Thanks to a brilliant-sounding, high-revving flat-plane-crank V8, plus a bevy of other novel equipment like magnetorheological shocks and lightweight carbon-fiber wheels, the Ford Shelby GT350R Mustang can never quite be called “old hat.” Even today, more than a year after its North American launch, it’s being compared to some much-more-expensive track toys from the world over, including Germany.
In the video above from CNET’s Roadshow, the outlet tries the lauded Shelby GT350R against the Dodge Viper ACR and Porsche 911 GT3 RS, each of which costs several times more. On-hand to evaluate the three track-oriented machines are Roadshow Editor-In-Chief Tim Stevens, Editor Alex Goy, and Reviews Editor Emme Hall.
The Shelby GT350R, though substantially slower than the other two cars present, was praised by the Roadshow staff for its swiftness nonetheless. Its cornering ability, satisfying exhaust note, comfortable seating, and overall fun-to-drive all received compliments, as well, with Alex Goy even saying the engine “sounds like something out of Italy.” About the only attribute deemed sub-par was the steering, which the editors found a bit too vague.
Was all that enough to put the Shelby GT350R on top in this fierce competition between track-focused thoroughbreds? Watch the latest from Roadshow above to find out.