2015-'16 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 Priced at $49,995 | Edmunds

2015-'16 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 Priced at $49,995

DEARBORN, Michigan — Prices for the 2015-'16 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 will start at $49,995, and the higher-performance GT350R will start at $65,620, both with an $825 destination fee and $1,300 gas-guzzler tax included.

The prices were leaked Monday on the Mustang6g Web site.

Referring to the leaked price guide, Ford spokesman Brian Cotter told Edmunds: "While we have not announced pricing, what you are reading is accurate."

Ford will build a small number of 2015 models to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the 1965 Shelby GT350 Mustang.

The price guide also reveals few available options. Buyers of both models can choose a black painted roof for $695, a racing stripe for $475, Triple Yellow tri-coat paint priced at $495 and a custom car cover for $375.

For the GT350, a Technology package will be available ($7,500) and a Track package ($6,500). The GT350R can be ordered with an Electronics package for an additional $3,000.

The limited-edition GT350, positioned above the Mustang GT, comes with a 5.2-liter naturally aspirated V8 engine that's unique to this model. It puts out more than 500 horsepower and better than 400 pound-feet of torque and is mated to a six-speed manual transmission.

In addition to the power increase, the GT350 also boasts chassis upgrades, including strut-tower bracing, reduced ride height, re-tuned springs and Ford's first use of magnetically adjustable shock absorbers. A limited-slip differential is standard.

The high-performance brake package includes larger cross-drilled rotors and Brembo calipers, while the car rolls on unique 19-inch aluminum wheels with Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires.

The track-oriented GT350R, which will be produced in even more limited numbers than its stablemate, adds a standard engine-oil cooler and rear differential cooler and weighs 130 pounds less than a standard GT350 with the Track package.

It also gets revised springs, unique alignment settings, new ball joints and re-calibrated magnetic shocks. A set of 19-inch carbon-fiber wheels comes standard, with ultra-sticky Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires that were designed especially for the GT350R.

Ford says both models will be available at dealerships later this year.

Competitors to the 2016 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 include the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 and the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat, while the GT350R competes against the  Chevrolet Camaro Z/28.

Edmunds says: Since there is sure to be high demand for these limited-edition pony cars, interested shoppers should contact their Ford dealer sooner rather than later.

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