Ford should make you sign a contract committing to go to the track every weekend before they’ll sell you a 2017 Shelby GT350. This 5.2-liter V8 Mustang may be related to the affordable coupe that bears the same nameplate but, by the time Ford Performance is through, it’s a very distant cousin. To be worthy of the rearing snake badge, the GT350 has to be more than special: it has to be capable of putting fear into Porsches.
It sure looks the part. The Shelby team takes the Mustang’s Coke-bottle body and gives it an aggressive makeover, with new front fenders, functional fender vents, a vent in the bulging aluminum hood, a rear spoiler, and a rear valance with integrated diffuser, among other changes. Indeed, it all works so well, it’s at the heart of the inspiration for the 2018 Mustang’s design refresh. Nonetheless, there’s no mistaking the differences between the regular car and the GT350, even in the fairly low-key Ruby Red Metallic paint of this particular example.
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