After the sixth generation models started rolling as 2015 year models, Ford is planning to reinforce Mustang’s lineup with new Shelby models in 2016. First to come will be Shelby 350. However, this vehicle will be made by Ford’s SVT group and will be spiritually closer to the standard Mustangs than to a Shelby. 2016 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 might not be the Shelby most people expect, but if SVT team can make a high performing Mustang as well as the old team could, there’s no reason to doubt its credentials.
2016 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 review
Exterior design should have plenty of things in common with any other Mustang’s design. Sharp lines and menacing look will adorn the Shelby 350, while some changes will have to be made in order for it to fulfill its full potential. This usually means larger airdams, mostly on the hood, while air inlets will be present behind the front fenders as well. Lip spoiler out back will also help with the airflow, while Shelby’s two stripe overalls were never questioned.
Since 350 aims to stand at the top of the lineup, it’ll receive only top-class materials in its cabin. Recaro leather seats will be standard for better support, and smaller steering wheel will also find its place in new Shelby. 8-inch touch screen display in the instrument panel will be responsible for infotainment purposes, and either nine or twelve speakers will be responsible for audio system’s functionality. Safety features will also be carried over, and beside all the standard options, Shelby Mustang will offer a rearview camera, reverse parking sensors, adaptive cruise control and blind-spot monitors, all as standard as well.
2016 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 specs
Shelby 350 should get the same powertrain that top GT models of a conventional lineup have. This means that new Mustang will be moved by a 5.0L V8 engine which should be able to make around 550 horsepower thanks to the better airflow through the hood. Transmission will almost certainly be limited to 6 speeds and will be manual. All of this means that people in Ford don’t intend to top their outgoing Shelby 500 models, at least not yet.
2016 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 price and mpg
Given the fact that 5.0L V8 Mustangs are rated at 15 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway, it can safely be expected that Shelby 350’s strength will further downgrade the figures, but not by a large margin. Price, on the other hand will soar high as Shelby nameplate gives this right to Ford. Expect it to cost around $50,000 which is almost $15,000 more than the price tag of GT Premium Fastback model which currently sits atop the Mustang lineup.