2017 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 vs Shelby GT350R Comparison

2017 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 vs Ford Mustang Shelby GT350R

2017 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350

Engine:

5.2 L V8

Horsepower:

526 hp

Torque:

429 lb-ft

Fuel Economy:

14 city / 21 hwy mpg *

Transmission:

6-speed manual

2017 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350R

Engine:

5.2 L V8

Horsepower:

526 hp

Torque:

429 lb-ft

Fuel Economy:

14 city / 21 hwy mpg *

Transmission:

6-speed manual

2017 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 vs 2017 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350R

Serving Seneca, Anderson, Greenville, Greer, Clemson, SC

With the 2017 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 and its GT350R variant, you've got two fun styles that refuse to compromise on speed. These two track-worthy rides are sure to make every trip more fun, even if it's just across town.

Performance

When it comes to capability, the 2017 Shelby GT350 is one of the most competitive sports cars on the market. Horsepower approaches supercar levels thanks to a 5.2-liter V8 with its high-revving flat-plane crankshaft. The engine delivers 526 horsepower and 429 lb.-ft. of torque. Keeping the driver in control, there are aggressive brakes and MagneRide dampers. Aerodynamic exterior aids the Mustang in its track-worthy efforts. The GT350R has revised suspension tuning and special body enhanced to make it even faster. For better handling, it has a Torsen rear differential and Brembo brakes. It’s strengthen by a front suspension tower brace and protected by three engine-related coolers. Since it is built for two, the GT350R is just a bit smaller and lighter than the regular GT350. This gives it a slightly better horsepower-to-weight ratio. It also tightens the turn circle. Of course, you enjoy the same engine horsepower and torque as well as the other standards of the four-person GT350.

Appearance

The dynamic styling statement made by the exterior lines is more than window dressing. Every element contributes to the vehicle’s aerodynamics. A unique vented aluminum hood is matched to an aggressive front splitter and wide aluminum vented front fenders. The rear has a spoiler and an integrated diffuser. The GT350R adds carbon-fiber wheels, a front chin splitter and rear wing add to the aggressive appearance.

While the GT350 seats four, the GT350R seats only two. Headroom and legroom are the same for the front row occupants in both vehicles. The two styles are quite similar in looks and amenities. The interior is packed with quality materials and the latest conveniences. A Sync 3 system gives you a touchscreen with an easy-to-use menu. It works with simple smartphone-style swipe and pinch gestures. Dressed with simulated suede inserts, the Recaro front seats keep you in place on life’s sharpest curves. You can also upgrade to sport seats with power-adjustments, power-heat, and power-ventilation.

Safety

The Mustang earned a five-star safety designation from the federal crash testers. Indeed these high-powered Mustangs have eight airbags and a serious attitude toward safety. Brembo brakes help ensure excellent stopping power. As auto critic Edmunds reported, these brakes help it stop in a remarkable 101 feet. A rearview camera watches for trouble during reverse-gear driving. After-crash safety is enhanced by Ford’s SOS alert. If the Mustang airbags deploy, it can summon help without any action from the driver.


With a large Mustang inventory available, there's fun waiting at Lake Keowee Ford. Ask our staff to show you the GT350 and R variant. You can take a test drive and feel the thrill of 525 horsepower at your command. Contact your local Ford dealership to schedule a test drive today near Clemson, SC.

* EPA estimated MPG may vary by transmission, trim and individual driving behavior.