2020 Ford Shelby GT350

What’s new

  • No significant changes for 2020
  • New Heritage Edition package reprises classic mid-1960s racing style
  • Part of the sixth Mustang generation introduced for 2015

Pros & Cons

  • A rare balance between on-road comfort and on-track performance
  • High level of handling precision
  • High-revving, powerful V8 sounds fantastic
  • Lackluster interior plastics carry over from standard Mustang
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2020 Ford Shelby GT350 Review

For years, the Mustang was locked in what seemed an endless rivalry against its natural competitor, the Chevrolet Camaro. Surely no one would ever compare a Ford to a BMW or a Porsche, right? But in 2015, Ford Motor Co. made sure we'd never look at a Mustang the same way again by debuting the latest GT350.

Propelled by a 5.2-liter V8 using an exotic flat-plane crankshaft, the GT350 howls its way to 529 horsepower at an eye-watering 8,250 rpm. Torque is similarly impressive at 429 lb-ft. But there's more to the GT350 than just its motor. Thanks to its MagneRide adaptive suspension, the car's balance of ride and handling capabilities is sublime, even when you're driving up to the car's considerable limits. Yet the Shelby is still a Mustang, and its practicality and affordability aren't diminished. Until we get our hands on the upcoming GT500, we think this Mustang is the best one ever built.

Of course, the Camaro is still an obvious alternative thanks to its potent ZL1 iteration. But the GT350's competitive set now reads like a who's who in performance cars, with the Porsche 718 Cayman S and the BMW M4 the closest in performance. You might even consider the all-new mid-engine Corvette or new Toyota Supra as options. In general, these coupes are a little nicer inside and won't recall lesser trim levels the way the GT350 can. But if you want maximum racetrack performance and fun at a reasonable price, this Shelby is a great way to go.

Edmunds’ Expert Rating
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Our verdict

8.2 / 10
The GT350 lives up to our heady expectations from front to back, be it in the sheet metal, the trick suspension or enthralling flat-plane crank V8. It combines a mix of usability, familiarity and stonking performance that very few other cars, and certainly no other Mustang, have ever possessed.

How does it drive?

9.0
Ford has every right to be proud of this car. It's well-rounded, well-mannered and yet well-equipped enough to handle most anything you want it do. In fact, we're hard-pressed to think of another car, especially at this price, that can do double duty as both a daily commuter and a weekend warrior. Only the dull shift lever is anything less than stellar.

And as impressive as its limits might be, it's how approachable and communicative the GT350 is that gives the most enjoyment. Well, other than the enthralling sound from the flat-plane crank V8, that is. From the motor to the handling to the sheer thrill of driving, it's arguably the best and most compelling Mustang ever built.

How comfortable is it?

9.0
Just as impressive as the 5.2-liter V8 is the GT350's comfort and level of refinement. Over a variety of road surfaces, the Shelby remains composed and predictable and gives the driver plenty of confidence. The car is well within its rights to be a lot worse and still get away with it.

Larger drivers may want to test the seats before rushing out to buy one — the Recaro seats are heavily bolstered and can feel a bit tight. The optional heated and cooled leather-trimmed seats are a bit more accommodating. As raucous as the exhaust can be in Sport mode, your neighbors will probably appreciate the quieter Normal setting.

How’s the interior?

7.5
Thankfully the GT350 didn't eschew too much of the standard Mustang's interior layout. Though some shortcomings remain, the reprofiled Recaros seats, straightforward instrumentation, and faux suede-accented steering wheel help keep the interior from getting in the way of a good time. You also don't have to be going fast to be comfortable, and the driving position works just as well in traffic as it does on a track.

There is an option to eliminate the rear seat entirely, which could be attractive to buyers looking to spend more time on track.

How’s the tech?

