2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350R Unveiled With GT500 Mechanical Upgrades

Ford has just announced a series of revisions for the 2020 Mustang Shelby GT350R, inspired by its more powerful sibling, the new GT500.

Changes include the redesigned front suspension geometry, which features new high-trail steering knuckle, like in the latest GT500. Additionally, drivers will be encouraged to attack corners faster than before thanks to the new steering rack and recalibrated power steering control.

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

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Elsewhere, the 2020 Mustang Shelby GT350R carries over the previous updates in aerodynamics and chassis, while featuring standard carbon fiber wheels, large front splitter and rear wing. Contributing to further weight savings are the removed rear seat and exhaust resonators. Other novelties include the new Grabber Lime, Twister Orange, Iconic Silver and Red Hot Metallic exterior colors.

The FordPass Connect is now standard on the 2020 Mustang. The technology allows users to interact with the car using their smartphones to see where they parked, lock or unlock the doors and check the fuel and oil levels status and maintenance alerts. You can also specify the GT350R with the optional Technology Package, with B&O premium sound system with 12 speakers, voice-activated navigation, Cobra puddle lamps and blind spot information with cross-traffic alert.

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  • GPFan

    This could of done with a power boost by now. Something around the 410kw mark would of been nice!!

  • Six_Tymes

    impressive specs with a monster engine. I just wish the mustang was 5 inches shorter, and a bit lighter would be great too.

    • SteersUright

      amen.

  • eb110americana

    And do these modifications also apply to the regular GT350?

    Personally, I don’t get the idea of starting with a big 2+2 car and then ripping out the back seat. Might as well start with a lighter dedicated 2-seater, like the Corvette. But that’s just me. Some people just HAVE to have a Mustang.

    • I DON’T THINK FORD MODIFIES CORVETTES.

    • rodriguez256

      It’s pretty simple, Ford doesn’t produce a sports car with only two seats besides the Ford GT. Considering the huge price difference it makes sense for them to remove the seats of the Mustang. I’m not sure how that’s confusing at all.

  • Kagan

    I wonder if the GT 350R ain’t the better sportscar? GT 500 is more for pushing straight line and that is for non drivers and no manual too.

  • SOUNDS GOOD…AND EXPENSIVE.

  • Wandering_Spirit

    I’d get one any day over many European cars. And I would have never said so with previous generations.

  • Jay_Sam

    It is funny how you can get a base spec Mustang with modern facelift styling but the high end spec one with and old pre facelift styling. Ford needs to sort that out.

    • rodriguez256

      It’s due to packaging problems between the old front end and the new front end.

      • Jay_Sam

        It’s not my problem it’s ford’s problem to sort that out. No other automaker does that kind of weirdness

        • rodriguez256

          What problem? They’re selling just fine. So you’re saying you wouldn’t buy one of these beasts because they don’t have the new bumper? I’ll be sure to let ford know you’re not happy so they can change it all to include one more sale. They simply can’t change it because of clearance issues with the parts in the engine bay.

          • Jay_Sam

            Ease up man. Ford is not the only automaker to do a mid-cycle refresh of its cars. All others do that and if one model gets a facelift then it is adopted by all other modifications of the same car, incl. performance versions. But in the ford’s case it was an issue somehow and they couldn’t sort it out.

            Plus I let you know one secret. I work in the automotive industry and do not teach me the engine bay clearance issue. In ford’s case it could be solved in technical point of view. Problem was in financial point of view. Ford thought they wouldn’t be able to sell enough to cover all engineering expenses. Feeling sorry for ford.

          • rodriguez256

            Trust me I’m well aware about mod cycle refreshes, I’m sure everyone knows about those. I never made a comment that would make it seam like I didn’t. Either way I looked to see what I could find on the matter and it turns out it’s not clearance issues but like you mention a financial reason so to speak. After reading their reason I still have no problems with their reasoning.
            “Here’s what’s really going on: the Mustang Shelby models are fitted with what Ford calls a Carbon Composite front subframe. It serves to both reduce weight and stiffen the car’s chassis under heavy load. And in that regard, changing the design of the front end would require Ford to entirely re-engineer this bit of technology for the new shape. Considering the development costs of carbon fiber components, it would be hard to justify a facelift for the low-volume Shelby models, especially when – one would argue – it doesn’t need one.“

          • Jay_Sam

            Then subframe had to be engineered considering the future facelift of the model. I mean it had to have a universal joints and holes that does not obstruct the headlight housing when the headlight is reshaped. Or, if you consider that the facelift came a year or so later than Shelby models, then facelift had to consider the shelby adoption and carbon subframe adaptability. I can keep going.

  • casho2015

    Can’t wait to buy one locally…..oh wait

  • SteersUright

    With 10-12mpg I can’t see this as any more than a weekend or occasional toy. A badass one, but if I got it I’d want to daily-drive it. I wouldn’t though, thanks to a daily 30 mile commute and the fuel economy (that’s from a long-term, 40k, Road&track or some magazine test).

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