The Ford Mustang GT350 and GT350R are the most powerful versions available of the Ford Mustang 2015 . They have an atmospheric V8 engine of 5.2 liters of displacement with 533 CV that is able to turn to a very high regime.
They are only available with coupe bodywork (the convertible is reserved for the Mustang of less power), the change of gears is manual and the traction is in the rear wheels. They are not marketed in Spain and are not expected to arrive later. In the US its price is 56 100 and 63 600 dollars respectively.
Both share not only the engine, the gearbox or the rear differential . Also chassis and suspension. They are, therefore, very technically similar, the most significant difference being the greater lightness of the \’R\’. To achieve this, Ford has removed the rear seats , many equipment elements and has put on carbon fiber rims. Visually, the most significant difference of the Mustang Shelby GT350R is that it carries a rear spoiler of great size and made with carbon fiber.
I drove the Ford Mustang Shelby GT350R in circuit. My impression is that it is a clearly more sporting-oriented model than any other Mustang. Note that Ford has made profound changes to be effective, fast and a little more agile. Semislick type tires are exclusive and contribute to very high adhesion.
I really liked the delivery of power and sound of its engine, its capacity of traction, the change of gears or the braking. This car has some similarity to the powerful coupes of a few years ago. It looks as much by mechanical arrangement (front engine, rear-wheel drive and manual transmission) as by what it transmits. The power delivery of its atmospheric engine has nothing to do with the turbocharged engine of, for example, a BMW M4 . Neither does it look like this because electronic aids to driving do not intervene as much or so clearly.
It seems that the connection with the asphalt is little filtered. The slippage of the rear is clear (if the driver provokes them, something easy on the other hand), the contact of the wheels with the floor, the high and sharp sound of the exhaust, The vibrations of the engine and the hardening of the gearshift when engaging each ratio. All this makes the driver live great sensations behind the wheel; Although that is, according to our measurements, straight is not particularly fast for its power.
The Ford Mustang Shelby GT350R is for those who do not mind giving a few tenths per lap on a circuit and do not need the latest technology or the highest quality finish. If you are looking for a perfect sport (or almost), a Porsche 911 Turbo is better buy, although its price exceeds several times the Ford. Perhaps an Audi R8 is also objectively better , although some find it uninviting, too “easy” to carry. In my view, a Mercedes-AMG GT is worse than the Mustang if the goal is to enjoy the wheel: it is less predictable and gives less confidence, although I do not argue that it can be faster. The Mustang does not have much to do with a BMW M6, which is much more luxurious, As is the case with a Mercedes-Benz AMG C 63 S Coupé . Currently, in the Spanish market there are no cars with a similar approach to this Mustang.