7.0
Multimedia and integrated technology were never the highest design priorities of the GT350, but the addition of Ford's Sync 3 system keeps the Shelby modern and familiar. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility further the system's flexibility. For buyers not wanting to sacrifice anything on the infotainment front, the Technology package includes a Bang & Olufsen sound system and voice-activated navigation. Blind-spot monitoring and cross-traffic alert are also a part of that package.

The GT350 also has a suite of track-inspired apps with features such as line lock, launch control, a lap timer, and extra sets of performance gauges. Stability control is very well-calibrated to the Shelby's performance and can be fully disabled.

How’s the storage?

7.0
No one's going to buy a GT350 based on its ability to carry lumber and Big Gulps, but the Shelby retains every bit of a standard Mustang's practicality. You might have to declutter to find room for your personal effects, but like a standard Mustang, the rear seats can double as storage for jackets and small bags. The usable trunk makes this car an everyday driver proposition.

How economical is it?

8.0
The EPA rates the GT350 at 16 mpg combined (14 city/21 highway). On our highway-heavy evaluation loop, the GT350 returned 21.4 mpg, which is similar to other non-GT350 Mustangs we've tested. That's fairly impressive. Spirited driving saw fuel economy dip near the single digits and that could be the norm for most drivers.

Is it a good value?

8.0
Any vehicle with this kind of performance envelope is not going to come cheap. And though the GT350 does leave a little room for improvement on the inside, it's hard to argue against its value. And that's before you put it up against similarly sized and capable sports cars such as the BMW M4 and Porsche Cayman S. The GT350 undercuts both by nearly $10,000. Of course, the GT350's build quality isn't quite to the standard of its German rivals. But if it's power and performance you're after, you're unlikely to notice.

Wildcard

10.0
Ford left nothing on the table with the GT350. While previous generations of Mustang have never aspired to be more than a foil for the Camaro, this GT350 has gone above and beyond with new, and frankly astonishing, levels of power and suspension refinement. Just as astonishing is how friendly the GT350 can be even when pushed to near its considerable limits. It's a car you will look for excuses to drive and use to take the longer, most scenic route at every opportunity and do so without much, if any, compromise.

Which Shelby GT350 does Edmunds recommend?

Unless you intend to make your Shelby GT350 a nearly track-only car, we'd pass on the GT350R and suggest the standard GT350 with two option packages. The first one is the Handling package that gives you an even more adjustable suspension as well as aerodynamic changes. The second is the Technology package that equips the Shelby with voice-activated navigation, an upgraded audio system (when you're not drowning in decibels from the high-revving V8), and blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert.

Ford Shelby GT350 models

The 2020 Ford Shelby GT350 is a high-performance version of the Mustang coupe. There are two trim levels: the base GT350 and the race-focused GT350R. Essentially, the GT350 is the track-day version of a Mustang and, as such, it has many performance features that you won't see on a standard rental Mustang.

Standard equipment for the base GT350 includes a 5.2-liter V8 (526 hp and 429 lb-ft of torque), a six-speed manual transmission, 19-inch wheels, adaptive suspension dampers, Brembo brakes, a Torsen rear differential (with 3.73 gearing), a front-suspension tower brace, three powertrain coolers (oil, differential and transmission), adjustable drive settings, xenon headlights, a rear spoiler and diffuser, and keyless ignition and entry.

Inside, you'll find manually adjustable Recaro front seats with simulated-suede inserts, an 8-inch center display, Track Apps performance telemetry, and a six-speaker sound system.

Opting for the Technology package equips the GT350 with a voice-activated navigation system, a premium Bang & Olufsen sound system, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, and heated side mirrors. If you check the box for the more comfortable leather sport seats, you'll also receive six-way power adjustability, heating and ventilation, and driver-seat memory functions. A Handling package comes with adjustable strut top mounts that expand the range of adjustability for the front suspension and a Gurney flap extension for the rear spoiler.

The GT350R gets most of the GT350's standard equipment, plus 19-inch carbon-fiber wheels (with special Michelin tires), revised suspension tuning, a front chin splitter, and a carbon-fiber rear wing. The Technology package is also available for the R.

