“It is all about the engine… it sounds incredible and it delivers so much performance!”Sam Fane, Founder and Star, Seen Through Glass
As he’s a Brit, it should come as no surprise that Sam Fane (Seen Through Glass) could barely contain his excitement when he found out that he’d be getting behind the wheel of a 2016 Mustang Shelby GT350. You see, Europeans love American cars. And the Shelby GT350 is no ordinary American car. Rather, it’s a re-tuned, perfected version of the iconic American sports car: the Ford Mustang.
The tuned engine, which revs to just above 8,000 RPMs–very rare for a naturally aspirated V8– produces 526 horsepower capable of launching the car to 100 kph (60 mph) in 4.3 seconds. Drivers are also excited to find that, despite the high redline, and befitting of an American muscle car, a good amount of power is available low in the rev range. However, the car really starts coming alive above 4,000 RPM. Even more impressive than the stats, however, is the incredible soundtrack of the V8, “which… makes the car sound the part.”
What part, you ask? The chariot of he (or she) who wants to feel at once cool, powerful and aggressive. Of the Shelby GT350’s feel, performance and looks–the car boasst a mean aero package– Sam admits that Shelby gets it just right: “the perfect amount of aggressive… Not overdone… just… so, so cool!
For a car that Sam describes as “relatively basic and simple,” contributing to a feel that seems to charm so many, the 2016 Mustang Shelby GT350 does feature quite a plethora of driver tweaks. Drivers can choose from a whole selection of driving options to get the car to perform according to their desires, including a “drag strip” setting.
Indeed, straight-line is what the car is mostly about. Acceleration is the car’s strength; cornering doesn’t really compare to the GT350’s European competitors. But, that’s part of the good old ‘merican charm that attracts the European crowd. Like Sam.
Sam is pleased. And if Sam’s pleased, we’re pleased. The Shelby team strikes a perfect balance of understated aggressiveness and coolness. You may not set many lap records in this looker, but that’s not why you’re buying it. You want sound. You want style. You want straight-line power, all-American swagger. And the 2016 Mustang Shelby GT350 has ’em all.
4,783 mm / 188.3 in
1,928 mm / 75.9 in
2,720 mm / 107.1 in
1,658 kgs / 3,655 lbs
Front-engine, rear-wheel drive, 6-speed manual
5.2L Naturally Aspirated V8, 32 Valve, Port Injected
5,163 cc / 315 cu-in
526 hp @ 7500 rpm
429 lb-ft @ 4750 rpm
4.3 seconds, as tested
9.1 seconds, as tested
282 kph / 175 mph