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2016 Ford Shelby GT350, GT350R Named To Car And Driver’s 10Best List

If there’s one automotive “hot list” out there you can trust, it’s Car and Driver magazine’s annual “10Best.” Each year, the editors gather together every significantly-revamped car – along with each defending champ from the previous year’s list – and spend a full week driving, taking notes, bickering and arguing until they’ve produced a collection of the ten most pleasurable driver’s cars under a given dollar amount.

This year – much to the surprise of no one, we’re sure – the 2016 Ford Shelby GT350 and GT350R made the list.

Being fundamentally the same car, the Shelby GT350 and GT350R share a spot in the lineup. At the heart of how and why the hot new Mustang garnered the loving affection of the staff was the lauded flat-plane crankshaft. The engine, writes Ezra Dyer, “speaks to wide-band, high-rpm horsepower. This so-called Voodoo engine is built for a track, and not the kind with a Christmas tree and a burnout box.”

Meanwhile, Editor-in-Chief Eddie Alterman remarked that the Shelby GT350 “makes sweet, vigorous love to the road.”

The flat-plane crankshaft is far from the only character-building attribute of the 5.2-liter “Voodoo” engine, of course; Mr. Dyer gets around to mentioning things like the largest-possible 94-mm bore, the hollow intake and sodium-filled exhaust valves, and of course, the 8,250 rpm redline. All of this contributes to the stratospherically-capable, immensely-enjoyable, ferocious, beating heart of the 2016 Ford Shelby GT350 Mustang, exhibiting a level of passionate exuberance and attention-to-detail previously unseen on a car in the $50,000 price range.

It’s more the heart of a lion than that of your typical Mustang.

Aaron Brzozowski is a writer and motoring enthusiast from Detroit with an affinity for '80s German steel. He is not active on the Twitter these days, but you may send him a courier pigeon.

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