Vital Stats

Engine:
Supercharged 5.0L V8
Power:
624 HP / 536 LB-FT
Transmission:
6-Speed Manual
0-60 Time:
3.7 Seconds (est.)
Top Speed:
190 MPH (est.)
Drivetrain:
Rear-Wheel Drive
Curb Weight:
3,950 LBS (est.)
Seating:
2+2
Base Price:
$58,540
As Tested Price:
$81,714
Shelby is a name as synonymous with the Ford Mustang as marshmallows are with campfires. But unlike the short-lived sugary confection that is prepared on a stick, the late Carroll Shelby's name on the placard means added performance and exclusivity. Launched in 1965, the automaker's celebrated early cars were in production for a limited run - today, a mint concours-quality 1965 Shelby GT350 can sell for upwards of $350,000.

To coincide with the 45th anniversary of the original Shelby GT350, Shelby American reintroduced the GT350 in 2011. Like the original, it was only offered in white with blue stripes. Customers were offered a choice between naturally aspirated (440 horsepower) and two levels of supercharging (525 horsepower with a warranty or 624 horsepower without). The manufacturer calls the GT350 a "post-title" package, a term that means it starts out life as a stock Mustang and is modified outside Ford's factory (this is in contrast to the Shelby GT500, which is a standard Ford production car).

As the GT350 enters its third year, Shelby has made several changes. Mechanically, Wilwood brakes replace Baer units and Recaro seats and a tinted glass roof are on the options list. Cosmetically, the vehicle is now offered in most of the Blue Oval's factory colors, new multispoke wheels are available in Satin Black or Bright Silver Metallic finish, and customers can choose between Satin Black, Silver or Gloss White stripes (or Azure Blue Metallic on Performance White or Ingot Silver). Aesthetically, the look of the car has also changed somewhat - keen eyes will note that it actually appears more 'stock' than it did last year.

This particular heavily optioned test car started as a 2013 Mustang GT Premium with a six-speed manual gearbox ($35,454 including destination) and Gotta Have it Green paint ($495). The Shelby GT350 Package ($26,995) and a variety of other options followed. These included leather Recaro seats ($1,595), polished Ford Racing Supercharger - boosting power to 624 horsepower ($8,500), Shelby/Wilwood multi-piston brake upgrade ($2,995), Shelby High Performance Cooling Package ($2,995), Billet Watts Link rear suspension ($1,995) and an OEM Shelby GT500 rear spoiler ($599). While a base no-option Shelby GT350 can be had for $58,540, the as-tested price of our green coupe totaled a rather startling $81,714.

Driving Notes
  • I didn't waste any time gawking at the GT350's aggressive front splitter, substantial functional hood scoop or massive wheel and tire package. Instead, I jumped into the comfortable Recaro seats, inserted the key and cranked over the 624-horsepower engine. A heartbeat later, the 5.0-liter V8 spun to life with a throaty roar out its twin Borla exhaust pipes. The engine idled with an excitement the standard GT could never match match, and once underway, a stab on the accelerator quickly extinguished all doubts - this Shelby is bloody quick. Under the right conditions (limiting wheelspin is the greatest obstacle), this green beast will effortlessly crack the 60 mph benchmark in under four seconds. Few public roads can tolerate its top speed.
  • The short-throw shifter proved heavy and mechanical in action, taking a bit of practice to master, but it never felt clunky or not up to the task. Once in gear, throttle response (listen for the telltale supercharger whine) was quick. First gear felt too short for my tastes, and I consistently had traction issues. Third gear was the sweet spot, with the Shelby offering enough torque to pull from just about anywhere on its tachometer.
  • Few would call any Mustang small and nimble, but the GT350 breaks the stereotype. Once familiar with the coupe's corners (rearward visibility being the most limited), I was able to push the Shelby surprisingly hard in the California's legendary canyons. Hunkered down on its tuned suspension with four sticky contact patches, the Shelby had me relishing each and every corner. Turn-in was good, mid-corner feel was stable and the brakes were always up to the task. This two-door still felt big from behind the wheel, but each of its physical reactions to control inputs told another story - one of sharpness and agility.
  • If forced to list good and bad attributes, I'd lodge complaints against the mostly stock Mustang interior (when the price climbs this high, it's hard not to expect more) and tacked-on A-pillar gauges, which felt cheap. Yet I would applaud the engine's power, exhaust note, suspension tuning and handling.
  • The more I thought about it, the clearer it became that the 2013 Shelby GT350 is probably the best Ford Mustang I have ever driven. And, even with a price that more than doubles its donor's cost, history's fondness for Shelby models may someday prove that this car is a worthwhile investment, too. I'll take mine in Ruby Red.


