2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350R: Trickle-Down Performance
Ford digs into the GT500 parts bin to sharpen the GT350R
The Ford Mustang Shelby GT350R has always been a track-focused and potent pony, but the folks at Ford are digging into the upcoming Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 parts pile to make the GT350R better. The 2020 GT350R will have a revised front suspension, which takes advantage of the GT500’s high-trail steering knuckle. By combining this with the new steering rack, Ford claims it’ll make you a more confident driver who’s driving a more precise car.
One place the GT500 didn’t have too much influence? The engine. Under the GT350R’s hood is still the naturally aspirated 5.2-liter V8 with a flat-plane crankshaft. Better known to Ford fans as the Voodoo engine, it will make 526 hp and 429 lb-ft of torque. Ford also deleted the exhaust resonators, which not only sheds some weight but makes for a sharper exhaust note.
Carbon-fiber wheels are standard, as is a front splitter and rear wing. You can add a 12-speaker sound system and a few active safety features, but those will all add some weight. There are also a few new colors: Grabber lime, Twister orange, iconic silver and red-hot metallic all join the GT350R for 2020.
If you’re less concerned about horsepower and more concerned about having a barking V8 to rip around the track, the GT350R might be the Mustang for you.