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Sunday, November 30, 2014

A More Hardcore Mustang Shelby GT350 is Headed to Detroit




Shelby GT350

They finally took the wraps off of the 2016 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 at this year’s LA Auto Show, but that’s not the last of the news on the Mustang. Some of the news might not be what you want to hear if you’ve been waiting for a convertible version, but there is more to tell.

Ford usually unveils its GT500 convertibles at the Chicago Auto Show, but there are no plans to do the same for the GT350 because they aren’t making one. Ever. According to Road and Track, this was how Ford planned this car from the start.

Shelby Mustang GT350 convertible photo

Ford views this as a performance car that will be pushed to its limits. Cutting off the roof to turn it into a convertible wouldn’t work because it would reduce the stiffness of the GT350 to a point where it would kill the car’s performance. That kills the whole reason for buying a GT350 in the first place.

Now to to good news. Ford did say that a new GT350R is about to make its grand debut in just a few months at the Detroit Auto Show. They’re touting this one as a more track-focused Mustang set to have all sorts of aerodynamic styling modifications along with beefier brakes and more aggressive tires for better handling. Color us excited.

Shelby Mustang GT350 Rear photo

Look for it when the Detroit Auto Show opens up in January next year.