotorWeek, that’s enough for a 4.0-second 0 to 60 mph time, and a 12.3-second quarter-mile at 119 mph. While some reviewers have bemoaned that the Voodoo engine lacks for torque at the lower end of the RPM range, MotorWeek’s review mentioned no such shortcoming. The television series gave the new Shelby GT350R its coveted 2016 Drivers’ Choice Award in the category of “Best Performance Car.”
Be sure to check out the full track test of the 2016 Ford Shelby GT350R Mustang above.