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For those who want a classic, screamer Mustang with a Shelby heritage, but with modern technology and unbelievable V8 performance, the new GT 350 R is a perfect choice. Although they based the Shelby on the Mustang GT, much of the car’s suspension, design, aero package and engine were new.
The biggest single difference was the Voodoo engine, which has a 5.2-liter displacement, 526 HP and 429 lb-ft of torque. The main feature of this high-revving powerplant is the flat plane crank technology, allowing the big V8 to scream to almost 9,000 rpm. It is the same technology exotic manufacturers like Ferrari use.
However, this is the first time a muscle car has such an advanced engine. Ford’s investment into the Shelby GT 350 paid off since the performance is mind-boggling with 3.9 seconds for 0 to 60 mph. But the numbers don’t do justice to this car. The Shelby GT 350 is a pure sports car that delivers fantastic driving dynamics and experience to the driver.
It is closer to the Porsche GT3 in terms of precision driving and cornering speeds than it is to humble Mustangs of yesterday. This car is not only one of the fastest Mustangs ever, it is also one of the best sports cars in recent years.