2016 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 vs GT350R: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know [Video]

2016 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 and GT350R
2016 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 and GT350R

Ford is getting serious about performance this year and the Mustang Shelby GT350 and GT350R are two high performance vehicles in their growing line-up of cars and truck that are hot on and off the track.

“It’s a street car that performs like a race car.” Lyn St. James, retired professional IndyCar driver and 5 time Indianapolis 500 veteran

The 2016 Shelby GT350 and GT350R have balance, poise, and technology that is all about performance. The 5.2-liter V8 is Ford’s most powerful normally aspirated engine that has an impressive 526 horsepower and 429 lb-ft of torque. While both cars share the same powerplant, there are some significant differences that separate the GT350 from the GT350R.

This TFL Car video explains how the Shelby GT350R is more track-focused compared with the GT350 and shows the pony car flexing its muscles around Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca Raceway.


“When we started working on this car, we wanted to build the best possible Mustang for the places we most love to drive – challenging back roads with a variety of corners and elevation changes – and the track on weekends,” said Raj Nair, Ford group vice president, Global Product Development. “Every change we made to this car was driven by the functional requirements of a powerful, responsive powerplant – nimble, precise handling and massive stopping power.”

2016 Shelby GT350 2016 Shelby GT350R
Engine 5.2L Flat Plane Crank V8 5.2L Flat Plane Crank V8
Power 526 hp @ 7500 rpm 526 hp @ 7500rpm
Torque 429 lb-ft @ 4750 rpm 429 lb-ft @ 4750 rpm
Transmission 6-speed manual 6-speed manual
Drivetrain Layout rear-wheel drive rear-wheel drive
Curb Weight 3,760 lbs. 3,655 lbs.
MagneRide Suspension No Yes
Wheels 19-in cast aluminum alloy 19-in carbon fiber
Tires GT350 specific Michelin Pilot Sport GT350R specific Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2
Brakes 15.5-in rotors, 6-piston – front
15.0-in rotors, 4-piston – rear
15.5-in rotors, 6-piston – front
15.0-in rotors, 4-piston – rear
Base Price $49,995* $63,495*


* Includes $1,300 gas-guzzler tax

Track Package:

  • MagneRide suspension
  • Integrated Driver Control (IDC) system
  • Raised decklid spoiler
  • Aluminum tower strut brace
  • Engine oil, transmission and differential coolers
  • Heavy duty front springs
  • Price: $6,500