Shelby GT350 and GT350 R Production Begins!

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Shelby GT350R Job 1 Ceremony

While there have been prototypes roaming around for awhile now, Ford’s assembly plant in Flat Rock, Michigan began churning out production Shelby GT350 and GT350 Rs for consumers as part of their build Job 1. On hand was Joe Hinrichs, Ford’s president of The Americas, and Bill Ford, Executive Chairman, to celebrate the momentous occasion.

Flat Rock is the only place on the planet that makes Mustangs, and they’ll even be producing the versions that are sold across the globe, including the right-hand drive markets. But, the Shelby GT350 and GT350 R models are extra special, and there are currently no plans to sell those vehicles abroad.

Shelby GT350R Job 1 Ceremony

The Shelby GT350 R is the most track capable Mustang ever produced, with MagneRide magnetorheological ride control dampers, carbon fiber wheels, extra lightweighting, and a 5.2L, flat-plane crank V8 making 526 horsepower.

All of the fun starts at $47,795 for the normal Shelby, and $61,295 for the R version.

It’s cheaper than the Chevrolet Camaro Z/28. It’s more fuel efficient than the Camaro Z/28. It’s more powerful than the Camaro Z/28. But is it faster? We can’t wait to find out!

What do you think? Let us know over in the forums!

Chad Kirchner is a regular contributor to Corvette Forum and Ford Truck Enthusiasts, among other auto sites.

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