Not good, but snappy and toxic than ever, a legend back: the new Shelby GT350 based on the new Ford Mustang exuberates only seems like aggressiveness with the rearing cobra in the emblem. No wonder: for the propulsion of the strongest built by Ford in series naturally aspirated engine ever makes. There are also technologies that are only known from a few Ferrari models. Unfortunately, the Shelby GT350 will not come onto the European market. All the more reason Americans can look forward to a particularly hot sports car that embodies pure performance and impact.
It was 1965 when the racing driver and tuning icon Carroll Shelby Ford Mustang turned a conventional first time in the 306-hp Shelby GT350 – at that time in terms of performance a real muscle game with a V8 engine. The indicia: All Shelby from 1965 were painted white and had blue stripes on request from the front to the rear and on the door sills. That was the beginning of a glorious Shelby versions of the Ford Mustang.
All-new engine: Here the wild horses go through
The heart of the muscle cars is a new high-revving 5.2-liter naturally aspirated V8 engine that generates 500 hp and a maximum torque of over 540 Nm. Power is transferred to the rear wheels via a 6-speed manual transmission. To improve traction, reaches a specially tuned Torsen limited-slip differential of used.
Aggressive, but finely polished to the last detail
The new Shelby GT350 demonstrates its power as the historical model to the outside. As the historical model painted in white and with blue stripes, the performance of the new Shelby improved a sophisticated design. Compared with the conventional Mustang lowered the makers from the new aluminum hood, while the front apron designed more aggressively. Large air vents are used to cool the V8 engine and the brakes. In addition, the openings of the hood serve that hot air can escape the engine compartment optimal.
The large front splitter and spoiler not only look sharp out, they also increase the pressure significantly. On beefy rear assume a powerful diffuser and a rear spoiler on the object. The wide fenders issued allowing a wider track. In addition, the makers of the Shelby GT350 another 50 millimeters deep laid against the Ford Mustang GT.
Suspension: As with Ferrari, Lamborghini and Audi
In particular, the chassis underwent an adaptation, also available at super sports car of the caliber of Huracans Lamborghini, Ferrari 458 Italia’s, a Corvette C7 or an Audi R8. Thanks Magne Ride (Magnetic Selective Ride Control = electronic damper control), the damping characteristic adjusts a special, controlled by magnetic hydraulic fluid in 10 milliseconds the road conditions and driving situation and thus improves handling significantly.
In addition, the driver can choose between five driving modes from comfortable to extremely sporty, affecting not only the damping characteristics, but also on the accelerator characteristics, the power steering, engine response, Traction Control, The stability Program and the sound of the exhaust system.
For maximum grip ensure “Michelin Pilot Super Sport” tires, the Ford to 10.5 x 21 inch wheels in front and 11.0 x 21 inch rims sized teased back. The galloping wild horses reins in a high-performance Brembo brake system. At the front, take 6-piston fixed calipers massive 394 millimeter brake discs uncompromising in the pliers. At the rear, there are counterparts with pistons and 380-millimeter wafers.
Cockpit: This Mustang wants to know
Even the cockpit of the 2016 Shelby GT350 directed from the makers of consistent sportiness. The Recaro sports seats offer sharp bends, an ideal lateral support and a high level of comfort in everyday life. Meanwhile, the flat-bottomed steering wheel makes it easier to get in and out. Chrome and glossy finishes reduced the makers clearly so that the driver is not distracted sun reflections.
The interior of the new Mustang Shelby GT 350 has been specially revised. Even at first glance like comfortable Recaro sports seats with exclusive upholstery fabrics. Upon request, in conjunction with the optional Technology Package also a leather interior available. For a sporty look beyond ensure the valves which dispense with redundant ornaments to avoid light reflection.
Drivers who want more comfort and entertainment, the “Tech Pack” can order. This package includes, among other things, leather-covered, electrically adjustable seats, a Shaker audio system, an 8-inch LCD touch screen and a dual-zone air conditioning.
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