In 2016, Ford and Shelby introduced a novel concept with the GT350, which served as a bridge between the higher-end Mustangs and the GT500. These new Shelby Mustangs offered more than just a potent engine and a responsive suspension. They provided the driver with a choice of five driving modes to customize stability control, throttle mapping, suspension firmness, and exhaust settings according to their requirements.
The GT350 was powered by a 5.2-liter V-8 engine that featured a ProCharger supercharger and a flat-plane crank, among other enhancements, resulting in an output of 526 horsepower. Teamed with a Tremec 6-speed manual transmission and a 3.73 Torsen limited-slip differential, Car and Driver magazine recorded an impressive 0-60 MPH time of just 4.3 seconds, with quarter-mile sprints completed in 12.5 seconds. Car & Driver estimated the GT350’s top speed to be approximately 175 MPH, and it was equipped with Brembo 4-wheel disc brakes to ensure effective deceleration.
Inside the cabin, the GT350 boasted Recaro front seats upholstered in Ebony cloth and Miko suede trim, complemented by a coordinated dashboard, door panels, and carpets. Additional enhancements included a red-painted Watson Racing four-point roll cage, Schroth four-point racing harnesses, a backup camera, Sync-enabled infotainment, AM/FM/CD/MP3 audio, cruise control, and power windows and door locks.