Shelby GT350 R Out Fuel Economies Chevrolet Camaro Z/28

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Look, when you’re purchasing a high-performance, track day car like the Ford Shelby GT350 R or even the Chevrolet Camaro Z/28, you aren’t looking at fuel economy. You care more about the Shelby’s trick┬áMagneRide magnetorheological ride control dampers, or the 8,250 RPM flat-plane crankshaft V8 engine. Miles-per-gallon just doesn’t factor into the equation.

But that doesn’t mean that it’s not worth mentioning, especially where there is a victory in the Ford corner in the fuel economy game. Last week, Ford launched the online configurator for the Shelby GT350 and GT350 R, and it included fuel economy numbers for both models (they’re the same, by the way).

At 14 miles-per-gallon in the city, and 21 on the highway, it bests the Z/28’s highway mileage by 2 mpg. While you won’t see those numbers on the racetrack, a more fuel-efficient engine means you can go longer and harder on the track without stopping for more go juice.

Now we know that so far, the Shelby GT350 R has scored two victories against the Z/28; price and fuel economy. We just need to see these two on a racetrack and settle the argument of which car is fastest.

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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