two thousand seventeen Ford Shelby GT350 review: Overkill at the highest level

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Source:   —  October 12, 2017, at 6:24 PM

I liked them on the EcoBoost Mustang I just drove, I like them on the 5.0 Mustang I just drove, and I love them on my personal two thousand fourteen GT, Margaret.

two thousand seventeen Ford Shelby GT350 review: Overkill at the highest level

I’m an advocate of Ford Performance parts. I liked them on the EcoBoost Mustang I just drove, I like them on the 5.0 Mustang I just drove, and I love them on my personal two thousand fourteen GT, Margaret. But this Shelby GT350 doesn't necessity more Ford Performance parts. The thing is already a catalog of them.

Starting with the engine: Ford’s 5.two-liter flat-plane crank V8 is wonderful on the stock car, sounds love a race car from the one thousand nine hundred sixty, screams at 5.000 and shatters glass at 8.000. There’s number necessity to add more sound. The $2.395 Ford Performance cat-back exhaust system is just overkill here. It might actually sound a small worse. Second, I don’t know if it increases the vibration in the car. It definitely does in your eardrum -- I felt love I got out of a concert latest night when pulling up to my house -- but at super high rpm, the short-throw shifter ($359) and shift knob ($79) were rattling. I’m not sure if that was due the high rpm or shoddy installation, but it was annoying.

But I do like brief throws and red, cue-ball-size shift knobs. I’d surely hold these parts, and I’d debate putting them in my own car, had the stock toss been any longer. This setup has only about four inches of movement, front to back, meaning quick shifts obtain even faster. And you’ll wish to shift quick in this car to hold the stunning quantity of momentum going forward.

The GT350 is laughably quick. Thrust the throttle all the way, at minimum from a stop, and it’ll obtain the tires spinning so quickly you’ll think you got caught in a freak snowstorm. The GT350 is one hundred eighty-nine inches long. I’d bet that if you'd a square box that measured two hundred inches by two hundred inches, you could pin it and spin the car without hitting the sides. It’ll twirl love a ballerina.

So, that light throttle pedal matches well with its light steering, light clutch and touchy brakes. Those combined create this car feel five hundred pounds lighter than its real curb wt of three.760 pounds. That’s mostly good. The GT350’s reaction times are Usain Bolt-fast. At the limit, there’s a tiny bit of tension, considering a light press of the gas, stab of the brakes or jerk of the wheel (I know, you’re not supposed to be doing any of those things at the limit) could spit you greatly off course or into a stationary object.

That’s not to declare there’s number road or steering feel. Quite the contrary: In sport mode, the wheel gets a small more wt and the Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires really grip the grooves in the road. I like that. It’s so scarce to obtain any, ANY road perceive through the wheel these days. Love I said, it’s just super fast with the inputs.

The brakes are, and I think I’m repeating myself after my first drive of the car, some of the best street-car brakes in the world. Deceased serious. After one inch of movement, the pedal is firm and you’re already starting to scrub speed. Two inches in: You’re stopped.

This specific model came with lowering springs, which I'd also skip. The GT350 is already low enough; the additional inch or so had me scraping the underlip on my driveway, coming into work, and basically anywhere else that'd more than a nine % incline. As for body control, I only hit a few tough bumps that made me wince; the rest of the time it felt perfectly acceptable on our shoddy Midwestern roads.

I like the Recaro bucket seats, though I love mine from the two thousand fourteen model year better. These will hold your butt in space and you won’t necessity to utilize any extraneous body parts (knees, elbows) as braces around tight corners. The hip point is just right for me at 5-foot-10, but I’m mostly legs. Our fearless boss is mostly torso and 6-foot-three; he wouldn’t be able to wear a helmet, even at the seat’s lowest setting.

I've a few cabin-related quirks and a few things I love. The Sync 3 system worked OK, but once Apple CarPlay was enabled, I didn’t know how to obtain back to the residence screen for nav and additional climate functions. I also noticed the reflection of the expressway lights on the front-facing edge of the trunk, which kept taking my eyes to the rearview thinking someone was behind me or whizzing by. I didn’t notice it on the first drive, but I didn’t drive it at night, so I can’t be sure. Otherwise, the rear seats are acceptably small; I think I threw a car seat and a kid back there latest time I'd one, and visibility isn’t great. I do love the goldish/bronzish accents on the volume, tuning and climate controls. I’ve never noticed that before, either -- it might be new for 2017.

I recommend the GT350 to anyone looking for a Level 3 pony car -- something over the standard V8, which I consider Level 2. In fairness, I refuge’t driven the 1LE or the ZL1 Camaros yet. The 1LE would be outgunned, I’d guess, and the ZL1 is way more powerful. I guess I can’t create a final judgment until I drive them both, but the GT350 is a must-drive if you’re in the market for a $50.000 sports car. I said it before and I’ll declare it again: It’s the best Mustang ever produced, hands down.

Ford Performance active cat-back exhaust ($2.395)

Ford Performance oil separator ($398)

Ford Performance shifter kit ($359)

Ford Performance lowering springs ($359)

Ford Performance coil cover ($300)

Ford Performance wheel middle caps ($192)

Ford Performance badge ($99)

Ford Performance air filter ($89)

Ford Performance ruddy shift knob ($79)

Ford Performance windshield banner ($50)

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