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: Coupe. Available styles include R 2dr Coupe (5.2L 8cyl 6M), and 2dr Coupe (5.2L 8cyl 6M). Shelby GT350 models are available with a 5.2 l-liter gas engine, with output up to 526 hp, depending on engine type. The 2018 Shelby GT350 comes with rear wheel drive. Available transmissions include: 6-speed manual. The 2018 Shelby GT350 comes with a 3 yr./ 36000 mi. basic warranty, a 5 yr./ 60000 mi. roadside warranty, and a 5 yr./ 60000 mi. powertrain warranty.
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2018 ford shelby-gt350 R 2dr Coupe (5.2L 8cyl 6M), 6-speed manual, premium unleaded (recommended) 16 combined MPG 14 city MPG/21 highway MPG
2018 ford shelby-gt350 2dr Coupe (5.2L 8cyl 6M), 6-speed manual, premium unleaded (recommended) 16 combined MPG 14 city MPG/21 highway MPG
What options are available on the 2018 Ford Shelby GT350?
Available Ford Shelby GT350 2018 Submodel Types: Coupe
Available Trims: Base, R
Exterior Colors: Shadow Black, Magnetic Metallic, Race Red, Avalanche Gray, Lightning Blue Metallic, Oxford White, Deep Impact Blue Metallic, Orange Fury Metallic Tri-Coat, Ruby Red Metallic Tinted Clearcoat, Grabber Blue, Lead Foot Gray