Alongside awe-inspiring GT, Ford presents Shelby GT350R Mustang

The most hardcore Mustang ever built
Jan 14, 2015
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Just in case the Shelby GT350 Mustang that Ford revealed in November--or, for that matter, the freshly unveiled new-generation GT--isn't hardcore enough for you, the American carmaker has announced at the ongoing 2015 Detroit Motor Show that it has created the "most track-ready road-going production Mustang ever built." Meet the Shelby GT350R Mustang.

A new 5.2-liter dual-overhead-cam V8 engine, reportedly the first-ever production V8 from Ford with a flat-plane crankshaft, powers the car with an output of more than 500hp and a torque of 542Nm. It also has an air-to-oil-engine oil cooler that's normally found only on race cars to maintain engine temperatures "under the most severe conditions, as well as a standard cooler for the six-speed manual transmission."

An abundance of carbon-fiber elements can also be found on the Shelby GT350R Mustang, like the 19-inch wheels that reportedly make Ford the first major carmaker to "introduce this innovative wheel technology as standard equipment," and the rear wing.

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Besides using the lightweight material, Ford engineers further reduced the car's weight by removing equipment that failed to make the car faster around a road course. This included items like the air-conditioning, the audio system, the rear seats, the trunk floorboard and carpet, the backing-up camera, and the emergency tire sealer and inflator. For customers who want to be comfortable in the Shelby GT350R, Ford is offering an optional Electronics Package that includes dual-zone air-conditioning, an eight-inch touchscreen with navigation, a seven-speaker audio system, and turn-signal mirrors.

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Unfortunately for us, the limited-edition Shelby GT350R Mustang will only be available in the United States and Canada when it goes on sale later this year.

"The Shelby GT350R Mustang is a no-compromise car in the pursuit of maximum track capability," Ford group vice president for global product development Raj Nair said. "It is a thoroughbred street car making use of technology and ingenuity to deliver performance few enthusiasts have ever experienced."

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