It seems all the stops were pulled when developing the Ford Shelby GT350. Everything, from the engine to the suspension to the car's styling, looks and feels the part. Yes, it's a Mustang, but it doesn't just feel like a Mustang with more power. It's more than the sum of its parts. And this particular car has a number of extras (some good, some a little unnecessary) from Ford Performance. The best part is all of these parts are covered for 3 years or 36,000 miles. Ford Performance wheel center caps - $192 2015 - 2017 Shelby GT350 active cat back sport exhaust system - $2,395 2015 - 2017 Shelby GT350 air filter- $89 2015 - 2017 Shelby GT350 shifter kit without knob - $359 2015 - 2017 Shelby GT350 oil separator bundle - $398 Powered by Ford Performance badge - $98 Mustang 5.0L Coyote Ford Performance coil cover Ford Performance - $300 2015 - 2017 Shelby GT350 lowering springs - $359 Ford Performance GT350 6-speed shift knob - red - $79 2015 - 2017 Mustang Ford Performance windshield banner - $50 Senior Producer Christopher McGraw: "Look what color it is," Reese — our associate editor and vehicle manager extraordinaire — said as he handed me the familiar bulbous key fob adorned with a Cobra. I looked down at the tag. "Grabber Blue." My favorite color. The Ford Shelby Mustang GT350 has always been one of my favorite cars. Growing up, I had a model of a 1965 GT350 sitting on my shelf. The same model now sits on my desk at work. This is the fourth GT350 that I have had the pleasure of driving, and what makes this one different are the added Ford Performance parts. There's not a whole lot to say. This car is about as perfect as you can get at this price point. The Ford Performance shifter improves it, but only slightly. Personally, I'd lose the windshield decal and Ford Performance emblems on the side, and instead opt for the regular GT350 variants. The only gripe I can muster is that it doesn't play well on wet pavement, but that's hardly surprising. It sounds great in sport exhaust mode, though it was nice to be able to toggle that on and off while pulling out of my driveway at 6:30 in the morning. Nice for the neighbors at least. It's good to listen to, great to look at and even better to drive. Associate Editor Reese Counts: At the heart of the GT350 is what I believe to be one of the best engines any automaker has ever produced. This eight-cylinder ode to joy packs everything I love about naturally aspirated engines into a 5.2-liter package. Power comes on smoothly, kicking and screaming all the way to the 8,250 rpm redline. The flat-plane crank helps the revs crest and fall as quickly as the lines on a heart-rate monitor. Then there's the sound. It's a mix of deep, hairy-chested American muscle with a heaping …
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|MPG||14 City / 21 Hwy|
|Transmission||6-spd man w/OD|
|Power||526 @ 7500 rpm|
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