For 2020, the limited-run Heritage Edition package offers the classic Wimbledon White paint with Guardsman Blue racing stripes that recall the 1965 GT350 racing model. Guardsman Blue front and rear badges and a unique dash badge complete the nostalgic nod. GT350R models will also come with all-black seats with red accent stitching.


Consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2020 Ford Shelby GT350.

5 star reviews: 67%
4 star reviews: 33%
3 star reviews: 0%
2 star reviews: 0%
1 star reviews: 0%
Average user rating: 4.7 stars based on 3 total reviews

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5 out of 5 stars, Love My Shelby
Steven L Roush,
2dr Coupe (5.2L 8cyl 6M)

2020 Shelby GT350 is an awesome car all around. I can get in and out of it easier than most large cars. It’s fun to drive , has great sound, and the Kona blue with white stripes is amazing to look at.

5 out of 5 stars, Better than the GT Premium
Doc Holliday ,
2dr Coupe (5.2L 8cyl 6M)

Having a GT Premium convertible before buying the GT350 I can say, though the convertible was a bit more plush and comfortable and I could drop the top on a nice day, so what! After driving the GT350 none of that mattered. It is a whole different experience. The sound, the handling, that perfect shifter, it is all worth the extra money.

4 out of 5 stars, 2020 Shelby Gt350 vs 2014 Roush stg 3
jim,
2dr Coupe (5.2L 8cyl 6M)

The 2020 Shelby is a beautiful,fine auto but the attention to detail is not good as the R, wish i hade a 2020 Roush stage 2 to compare it to, but I bought Shelby based on on its reputation and i am not as impressed as i thought i would be. And power wise it is not fare to compare a stage 3 to a gt 350

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Features & Specs

2dr Coupe features & specs
2dr Coupe
5.2L 8cyl 6M
MSRP$59,140
MPG 14 city / 21 hwy
SeatingSeats 4
Transmission6-speed manual
Horsepower526 hp @ 7500 rpm
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R 2dr Coupe features & specs
R 2dr Coupe
5.2L 8cyl 6M
MSRP$72,135
MPG 14 city / 21 hwy
SeatingSeats 2
Transmission6-speed manual
Horsepower526 hp @ 7500 rpm
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Safety

Our experts’ favorite Shelby GT350 safety features:

SOS Post-Crash Alert System
Sounds the horn and flashes the emergency indicators in the event of a crash, alerting emergency workers of your location.
Rearview Camera
Helps you navigate into tight parking spots and avoid a collision when backing out of a spot in a crowded parking lot.
Ford MyKey
Allows the owner to set secondary-driver parameters and limits for teen and valet drivers.

Ford Shelby GT350 vs. the competition

Ford Shelby GT350 vs. Chevrolet Corvette

The Grand Sport is the purest expression of the C7-generation Corvette. Though it makes less power than the GT350, it has more torque and can dominate on a racetrack. Thanks to the rear seats, everyday usability goes to the Shelby. The all-new mid-engine Corvette will have higher performance for a similar price.

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Ford Shelby GT350 vs. Chevrolet Camaro

The GT350 and the Camaro ZL1 are archenemies and share many of the same types of upgrades to the suspension, powertrain and brakes for better performance on the track. The main difference is the way they go about generating power: The GT350 has its high-revving V8, while the Camaro goes the more familiar route with a brutish supercharged V8.

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Ford Shelby GT350 vs. BMW M4

A Mustang compared to a BMW? In the past, this matchup would be unthinkable, but the Shelby can easily hold its own against the M4. It has more power and, more important for the track, wider tires to allow the power to get to the ground. In the BMW's favor is a quick-shifting dual-clutch automatic, more infotainment technology and a nicer interior.

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FAQ

Is the Ford Shelby GT350 a good car?

