Shelby GT350 Mustang: the nightmare of the BMW M4 is a poisonous snake

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The Los Angeles Show has been the place that Ford has used to present the Shelby GT350 Mustang. At this time, we are talking about the most powerful and radical Ford Mustang of the current generation, in the absence of knowing the GT500 – that could overcome the barrier of 700 hp to fight with the Challenger Hellcat. But here we are not talking about a wild cat, but about an extremely poisonous cobra that inhabits in the nightmares of BMW M4.

Designed with the circuit in mind, fast, light and with all the Carroll Shelby legacy behind it. The M4 shakes in a once placid dream …

Shelby GT350

Most Powerful Naturally Aspirated Engine in Ford History

Because the life of the party is a new 5.2 V8 engine designed by the best of Ford’s performance division. This naturally aspirated flat crankshaft – a novel use in American and Ford engines – will develop an output of more than 500 hp, with a maximum torque of more than 540 Nm. Ford hasn’t provided exact figures, but we’re talking about an advantage over the BMW M4 of more than 70 CV and a practically identical motor torque.

Ford boasts this engine boasts sensational torque delivery, transmitted to the unfiltered rear axle via a six-speed manual gearbox. No announcement has been made regarding automatic gearboxes; no problem on my part. But power is useless without good dynamics and impeccable handling. Ford claims that it has not forgotten it, and that it is, in fact, its highest priority.

Shelby GT350

An elusive and aggressive snake

Several details show that Ford is not joking with its Shelby GT350 Mustang, the traditionally more dynamic and agile version of the Mustang range, which in the present generation features independent rear suspension. One of these details is the provision of a mechanical self-locking on the rear axle, carbon fiber turret bars for the front suspension. The front track is wider, the suspension noticeably lower.

All bearings have been recalibrated, with a much stiffer suspension in position. MagneRide electronic dampers calibrate their stiffness based on the road surface, reading the road with millimeter precision. The 19-inch wheels are covered in a Michelin Pilot Super Sport compound with a sidewall custom designed for the Shelby GT350. The torsional rigidity of its chassis is 28% higher than the Shelby GT350 previous.

The Shelby Mustang GT350 It has five driving modes, in which you can individually alter the operation – and the permissiveness – of stability control, traction control and ABS. Stopping this beast is possible thanks to a high-level braking equipment, with Brembo brakes with six-piston front calipers – and 394 mm discs – and four-piston calipers for the rear axle, accompanied by a not inconsiderable ventilated disc of 380 mm.

Shelby GT350

Carbon fiber, aluminum and aerodynamics

Aesthetically, the Shelby Mustang GT350 It raises the aesthetics of the Mustang GT to another level, thanks to a much more aggressive body kit. In addition to looking more sporty, it performs an invisible aerodynamic function. The hood is made of aluminum and has been redesigned, the diffuser sticks the car to the ground at high speed, improving stability and the front bumper and air intake have been sculpted in carbon fiber. All this could be summed up in two words: little joke.

Of its interior we do not have images, but from Ford they speak of Recaro sports seats specially designed for the GT350 and an interesting technological pack, without going any further in the search for high performance: it does not have a roll cage or it suppresses comfort. In short, it is a vehicle designed to sweep the Nürburgring or Laguna Seca, but without neglecting daily usability.

The same idea behind a car like him BMW M4, but to the American.


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