2018 Ford Shelby GT350
- Supreme grip and handling precision around turns
- High-revving, sonorous V8 gives the car serious racecar character
- Rides comfortably despite the focus on performance
- Base Sync system seems out of place and cheap in a high-end machine
- Cramped rear seat, assuming there's one to begin with
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Which Shelby GT350 does Edmunds recommend?
Edmunds' Expert Review
This is likely the only year you'll be able to argue that the Ford Shelby GT350 is inferior to the regular Mustang. While the standard Mustang that it's based on gets a significant update this year that includes new styling and features, the GT350 stays the same. Luckily for us, we like the Shelby GT350 just the way it is.
The GT350 is a muscle car for the track day-obsessed. Yes, it shares some looks and interior parts with the standard Mustang, but the key differences are hidden from view. Under the hood is a non-turbocharged 5.2-liter V8. It revs up to 8,200 rpm, punches out 526 horsepower, and even has a flat-plane crankshaft that lends a distinctive warble to the engine's sound. From there, the GT350 has a race-tuned adaptive suspension, high-performance brakes, and all sorts of supportive powertrain upgrades that set it apart. It'll lay down thick stripes of rubber in a straight line, naturally, but the GT350 is most at home around a complicated racetrack or a winding mountain road.
Despite its focus on performance, the GT350 is comfortable and relatively quiet (when your right foot isn't planted on the floor), and it could easily serve as a daily driver. Well-rounded and massively entertaining, the GT350 is definitely our idea of the ultimate Mustang.
Trim levels & features
The 2018 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 horsepower and 429 pound-feet of torque), a six-speed manual transmission, 19-inch wheels, adaptive suspension dampers and heavy-duty springs, 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, a tilt-and-telescoping steering column, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, Bluetooth, a 4.2-inch center display, Track Apps performance telemetry, a rearview camera, phone and audio voice commands (Sync), smartphone app integration, and a six-speaker sound system with two USB ports.
Opting for the Electronics package equips the GT350 with dual-zone automatic climate control, an 8-inch touchscreen with Sync 3 (with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity), a navigation system, and a nine-speaker audio system with satellite radio. The Convenience package adds leather upholstery, driver-seat memory settings, six-way power-adjustable sport front seats with power lumbar for the driver, and heating and ventilation for the front seats.
The GT350R gets most of the GT350's standard equipment, plus 19-inch carbon-fiber wheels (with special Michelin tires), revised suspension tuning and aerodynamic body enhancements (front chin splitter and carbon-fiber rear wing, most notably). The GT350R comes without the air conditioning, sound system, floor mats, rear seat, rearview camera, Sync system and tire inflation kit. To get those features back, Ford offers the R-Electronics package, which puts almost all of it back in the car along with the dual-zone climate control, nine-speaker sound system, and the previously mentioned 8-inch touchscreen with Sync 3.
Each vehicle typically comes in multiple versions that are fundamentally similar. The ratings in this review are based on our full test of the 2016 Ford Shelby GT350 (5.2L V8 | six-speed manual | RWD).
NOTE: Since this test was conducted, the current Ford Shelby GT350 has received only minor revisions such as the addition of the track suspension as standard equipment (our test car was equipped with that option) and the introduction of some additional available options. Our findings remain applicable to this year's Ford Shelby GT350.
Noise & vibration4.5
Ease of use3.5
Getting in/getting out3
Audio & navigation2.5
Features & Specs
Our experts’ favorite Shelby GT350 safety features:
- Rearview Camera
- Helps you navigate into tight parking spots and avoid collisions when backing out of spots in crowded parking lots.
- Ford MyKey
- Allows the owner to set secondary-driver parameters and limits for teen and valet drivers.
2018 Ford Shelby GT350 for Sale
Yes, the Shelby GT350 is a Mustang — but to group it with the same Mustang you'd find in a rental fleet is to miss the point. The GT350 has the heart of a racing car, with a meticulously engineered engine and a brilliant suspension. Let's call it the ultimate Mustang.
One key element that sets the GT350 apart from ordinary Stangs is the 5.2-liter V8, which features a flat-plane crankshaft and lots of voodoo technology. This race-ready engine revs to a stratospheric 8,200 rpm, with a soundtrack like a mechanical aria. Output of this screamer is 526 horsepower and 429 pound-feet, and a six-speed manual is the only transmission choice. This engine is built to survive life on a racetrack, with coolers for the engine oil, transmission and differential to keep it going lap after lap. But what impresses us most about the engine is how docile it is — the GT350 is easy to drive in city traffic.
The Shelby GT350 is just as impressive from the underside. The GT350 gets a long list of enhancements over the standard Mustang, including magnetorheological shock absorbers (which are filled with a fluid that thickens when a magnetic force is applied, allowing near-instant changes in damping stiffness), big Brembo brakes and a lowered suspension. And yet once again, for all that race-ready equipment, the GT350 poses no major problems when driven on the street.
And it's the dual nature that makes the GT350 so special. Normally, a good racing car has to be trailered to the track. The GT350 is one of the few cars you can drive to the track, change the tires, kick a little Corvette butt, then — provided you didn't crash it — put the street shoes back on and drive it home. Even if you don't race, the GT350 is a serious grin-generator: Running the engine to redline is a heavenly experience, and the suspension grips hard in the curves and dismisses bumps and pavement irregularities with nary a twitch.
Ford sells the Shelby GT350 in two models. The standard car is equipped for daily driving, and it offers some luxury-oriented comfort and convenience features as options. The R model is intended for track use, with a few key items (air conditioning, stereo, back seat) removed in order to save weight, though they can be added back in as part of an option package. Which to buy? Edmunds can help find the perfect 2018 Ford Shelby GT350 for you.
2018 Ford Shelby GT350 Overview
The 2018 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 2018 Ford Shelby GT350?
Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2018 Ford Shelby GT350 and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2018 Shelby GT350 5 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 2018 Shelby GT350.
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What's a good price for a New 2018 Ford Shelby GT350?
2018 Ford Shelby GT350 2dr Coupe (5.2L 8cyl 6M)
The 2018 Ford Shelby GT350 2dr Coupe (5.2L 8cyl 6M) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $56,840. The average price paid for a new 2018 Ford Shelby GT350 2dr Coupe (5.2L 8cyl 6M) is trending $1,500 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.
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