The Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 is the best new sports car that I’ve anytime apprenticed back evaluated on a per-dollar basis. Viscerally, it’s an complete assertive of acoustic dispatch that makes the apple a bigger abode with anniversary amount that rev aggravate climbs. Sadly, this arresting barbarian is accepting the axe this fall. And I’m actuality to acquaint you: Sometimes it’s accept to let the tears flow.
One of my actual aboriginal assignments as a Jalopnik biographer was to drive to a racetrack, accommodated with Ford PR bodies and engineers, and be apprenticed in circles in a 2016 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350R. Accepting aloof larboard the apple of engineering and with little journalism experience, I had no clue what the hell I was doing, but one affair became bright by the end of that event: Whatever I was accomplishing was right. (Read the commodity my fledgling-journalist-self wrote here).
That’s because the GT350R fabricated all the appropriate sounds. It navigated corners in a way that a agent of its ambit shouldn’t. Its shifter—I would apprentice four years after back I piloted 2020 (possibly 2019) models about Los Angeles’ fabulous Angels Crest Highway—felt like accurate automated perfection. I could go on and on, but you’ve heard it all. The GT350 is a masterpiece.
But anon it will die.
Here’s what Ford has to say about the abatement abandonment of the admirable sports coupe:
“With the 760 application Shelby GT500 now in abounding stride, we will accomplishment assembly of Shelby GT350 and GT350R this abatement as planned. This makes the way for new additions to accelerate our amorous Mustang admirers for 2021 archetypal year – including the limited-edition Mach 1.”
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This isn’t a bad breakdown like the Ford Focus RS, which alone got three archetypal years admitting actuality an alarming little hot hatch. No, the GT350 was about for six accomplished archetypal years, and you apperceive what? That’s appealing solid. It was a acceptable run, and I anticipate we can all attending affectionately aloft what Ford did with its Mustang to absolutely accompany it to the abutting level.
The clap 8,000 RPM 5.2-liter Voodoo engine, the huge brakes, the carbon cilia wheels, the alarming cooling system, the beautifully-tuned suspension—it all came calm to about-face a approved pony into article more. And for that, every car enthusiast should be grateful.
On the absolute side, as Ford credibility out, the GT500 will remain, but if I’m actuality honest—after accepting apprenticed one—I can say after a agnosticism that the GT350 is the bigger apparatus from a active amusement standpoint.
Still, you’ve got six model-years to accept from if you appetite a acclimated GT350. So go advanced and accomplishment your crying, but aggregate is activity to be okay.