Developed as Ford’s ultimate Mustang for the racetrack, the 2015 Mustang Shelby GT350 provides track performance previously never seen on a Mustang. As with all Mustangs however, the new GT350R also has to perform valiantly at the drag strip and in the U.S recently, one did just that.

The bright red Shelby GT350 managed to set an 11.96 second quarter mile at a 116 mph trap speed. While such a time isn’t mindblowing, it is noteworthy for the fact that the car has a six-speed manual transmission and most importantly, is naturally-aspirated yet capable of sticking with forced induction muscle cars like the previous-gen Camaro ZL1. Admittedly, the Mustang was running on drag tyres.

Powering the GT350 and the GT350R is a 5.2-litre naturally-aspirated V8 engine with a flat plane crank. That engine pumps out a total of 526 hp and 429 lb-ft of torque. Peak power is reached at 7500 rpm while maximum torque is found at a lower 4750 rpm. Interestingly, 90 per cent of torque is available from 3450 rpm to 7000 rpm.

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