The Ford Shelby beat eight other high level contenders in the 2016 performance car of the year challenge.
The 2016 Ford Shelby Mustang GT350R is a winner. Although when the car was initially released it did not create much hype. The Ford Shelby has 526-horsepower and comes with a 5.2-liter V8 engine. The engine roars up to 8,250 rpm.
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When the Ford Shelby entered the Road & Track 2016 performance challenge it was considered an underdog. The Ford Shelby had the lowest as-tested price among the other cars in the competition.
The Ford Shelby also had power only middle of the pack when compared to others. However as fate would have it the Ford Shelby Mustang GT350R was the winner in the competition. The car won the Road & Track's 2016 Performance Car of the Year challenge. It seems the complete story was not revealed by Ford about its potent coupe.
To enter the R&T competition a model needs to be new or significantly updated. The R&T had eight impressive candidates for 2016. The candidates were the Bentley Continental GT3-R, Cadillac ATS-V Coupe and Chevrolet Corvette Z06 along with the Dodge Viper ACR, Mercedes-AMG GT S, and the Porsche Cayman GT4.
The challenge also included the Ferrari 488 GTB. The Ferrari was the most expensive of the bunch with an as-tested price of $347,942. The price of the Ferrari is five times more than the Ford Shelby.
"With a flat-plane crank and Sport Cup 2 tires, the GT350R is a Mustang turned up to 11," said Larry Webster, editor-in-chief of Road & Track. "Not only does the car have soul and harness so much firepower with such ease, but the real achievement here is that it's so approachable. It's a car you can't help but love."
The competition entitled hustling the cars over curving roads including on the National Corvette Museum Motorsports Park. Surprisingly the Ford Shelby Mustang turned up to 11 the highest score. As a result the Ford Shelby was the winner of the challenge.
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The Mustang Shelby GT350R became the winner by a runaway vote. According to Road & Track, "The only way the team at Ford SVT could get 526 hp from 5.2 liters—the fabled 100 hp per liter and then some—was to reengineer the whole thing into a bit of an insane race motor." The magazine goes on to say that the "GT350R is the Mustang that all Mustangs have been waiting to become."