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Prize Pony: Shelby GT350 Mustang Is A 2016 ‘Automobile All-Star’

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The all-new Shelby GT350 and GT350R Mustangs have been named to Automobile Magazine‘s 2016 “All-Star” list, one car in a short list of seven 2016 models that managed to captivate the editorial staff.

At the heart of the Shelby GT350’s success in drawing out Automobile‘s praise was, of course, the 526 horsepower “Voodoo” V8 engine. “The flat-plane V8 is a magnificent piece that makes all the right noises,” said Preston Lerner. The staff evaluated both the “base” Shelby GT350, and the hotter, more track-focused GT350R variant, both of which feature the same potent, high-revving 5.2-liter V8.

Overall, “the GT350R has a very ‘mean American’ feel but balances that with a very good chassis,” said Marc Noordeloos. “It’s a classic pony car but has excellent dynamics.”

The Shelby GT350 Mustang went on sale late last year, with a base price of just $49,995 ($63,495 for the GT350R variant). To be eligible for selection to Automobile‘s 2016 All-Star list, a car needed to be all-new, heavily revamped, or newly significant for 2016 and be available in the US in the 12 months preceding the test. The publication began with a field of 25 eligible vehicles.

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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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