The Edmunds experts tested the 2020 Shelby GT350 both on the road and at the track, giving it a 8.2 out of 10. You probably care about Ford Shelby GT350 fuel economy, so it's important to know that the Shelby GT350 gets an EPA-estimated 16 mpg. What about cargo capacity? When you're thinking about carrying stuff in your new car, keep in mind that the Shelby GT350 has 13.5 cubic feet of trunk space. And then there's safety and reliability. Edmunds has all the latest NHTSA and IIHS crash-test scores, plus industry-leading expert and consumer reviews to help you understand what it's like to own and maintain a Ford Shelby GT350. Learn more

What's new in the 2020 Ford Shelby GT350?

According to Edmunds’ car experts, here’s what’s new for the 2020 Ford Shelby GT350:

  • No significant changes for 2020
  • New Heritage Edition package reprises classic mid-1960s racing style
  • Part of the sixth Mustang generation introduced for 2015
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Is the Ford Shelby GT350 reliable?

To determine whether the Ford Shelby GT350 is reliable, read Edmunds' authentic consumer reviews, which come from real owners and reveal what it's like to live with the Shelby GT350. Look for specific complaints that keep popping up in the reviews, and be sure to compare the Shelby GT350's average consumer rating to that of competing vehicles. Learn more

Is the 2020 Ford Shelby GT350 a good car?

There's a lot to consider if you're wondering whether the 2020 Ford Shelby GT350 is a good car. Edmunds' expert testing team reviewed the 2020 Shelby GT350 and gave it a 8.2 out of 10. Safety scores, fuel economy, cargo capacity and feature availability should all be factors in determining whether the 2020 Shelby GT350 is a good car for you. Learn more

How much should I pay for a 2020 Ford Shelby GT350?

The least-expensive 2020 Ford Shelby GT350 is the 2020 Ford Shelby GT350 2dr Coupe (5.2L 8cyl 6M). Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $59,140.

Other versions include:

  • 2dr Coupe (5.2L 8cyl 6M) which starts at $59,140
  • R 2dr Coupe (5.2L 8cyl 6M) which starts at $72,135
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What are the different models of Ford Shelby GT350?

If you're interested in the Ford Shelby GT350, the next question is, which Shelby GT350 model is right for you? Shelby GT350 variants include 2dr Coupe (5.2L 8cyl 6M), and R 2dr Coupe (5.2L 8cyl 6M). For a full list of Shelby GT350 models, check out Edmunds’ Features & Specs page. Learn more

More about the 2020 Ford Shelby GT350

2020 Ford Shelby GT350 Overview

The 2020 Ford Shelby GT350 is offered in the following submodels: Shelby GT350 Coupe. Available styles include 2dr Coupe (5.2L 8cyl 6M), and R 2dr Coupe (5.2L 8cyl 6M).

What do people think of the 2020 Ford Shelby GT350?

Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2020 Ford Shelby GT350 and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2020 Shelby GT350 4.7 on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2020 Shelby GT350.

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Our Review Process

This review was written by a member of Edmunds' editorial team of expert car reviewers. Our team drives every car you can buy. We put the vehicles through rigorous testing, evaluating how they drive and comparing them in detail to their competitors.

We're also regular people like you, so we pay attention to all the different ways people use their cars every day. We want to know if there's enough room for our families and our weekend gear and whether or not our favorite drink fits in the cupholder. Our editors want to help you make the best decision on a car that fits your life.

What's a good price for a New 2020 Ford Shelby GT350?

2020 Ford Shelby GT350 2dr Coupe (5.2L 8cyl 6M)

The 2020 Ford Shelby GT350 2dr Coupe (5.2L 8cyl 6M) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $63,325. The average price paid for a new 2020 Ford Shelby GT350 2dr Coupe (5.2L 8cyl 6M) is trending $381 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $381 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $62,944.

The average savings for the 2020 Ford Shelby GT350 2dr Coupe (5.2L 8cyl 6M) is 0.6% below the MSRP.

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