Forbidden Love: British Journalist Drives the Ford Mustang Shelby GT350R

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One British auto reviewer learns why Americans are so lucky to be able to drive the Ford Mustang Shelby GT350R.

In the past, American automotive enthusiasts have been denied access to certain models. These days, a lot of cars once unavailable to U.S. buyers, such as the Ford Focus RS, are now in dealerships and ready to be driven – legally – on American streets.

Luckily, we’ve never been denied access to high-performance Mustangs, such as the Shelby GT350R. People in the UK, on the other hand, are not so fortunate. They can’t buy the track-focused version of the S550 Mustang. Ford was kind enough to send one across the pond for Car Throttle to test on the challenging, high-speed Thruxton Circuit.

Ford Mustang Shelby GT350R

It’s an unusual experience for CT’s Alex Kersten, but his comments about the 526-horsepower mega-Mustang are to be expected. He praises the Shelby for feeling planted and even comfortable on the track. Kersten points out how light – thanks to the deletion of its rear seats and AC and radio, and the addition of carbon fiber wheels – and lively the Shelby is. He falls in love with the power and torque from its naturally aspirated, flat-plane-crank 5.2-liter V8.

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During his time with the GT350R, Kersten repeatedly gushes over how terrific the sound from its quad exhaust tips is. He may enjoy the handling and the output, but it’s clear what he loves about the Shelby the most. Even though there’s more to the GT350R than just its sound, it’s hard to blame him. We drove the GT350R last year and were just as intoxicated by the snarl and furious roar that exploded out of its pipes.

Kersten finishes his review by doing what many people in this country get to do with their Shelby Mustangs whenever they want to: smoky burnouts. His time with the GT350R may have been limited, but he made it count.

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Derek Shiekhi contributes to a variety of Internet Brands’ Auto sites, including J-K Forum , Jaguar Forums, and 5 Series. He's also a member of the Texas Auto Writers Association.

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