The 2020 Ford Shelby Mustang GT350R is set to arrive with some of the same toys given to the upcoming GT500.
We’re all very excited about the soon-to-arrive Ford Shelby Mustang GT500, but we’re all forgetting about the GT500’s little brother, the GT350. It’s still a fantastic car with plenty of power, and Ford is trying to keep people interested in the first performance pony car by stealing some of the fancy new tech from the GT500.
Starting with the suspension. Ford says that the GT350R will use the same front suspension geometry and high-tail steering knuckle as its bigger brother, while also getting a brand new steering rack and a recalibrated electric power steering control.
The GT350 will also share its carbon fiber wheels with the GT500, although it will have a slightly smaller carbon fiber rear wing and front splitter than the more performance-oriented GT500.
Other improvements include the removal of the resonators from the GT350R's exhaust for additional weight savings (without sacrificing the GT350's exhaust note), and also an optional rear-seat delete to make it far harder to be the designated driver for all your drunk friends.
Ford's press release also mentions the Technology Package will include a 12-speaker B&O premium audio system, blind-spot monitoring with cross-traffic alert, and voice-activated navigation. Every GT350R will get FordPass Connect as standard, which includes a phone app that lets you locate your parked car, lock and unlock the vehicle at will, and check on the GT350R's status including fluid levels.
Finally, we've got four new colors to add to the GT350's paint shop: Grabber Lime, Twister Orange, Iconic Silver, and Red Hot Metallic. The first two are a bit brighter than the second two, and will also be available on the GT500.
“It’s always been our plan to take the latest innovations from the GT500 program and strategically apply them across the Mustang lineup,” says Ed Krenz, Ford Performance chief engineer. “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.”
No word on pricing or power, but we expect the GT350R to come with the same 5.2-L V8 as the 2019 model.