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Friday, January 16, 2015

Shelby GT350R Convertible Looks Cool, Probably Won’t Happen


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Shelby GT350R Convertible photo

A 5.2-liter flat-plane crank V8, carbon fiber wheels, the removal of soundproofing and the rear seat. These are not things you’d find on your standard road car, or even on your standard muscle car. However, these are things you’ll find on the newly revealed 2016 Shelby GT350R, and it points to one thing – it’s a road-legal track weapon. Watch those rear-view mirrors, Camaro Z/28

While Ford has gone for a “sky is the limit” approach in its hardcore Shelby ‘R’ treatment, one thing the team probably won’t be stripping out is…well…the top. Nevertheless, the above is what a drop top GT350R would look like.

Shelby GT350R photo

The render comes from Photoshop magician X-TOMI Design, and all-in-all, it looks fantastic. But we presume it doesn’t quite meet Ford’s “if it didn’t make the car go faster, it was considered for deletion” mantra. Though since the GT350R doesn’t come with air-conditioning as standard (part of the Electronics Package), perhaps a little cross-breeze wouldn’t be so bad.

Underneath the hood, the Shelby mounts that aforementioned exotic flat-plane V8, which we’re told will crank out over 500 horsepower and 400 lb-ft of torque. However no concrete performance details have surfaced yet. We can tell you it will be properly loud though. In addition to the soundproofing removal, Ford deleted the GT350R’s exhaust resonators.

What do you think, Internets? Yay or nay on the drop top Shelby ‘R’?