On April 17, 1964, Lee Iacocca changed the automotive landscape forever when Ford released the Mustang to the public. About 6 months later, the desire to give that car a performance upgrade led to the infamous partnership with Carrol Shelby and the production of the first GT350. Fast forward more than fifty years after that and the Ford/Shelby partnership has arrived at what many consider the pinnacle of Mustang development. Housing one of the greatest engines currently being produced in America today, the Voodoo 5.2L naturally aspirated V8 which produces 525 horsepower and 420 lb/ft of torque. Sporting seriously high-end carbon fibre wheels along with an endless list of heavy-duty performance upgrades, this car delivers all the thrills of a European exotic sports car while costing only a fraction of the price.
In recent years, most car manufacturers have decided to style their high-performance models in such a way that there is no mistaking them for the less expensive, slower counterparts. Unfortunately, the automotive design world is almost completely void of nuance. The GT350R is a refreshing contradiction to this policy. Instead of the excessive use of carbon fibre and limited edition badging, subtlety and quality reign superior. While the car is a sight to behold, the true joy of this vehicle is reserved for the driver, and what a joy it is. With over 500hp fed to the rear wheels all linked up to a 6-speed manual gearbox, the GT350R is an honest, capable and flat out fun sports performer. Don’t we all need a little more of that in our lives?