2011 Shelby GT350 to Get 624-Horsepower Option
Already got your deposit in on a 525-horsepower 2011 Shelby GT350? You may want to give them another call, as they've just announced a new 624-horsepower "R" tune upgrade you'll want to get in on.
That's right, Shelby's now getting 624 horsepower out of the supercharged Ford 5.0-liter V-8 thanks to a blower upgrade. Unfortunately, that's the only specification they've released on the new upgrade, so torque and performance numbers will have to wait. Regardless, if you're a firm believer in the Shelby hierarchy, fear not as they do offer an 800-horsepower GT500 Super Snake to even things out.
"Our goal was to build the ultimate small block muscle car," said John Luft, president of Shelby American. "The results show that the Shelby GT350 takes American performance to an entirely new level. In recent tests, the standard supercharged car hit 60 miles per hour in just 3.7 seconds and ran the quarter-mile in 12 seconds flat at 121.4 mph, all while generating 1.05g of lateral acceleration and stopping from 60 mph in only 107 feet. We believe the 'R' tuned GT350 will be even faster."
Of course, your GT350 options aren't limited to only "more" and "even more." If blowers aren't your thing, Shelby will build you a naturally-aspirated GT350 with 430 horsepower, a slight improvement over the stock Mustang GT. For those planning to autocross the car and who therefore aren't allowed to modify the engine, there's also a GT350 model with suspension, body and brake upgrades only. An automatic transmission is also available on non-supercharged models.
This, of course, leads us to the pricing. Starting price for the autocross special is $26,995 plus a brand new 2011 Ford Mustang GT that you provide. Pick up a no-option model with no dealer mark-up at its $30,495 base price and a naturally-aspirated GT350 can be yours for just $57,490. If you gotta have that blower whine (and the 525 horsepower that comes with it), you'll need to part with $33,995 plus a new Mustang, or at least $64,490. Unfortunately, Shelby hasn't yet released pricing information on the "R" tune upgrade, but it'll no doubt cost a bit extra.
Source: Shelby American