As we said it here, the all-new 2016 Shelby Mustang GT350 made its debut today and will be seen at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show. Looking better than expected, the 2016 Shelby Mustang GT350 is powered by a 5.2-liter naturally aspirated V8 engine that produces more than 500 hp (373 kW) and 400 lb-ft (542 Nm) of torque.
The engine is bolted to a six-speed manual transmission and the vehicle comes as standard with a Ford-tuned Torsen limited-slip differential that optimizes cornering grip and straight-line traction. When it comes to design, the Mustang GT350 arrives with an aggressive lower front splitter, a new aluminum hood with air outlets that act as a heat extractor, recontoured aluminum front fenders that accommodate wider front tracks and wider wheel arches.
In addition, the front fenders get stylish vents tht work with vented inner fenders in order to draw out air in the wheel wells and direct it down the side of the vehicle. At the rear, the new GT350 gets a new air diffuser, a stylish trunk lip spoiler as well as four exhaust tips.
The design is completed by the new 19-inch aluminum wheels wrapped in Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires with GT350-specific sidewall construction. Inside, the GT350 gets Recaro sport seats, a flat-bottomed steering wheel, while chrome and bright finishes were reduced in order to eliminate sun glare that may distract the driver.
Ford says that its new vehicle allows selection of five unique modes that tailor ABS, stability control, traction control, steering effort, throttle mapping, MagneRide tuning and exhaust settings.
The platform for the new Mustang is considered as strongest in the brand’s history. In fact, its torsional stiffness is 28 percent better than its predecessor, ensuring more consistent suspension geometry, even when the new Mustang is being driven hard on back roads and tracks.
Mustang GT350 delivers increased level of frontal stiffness, thanks to a groundbreaking injection-molded carbon fiber composite grille opening and the optional lightweight tower-to-tower brace. The GT350 also features a wider front track as well as recalibrated spring rates and bushings. The ride height of the GT350 is also lower than on the Mustang GT.
To deliver optimal handling, the Mustang GT350 needs wheels that quickly respond to driver input and to the contours of the road. To achieve this response, there was a need to reduce unsprung mass, although there is need to strike a balance between making the suspension lighter and delivering a capable braking performance.
Since the GT350 is capable of moving at very high speeds, it is provided with the most track-credible brake system – with the highest stopping power, brake pedal feel and fade resistance -- equipped on a Ford vehicle. It employs two-piece cross-drilled iron discs mounted to aluminum hats. Up front, the brake system uses massive 394-mm rotors as clamped by Brembo six-piston fixed calipers with integrated caliper bridges. On the rear, the system employs 380-mm rotors with four-piston calipers.
The new Mustang GT350 rides on extra-stiff 19-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, with widths of 10.5 inches on the front, and 11.0 inches in the rear. These rims are shod in Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires with GT350-specific sidewall construction, compound and tread face – as designed to deliver optimal grip both on the road and at the track.