2016 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350R Performance Edition to Debut in January

It seems that the 2015 Detroit Auto Show will host the premiere of the 2016 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350R, a performance edition of the recently introduced pony car. Actually the GT350R will be a true competitor of the 2015 Camaro Z28. We’ve learned that, thanks to the most powerful naturally aspirated V8 production engine Ford has ever made, the 2016 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 is rated near the Z28’s power output. At the moment, nobody known how much power the GT350R performance edition could deliver, but having in mind that they’ve been developing the new Mustang Shelby with Z28’s specs in mind, it’s almost certain that it’s going to be noticeably better than the Chevy’s pony car. Power boost won’t be the only change which will come with the 2016 Mustang Shelby GT350R. Reportedly, its body will be altered in a way which will improve the performance, but that could also affect the coupe’s appearance. Although the base design language will be the same and nothing much will be changed, some details will certainly make a distinction between the regular GT350 and the GT350R with a racing character.

2016 Mustang Shelby GT350 Front Fascia

2016 Mustang Shelby GT350

2016 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350R Changes

According to the Road & Track’s report, which said that the 2016 Mustang Shelby GT350R will be unveiled at the 2015 NAIAS, the GT350 won’t get a convertible iteration. This car was made with superb performance as its essence and a drop-top version simply wouldn’t be good enough due to the structural changes of the body. The body of the 2016 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350R will be different in comparison with the regular model. Currently, we don’t know much about the body changes which will help the GT350R have better performance. They’re probably going to use as much lightweight materials as they can, trying to decrease the weight. Also they could have spent some time in a wind tunnel improving the fastback’s aerodynamics. There’s nothing yet about the engines possible power boost, but we won’t be surprised if the GT350R comes with a bit more horsepower than its stock counterpart.

2015 NAIAS Premiere

We’ll know more about this car after its premiere at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show this January, but they will, hopefully, leak some details before the official debut.

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