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      Mike
      • 1 Year Ago
      GT500 with 650hp/Brembo/Recaro/Factory Warranty/Collectible - 55K Why would anyone buy this for 82k?
        Wally SirFatty
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Mike
        with money leftover to buy a winter car.
        pavsterrocks
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Mike
        Because it's a limited edition 'memorial car'. No one is going to buy this as their first, second, or third car. This is a nice toy to add to someone's already expansive collection.
      Avinash Machado
      • 1 Year Ago
      A bit overpriced.
      Eggmania
      • 1 Year Ago
      0-60 in 3.7s for $60k?? wow
        bonehead
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Eggmania
        except price as tested $82k FOR A FREAKING MUSTANG!!!!
        Farmboy
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Eggmania
        Faster than any non-turbo Porsche, according to Porsche's web info. That's insane. I'd also be willing to take an extra 1 sec to 60 for half the price of a GT-R.
          NissanGTR
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Farmboy
          The thing is that the GTR will not only destroy the Mustang in 0-60, but also in every performance test. Burnouts is not a performance test.
          pavsterrocks
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Farmboy
          I am sorry but comparing a mustang to a porsche... even with 1/2 the power... you must be kidding. Go drive a porsche then talk.
        oRenj9
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Eggmania
        Buy a base GT + track pack and slap on a FRPP supercharger for $8k. You'll get the same performance for just under $40k.
      Max Bramante
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'm going mad with the 79-86 Mercury Capri, i'd like to find an 83-84 RS in silver with red stripes.
      Gordon Chen
      • 1 Year Ago
      "The more I thought about it, the clearer it became that the 2013 Shelby GT350 is probably the best Ford Mustang I have ever driven" How does it compare to the Boss 302?
      Fonin
      • 1 Year Ago
      its funny how the 13/14 mustang has the \'shelby\' nose and hood, yet this shelby 350 seems to have the long nose hood from the 10-12 models. is this running the tremec or the mt82?
      Sasha
      • 1 Year Ago
      I seem to remember reading that the original GT350 makes as much HP as the current V6 model.
        EXP Jawa
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Sasha
        Of course, it was on the order of a 1000 pounds lighter...
        oRenj9
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Sasha
        And the V6 is much, much faster than the old GT350. Hell, there was an article in HotRod magazine in the late 80s that featured Carroll Shelby comparing the late GT350 with the then-new Shelby GLHS: "Passes at 14.7 @ 94 mph make the GLHS one of the 10 fastest production turbo cars in the world...[snip]...As for progress, Shelby's benchmark of 20 years ago ran 15.7 @ 91 mph in the quarter"
      john m
      • 1 Year Ago
      That lower front facia looks terrible. Looks like they got it at PEP Boys....
      Brent Smith
      • 1 Year Ago
      I don't know about the rest of you, but I think that color is bad-ass. And it looks great with those satin black wheels.
      justin
      • 1 Year Ago
      So.. comparison to GT500?
      bubba_roe
      • 1 Year Ago
      Why are American cars so damn tacky?
        Chris
        • 1 Year Ago
        @bubba_roe
        Don't tell me you're a fan of Japanese cars. I've always had respect for the Evo and STi, but they are both a little on the tacky side, same can be said for all of the boy-racers with the old riced out Civics with fart canon exhaust tips, park bench spoilers, and flimsy unpainted body kits.
        mikemaj82
        • 1 Year Ago
        @bubba_roe
        mostly it's just Mustangs.
      Bobby Tiger MacRae
      • 1 Year Ago
      So basically if u get 624 HP your out of luck if it blows up?? Nice way for a customer to believe in your car babe
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