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Nov 17

Ford Shelby GT350 Mustang is a lean, mean, Z/28-fighting machine [w/video]

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Ford Shelby GT350

If there's one thing you can count on, it's that the renewed rivalry between the Ford Mustang and Chevrolet Camaro will never, ever cease. For every version of Ford's pony car, there's an equally potent Chevrolet. And so with the debut of the Camaro Z/28 earlier this year, Ford has responded with a track-focused 'Stang of its own, resurrecting the Shelby GT350 name.

It looks to be a fine piece of work, this Mustang, with power coming from a naturally aspirated 5.2-liter V8 that will produce "more than 500 horsepower" and "above 400" pound-feet of torque. That grunt runs to the rear wheels via a six-speed manual transmission, and a Torsen limited-slip differential keeps everything in line.

But that's hardly the most impressive piece of the GT350 puzzle. Ford has increased the Mustang GT's chassis stiffness for duty here in the Shelby, and the coupe employs MagneRide damping which automatically adjusts based on road conditions and driver inputs. It's a first both for the Blue Oval and for the segment. And speaking of firsts, the GT350 uses a flat-plane crankshaft - something Ford has never included in a production V8 before.

Rather than just bolt on bits to a standard Mustang, Ford has redone much of the car's bodywork, making this one seriously mean-looking 'Stang. In fact, all of the sheetmetal ahead of the windshield is new in an effort to improve aerodynamics.

See the Shelby GT350 for yourself in our live gallery, above. And scroll down below for a video featuring the car's ferocious exhaust note.

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