Back in America in Flat Rock, Michigan, the first of the many 2016 Ford Shelby GT350R Mustang to roam the highways has just been taken off the production line.
The model was originally introduced back during the 2015 NAIAS Detroit Motor Show and has been described as “the most track-ready road-going production Mustang ever built”, ready to unleash “never-before-seen track capability from a Mustang”, due to its numerous “innovations in aerodynamics, chassis engineering and light-weighting”. If you don’t remember well the model since January, the GT350R comes with a new hood, dynamic diffuser, vented wheel wells complete with turbulence-reducing fender vents, wheel air curtains and side skirts. We also get ample aerodynamic customizations and 19-inch carbon fiber wheels. To drop the weight, all unnecessary amenities are nowhere to be found: the car lacks the air conditioning, the stereo system, the rear seats, the trunk floorboard and carpet, the backup camera and even the emergency tire sealer and inflator. And the sound is more pronounced because in order to save a few grams the exhaust resonators are also gone.
“This is a special day for all Mustang enthusiasts. We have taken the GT350 formula to the next level of innovation, style and performance. Today the legend continues,” commented in a statement Ford executive chairman Bill Ford. Power comes from under the hood courtesy of the 5.2-liter flat-plane crank V8 engine that boasts a total of 526 bhp (392 kW) and 429 lb-ft (580 Nm) of torque, mated to a six speed manual gearbox that sends all that power to the rear wheels through the assistance of a limited-slip differential.