2016 Ford Shelby GT350 Mustang rumored to start at $52,995

Article by Christian A., on November 30, 2014

There is nothing official yet, but sources say that the 2016 Ford Shelby GT350 Mustang will be priced from $52,995. Compared with the most expensive 2015 Mustang GT, which starts at $32,100, the difference is considerable. In addition, the 2016 Shelby GT350 Mustang will be available with a Tech Pack, which costs $2,995.

The new Tech Pack will add leather-wrapped power seats, Shaker Audio, dual-zone climate control as well as the MyTouch Ford infotainment system and an 8-inch touchscreen display.

Furthermore, the 2016 Shelby GT350 Mustang will be available as an option with a Track Pack, which will bring the vehicle closer to the track-focused GT350R.

The hotter GT350R is rumored to arrive at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show and will bring a smile on customers who want to hear the roar of the engine on a racetrack. Just like the standard version, we expect the 2016 Shelby GT350R to use the same naturally aspirated 5.2-liter V8 engine, producing 500 hp and 400 lb-ft of torque.

New Mustang is underpinned by a new platform considered as the strongest in the brand’s history. Compared to its predecessor, the new Mustang has 28-percent higher torsional stiffness, ensuring that the suspension geometry of the latest pony car remains consistent even when it is driven hard on back roads and tracks.

The new GT350 boasts higher front stiffness as made possible by injection-molded carbon fiber composite grille opening as well as by optional lightweight tower-to-tower brace. Compared to the Mustang GT, the GT350 has a wider front track, recalibrated spring rates and bushings as well as lower ride height.

To deliver a quicker response to driver’s input and to the road contours, there was a need to reduce unsprung mass. However, Ford acknowledges that there should be a balance between making the suspension lighter (by removing mass) and delivering a capable braking performance. Since the GT350 has the ability to deliver incredible speeds, it also needs absolute stopping power.

This is delivered by a credible brake system -- two-piece cross-drilled iron discs mounted to aluminum hats -- that also boasts of high levels of fade resistance and brake pedal feel. On the front, the GT350 employs large 394-mm rotors featuring Brembo six-piston fixed calipers with integrated caliper bridges. On the rear, the system employs 380-mm rotors with four-piston calipers.

Meanwhile, the new Mustang rides on extra-stiff 19-inch aluminum-alloy wheels with a width of 10.5 inches on the front, and 11.0 inches on the rear. These rims are shod in Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires with GT350-specific sidewall construction, tread face and compound. Michelin developed these rubbers to offer maximum grip both on the road and at the track.

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