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Sunday, May 24, 2015

Prototype Shelby GT350 Spotted on the Town

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The cat is out of the bag. Ford performance devotees have been ogling over the all-new 2016 Shelby GT350 for some time now, ever since its grand reveal at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show. But it would appear Ford isn’t done putting its high-horsepower athlete through its paces. 
 
Snap-happy redditor Blackmachdown recently took these four photos of a pre-production Shelby, which was spotted out and about in the real world. The car would appear to be identical to the GT350 models shown recently, but perhaps there are a few subtle nuances that the more eagle-eyed fans can pick out.


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If there’s one thing the ’16 Shelby will be… it’s fast. The GT350 packs a naturally aspirated, flat-plane crank 5.2-liter V8, pushing out over 500 horsepower and 400 lb-ft of torque. And in keeping with the GT350 lineage, it will put that power to the road in a big way, featuring a continuously-variable MagneRide suspension, limited-slip differential, floating brakes, aluminum knuckles, hubs, and bearing assemblies, among other treatments that are unique to this model.
 
The pre-production version shown here provides a nice look at those massive, race-inspired floating brakes (394mm in front, 380mm in rear), as well as the blacked-out 19-inch aluminum alloy wheels. Inside the cockpit, one of the cupholders houses a rather mysterious red button, and while the ejector seat idea was humored on reddit – providing “instant weight savings for the impromptu street race” – it’s more than likely a kill switch for prototype safety reasons.


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The Shelby GT350 and even more hardcore GT350R ship in full for the 2016 model year, however a scant 100 versions will receive a limited production run wearing 2015 model year VIN numbers, in honor of the car’s 1965 anniversary. Rarer still, only 37 GT350R models will be produced for 2015.


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Pricing has yet to be announced for either model, but rumors suggest a base price for the GT350 in the low to mid $50,000 range. Given all that the hot Shelby comes with, that mark sounds entirely plausible.


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