Is the 526-hp Ford Shelby GT350 Mustang one of the best performance values on the market today? A new configurator tool on Ford’s website officially confirms the starting price of $49,995 for the GT350 and $63,495 for the GT350R, including destination and a gas guzzler tax.
That’s a remarkably low sum for the newest Shelby Mustang’s levels of performance, as this upgraded ponycar is clearly a direct competitor for the Chevrolet Camaro Z/28, which starts at a significantly higher $75,000. The standard 2016 Ford Shelby GT350 Mustang’s price includes a $1,300 gas guzzler tax, as does the more hardcore, stripped-out GT350R model. Both versions come standard with a screaming 5.2-liter flat-plane crank V-8 with a redline of 8,250 rpm.
© Provided by MotorTrend Shelby GT350R Mustang at Grattan Raceway
We also now know the Shelby GT350’s available options, which are bundled into two packages. A $6,500 Track Package includes MagneRide adaptive dampers, a decklid spoiler, an aluminum tower-to-tower brace, coolers for the engine oil, transmission, and differential, and heavy-duty front springs. Also available, but not in combination with the Track Package, is a $7,500 Technology Package that offers the same MagneRide dampers and front springs, along with an upgraded audio system, the new Sync 3 infotainment system, power driver and passenger seats, leather, automatic climate control, and navigation.
The stripped-out Shelby Mustang GT350R, which does without standard features like an audio system and air conditioning, only offers one option package: the $3,000 Electronics Package. Adding the Sync 3 infotainment screen, automatic climate control, a backup camera, navigation, and an audio system, this option makes the track-oriented GT350R a bit more livable on the street. What really matters with the GT350R, though, is that the performance bits come standard, including adaptive dampers, carbon-fiber wheel, six-piston Brembo brakes, and a Tremec six-speed manual transmission.
© Provided by MotorTrend 2016 Ford Shelby GT350 Mustang configurator screenshot
After a limited, 137-unit production run for the 2015 model year, the Ford Shelby GT350 Mustang and GT350R Mustang will go on sale a bit later this year as 2016 models.