Ford put a cap on the number of Shelby Mustang GT350 and GT350Rs that will be produced in 2015 to represent the very limited numbers in which the original GT350 was built. Just 100 GT350s and 37 GR350Rs will be made, however those 137 customers are now one step closer to receiving their ultra-exclusive pony car, with production at Ford’s Flat Rock Assembly plant commencing on Thursday, August 20.
The Mustang GT350 and GT350R are two of the most highly anticipated performance cars from Ford ever. A unique 5.2-liter flat-plane crank V8 produces 526 horsepower and 429 lb-ft of torque, which is sent to the rear wheels through a 6-speed manual transmission. Couple that with finely-tuned track-ready suspension, effective aerodynamic elements and massive Brembo brakes and you have one serious track day toy. Trust us, we found out first hand.
The start of GT350 and GT350R production marks an important milestone in Mustang history, a fact which is far from lost on Ford.
“This is a special day for all Mustang enthusiasts,” Ford executive chairman Bill Ford said in a statement. “We have taken the GT350 formula to the next level of innovation, style and performance. Today the legend continues.”
Once the entire 137-car run for 2015 has been made, workers at Flat Rock will begin to produce the 2016 model year vehicles. Ford has yet to say what kind of numbers it will make the GT350 and GT350R in, but don’t worry, there will be much, much more than 137.