3. 2014 Ford Mustang Shelby GT 350 R
The new, sixth-generation Ford Mustang brought a new Shelby in the form of GT 350. Ford introduced its even more extreme version, the GT 350 R, in late 2014 as a 2015 model. Even though they based the Shelby on the Mustang GT. However, much of the car’s suspension, design, aero package, and engine was new. The biggest single difference was the fantastic Voodoo engine, which had 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 that allowed the big V8 to scream to almost 9,000 rpm. It is the same technology exotic manufacturers like Ferrari use, but this is the first time a muscle car has had such an advanced engine.
Ford’s investment in the Shelby GT 350 R paid off because the performance is mind-boggling. It goes from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.9. But the numbers don’t do justice to this car since the Shelby GT 350 R is a pure sports car that delivers fantastic driving dynamics to the driver. It’s much closer to the Porsche GT3 in precision driving and cornering speeds than those humble Mustangs of yesterday. This car is not only one of the fastest Mustangs ever, it’s also one of the best sports cars Ford has made in recent years.