Race-ready, road-legal. Sounds like a giddy performance prescription from another era when automotive buff books ruled, no? Nope. Hardcore performance never gets old, and the 2017 Shelby GT350 version of the Ford Mustang runs about as hardcore as a muscle car gets. It also brags wicked-strong resale value that sticks to the car like the car's standard 19-inch Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires stick to asphalt.
Coupe: only. 5.2-liter naturally aspirated V8 engine (526 horsepower and a delicious 8,200-rpm redline): only. Six-speed manual transmission: only. Rear-wheel drive: always. Massive Brembo brakes: standard. Torsen limited-slip differential: standard. But even with all this and a track-qualified suspension, the Shelby GT350 need not be at a loss when it comes to everyday driving. Option packages are available that include manual Recaro bucket seats with power-adjustable, leather-trimmed sport seats, audio upgrades, navigation and more.
For 2017 Shelby GT350 models, Ford now includes the "Track Package" features -- cockpit-adjustable MagneRide damping system, front suspension aluminum tower bracing, a more dramatic rear decklid spoiler, and engine oil, transmission and differential coolers -- as standard equipment. And if the Shelby GT350 Mustang isn't quite hardcore enough for you, the limited-edition Shelby GT350R should suffice. GT350R highlights include extreme aerodynamics and suspension tuning, and a weight-reduction campaign that jettisons the GT350's rear seats, stereo, air conditioning, backup camera, and trunk floorboard and carpet.
Starting at about $56,500, the Shelby GT350 is certain to be a rare bird, and the $64,000 GT350R even rarer. This "exclusivity" will work in the car's favor when it comes to keeping resale value high.