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The 2020 Mustang Shelby GT350 R is even pointier
Ford pinches a few tricks from the mad dog GT500, applies it to baby brother
Ford unleashed its feral Shelby GT500 in January – and there really is no other way to describe a car with 760bhp and a bruising attitude to speed. Knowledge gleaned from that mad dog has now trickled down into its baby brother.
Which means the Shelby GT350R is now even more pointier. We’re told the 2020 model year car will feature redesigned front suspension geometry, alongside a new “high-trail steering knuckle”, all taken from the 500.
There’s also a new steering rack and a recalibrated electric power steering setup, in order to “elevate driver confidence”. Or just get really sideways everywhere with a big smile on your face. Po-tay-to, po-tah-to.
That’s your lot for nerdy engineering tweaks. The other rules still apply: there’s no rear seat, there are carbon fibre wheels, a massive rear wing, front splitter, and a really rather lovely sounding 5.2-litre flat-plane crank V8 which goes by the codename ‘Voodoo’. With 526bhp and 429lb ft of torque, it’s a little further down the playing field than the 760bhp new GT500, but… really, it’s plenty.
You can option a Technology Pack – assists, 12-speaker B&O sound system, puddle lamps, voice activated nav – and some new colours, including ‘Grabber Lime’, ‘Twister Orange’, ‘Iconic Silver’, and ‘Red Hot Metallic’.
“It’s always been our plan to take the latest innovations from the GT500 programme and strategically apply them across the Mustang line-up,” explains Ford Performance engineer Ed Krenz.