2015 Detroit Auto Show: 2016 Ford Mustang GT350R (FAQ) | Edmunds

2015 Detroit Auto Show: 2016 Ford Mustang GT350R (FAQ)

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What Is It?
2016 Ford Mustang GT350R

What's New About This Model?
The 2016 Ford Mustang GT350R is a purpose-built track car with suspension and chassis upgrades designed to deliver maximum performance without regard to street-worthiness.

When Does It Go on Sale?
Ford says the Mustang GT350R will be available later this year.

How Much Does It Cost?
No official pricing has been revealed. Given that this Mustang is designed as an upgrade to the already high-powered GT350, expect it to land in the $70-$80K range.

What Kind of Engines and Transmissions Does It Have?

  • 5.2-liter V8: more than 500 horsepower and 400 pound-feet of torque
  • Six-speed manual transmission

What's Unique About the 350R?
Everything that didn't make this Mustang go faster was jettisoned. There are no rear seats, no air-conditioning, no carpet and no radio.

After those parts were gone, Ford's engineers went to work on the chassis and suspension. The 350R gets revised springs, unique alignment settings, new ball joints and retuned Magneride dampers. A set of 19-inch carbon-fiber wheels, an industry first, also comes standard. The tires are ultra-sticky Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2s that were uniquely designed for the 350R. All together, the GT350R is about 130 pounds lighter than a standard GT350 with the Track pack.

Other notable additions include an engine-oil cooler and a rear differential oil cooler.

What Models Will It Compete Against?
Chevrolet Camaro Z/28: This car is the reason the 350R exists. Like the Mustang, this Camaro has been stripped of anything that's not track-worthy, while the suspension has been upgraded with enough parts to make it just short of a pure racecar.

Should You Wait for It?

This is the ultimate Mustang track car, and quite possibly the ultimate American track car. If that's what you've been waiting for, then by all means, wait until the fall. Then again, the Camaro Z/28 is pretty quick, too.

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