Sixth-gen Mus­tang earns its stripes

The Star Early Edition - - NEW MODELS - DE­NIS DROPPA

HE Ford Shelby GT Mus­tang is an ic­nonic car prob­a­bly best re­mem­bered from the roar­ing 1967 GT500, nick­named “Eleanor”, that starred in Gone in 60 Seconds.

Now it’s back as the flag­ship of the new sixth-gen­er­a­tion Ford Mus­tang range, and un­der the Shelby GT350 Mus­tang’s striped hood is the most pow­er­ful nor­mally-as­pi­rated en­gine in Ford’s his­tory: a high-revving 5.2 V8 push­ing more than 500hp (373kW in metric terms) along with over 540Nm of torque.

Like the orig­i­nal Shelby GT350 launched way back in 1965, the new ver­sion builds on Car­roll Shelby's orig­i­nal idea of trans­form­ing a great ev­ery-day car into a dom­i­nant road racer. Driv­ing en­thu­si­asts be­hind the wheel of a Shelby GT350 can ex­pect to be treated to the most bal­anced, nim­ble and ex­hil­a­rat­ing pro­duc­tion Mus­tang yet, says Ford.

The GT350’s sus­pen­sion, brakes and aero­dy­nam­ics have all been beefed up to cope with the ex­tra power.

Along with the new-found in­de­pen­dent rear sus­pen­sion found on all sixth-gen­er­a­tion Mus­tangs (pre­vi­ous Mus­tangs all had a solid axle), the

TGT350 goes a step fur­ther by of­fer­ing con­tin­u­ously con­trolled Mag­neRide dampers that vary the sus­pen­sion stiff­ness and boost han­dling. The brakes are up­rated with big­ger discs and calipers, and the car wears sticky Miche­lin Pi­lot Su­per Sport rub­ber on 19” mags.

Rid­ing about 50mm lower than a stan­dard Mus­tang, the GT350 also has op­ti­mised aero­dy­nam­ics, and all body­work from the wind­shield for­ward is unique to this high-per­for­mance model.

Giv­ing the Shelby GT350 a more mus­cu­lar look are con­toured alu­minum front fend­ers to ac­com­mo­date the wider front track and wider wheel arches. The in­te­rior’s been sported up with spe­cially de­signed Re­caro sport seats and a flat-bot­tom steer­ing wheel.

A new in­te­grated driver con­trol sys­tem al­lows se­lec­tion of five modes that tai­lor the ABS, sta­bil­ity con­trol, steer­ing ef­fort, throt­tle map­ping, Mag­neRide tun­ing and ex­haust set­tings.

Un­for­tu­nately the Shelby GT350 isn’t headed for South Africa as part of the new Mus­tang coupé range be­ing launched here late next year. Lo­cal buy­ers will be of­fered the choice of a 320kW 5-litre V8 de­riv­a­tive or a 228kW four cylin­der 2.3 turbo.

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