Until now, Mustang-related news – while exciting – was irrelevant to the South African market. But we’re finally getting the iconic muscle car on our shores in 2015. And hopefully hot iterations like the Shelby GT350, unveiled this week, will make it here too.
The new GT350 builds on Carroll Shelby’s original idea – transforming an every-day car into a dominant road racer. With the foundation of the dramatically-improved new model, the Shelby should make for a special driving experience.
According to Ford, driving enthusiasts behind the wheel of a Shelby GT350 can expect to be treated to the most balanced, nimble and exhilarating production Mustang yet. That does sound believable – we learned after our launch drive of the new Mustang last month that the car can actually handle – unlike its predecessors.
The new 5.2-litre engine produces 373kW and 542Nm. It is the first-ever production V8 from Ford with a flat-plane crankshaft, an architecture typically found only in racing applications or exotic European sports cars. This mill is mated to a six-speed manual transmission. Ford describes this beast as an “all-day track day car that’s also street legal.”
Raj Nair, Ford Group vice president, Global Production Development said: “Every change we made to this car was driven by the functional requirements of a powerful, responsive powerplant- nimble, precise handling and massive stopping power. “When we started working on this car, we wanted to build the best possible Mustang for the places we most love to drive – challenging back roads with a variety of corners and elevation changes – and the track on weekends,” said Nair.
Other details, including a release date and pricing, have not been announced.
- Ignition Live Reporter