2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350R debuts with aggressive look

Ford is introducing its new 2020 Mustang Shelby GT350R, and according to Ford, it picks up new performance tech and colours from its stablemates to make it more fun to drive on the track and off.

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The Mustang Shelby GT350R gets redesigned front suspension geometry with a redesigned high-trail steering knuckle leveraged from the all-new Shelby GT500. There is a new steering rack and recalibrated electric power steering control is also added.

“It’s always been our plan to take the latest innovations from the GT500 program and strategically apply them across the Mustang lineup,” said Ed Krenz, Ford Performance chief program engineer. “These latest updates to the GT350R keep its performance competitive and on the top if its game, whether that’s on the track or on the street.”

GT350R continues to also deliver against aggressive targets for weight reduction with a rear seat delete and carbon fibre wheels. Exhaust resonators also have been removed for weight savings with the benefit of creating a sharper exhaust tone.

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For customers seeking more comfort in their Shelby GT350R, Ford offers an available Technology Package with a 12-speaker B&O premium sound system, Blind Spot Information System with Cross-Traffic Alert, Cobra Puddle Lamps and voice-activated navigation.

Also standard are carbon fibre wheels, larger front splitter and rear wing.

Standing apart from GT350, GT350R features distinct design details. Exterior touches include red-painted brake callipers, red pin striping at the edges of the optional over-the-top racing stripes and Shelby GT350R badging. Inside is high-contrast red stitching, Shelby GT350R badging and the D-shaped steering wheel fitted with a red centre mark at the top.

The refreshed Shelby GT350 carries over previous updates, including the latest advances in tire, aerodynamics and chassis technology. GT350 shares some new Mustang colours and new driver technologies.

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Grabber Lime and Twister Orange are two bright, new heritage feature colours that trace back to the 1970s, while new Iconic Silver and Red Hot Metallic provide some classic hues to the lineup.

Under the hood, there’s a 5.2-litre V8 with a flat-plane crankshaft giving it a different sound from other Mustangs. The mill produces 392 kW and 582 Nm of torque.

The only gearbox option is a six-speed manual.