New Ford Mustang GT350 Coupe
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The 2018 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 is the most powerful and most expensive version of the Mustang but the Camaro ZL1 and Challenger Hellcat cost significantly more.
The Shelby GT350 is built in Michigan and include more aggressive bodywork with vented front fenders and a more sinister grille and front bumper. Massive Brembo brakes with six-piston front calipers, Recaro sport seats, launch control, and coolers for the differential and transmission are also standard.
he 2018 Shelby GT350 is among the most powerful factory-built Mustangs of all time, and it’s capable of 0-60 mph in 4.3 seconds and powered by a 5.2-liter all-aluminum V8 with a flat crank, a unique design also used in some Ferraris. It allows this engine to rev to an incredible 8,250 rpm and gives it a radical exhaust sound. Both models use a six-speed manual transmission. No automatic is available.
Unlike the supercharged V8s found in the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 and Dodge Charger Hellcat, the Shelby’s V8 engine is naturally aspirated, which means it isn’t turbocharged or supercharged. Ford says it delivers a whopping 526 horsepower and 429 lb-ft of torque, which is significantly stronger than the 460-hp 5.0-liter in the Mustang GT.
Even in the age of mass production, platform-sharing, and universal powertrains, the 2018 Shelby GT350 is the only Ford model to use the 5.2-liter “Voodoo” V8, and it gives this Mustang its own personality. Push the start button and the high-revving engine crackles to life, provides adequate low-end power, and really comes alive up over 5,000 rpm. In most modern performance cars, you change gears between 6,000 rpm and 7,000 rpm — but not in the Shelby. Although the big V8 isn’t perfectly smooth when you’re exploiting its lofty redline, it’s fun to wind it out and hold gears past 8,000 rpm. This engine revs so high you have to change the way you drive, recalibrating your internal clock between shifts as you wait for the V8 to climb its way around the tachometer.
This Mustang has an old-school manual transmission, just like the original GT350 in 1965. Today, however, there are six forward gears, and they’re properly spaced to keep the V8 churning. Braking performance is also exceptional, and the GT350’s five driving modes include Normal, Track, and Drag, which adjust the throttle response, stability control, and suspension. The weighting of the steering is also adjustable.
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