One of the most iconic performance Mustang nameplates of all time, the all-new Shelby GT350R, is here, along with the GT350. The pony cars started rolling off the production line Thursday at Ford’s Flat Rock Assembly Plant. The very limited edition models will hit showrooms in the fall.
“This is a special day for all Mustang enthusiasts,” said Bill Ford, executive chairman, Ford Motor Company. “We have taken the GT350 formula to the next level of innovation, style and performance. Today the legend continues.”
Both Mustangs are powered by a 5.2-liter flat-plane crankshaft V-8 that delivers 526 horsepower and 429 pound-feet of torque. And yep, that’s Ford’s most powerful naturally aspirated production engine ever.
The GT350R is track-ready, but the street-legal performance car drops a number of amenities, like air conditioning, in the pursuit of reducing weight. Ford does offer an electronics package that does include some of those amenities.
“Fans of the Shelby brand are among the most passionate in the automotive industry,” said Henry Ford III, Ford Performance marketing manager. “To honor the passion of our fans for Shelby GT350’s 50th anniversary, a limited run of GT350 models will be built in 2015; these cars will be highly coveted by both Mustang and Shelby enthusiasts alike.”
By limited edition, we mean Ford will only build 100 2015 GT350s and build just 37 GT350Rs in Carroll Shelby’s memory.
The basic GT350 starts at $49,995 (including freight and gas-guzzler tax), confirming information that leaked early this year. The track-focused GT350R package commands $63,495.
Ford plans to up production for the 2016 model year.
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