As many of you know, I am a diehard Ford and Shelby guy. As such, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on Ford’s then-new S550-generation GT350 when it was introduced in 2015. Why? Because the specs were not only mouth watering but also simply unheard of in this segment. For starters, even Ferrari doesn’t have the guts to try building a massive 5.2-liter flat plane crank V-8, let alone bolt one in a pony car. But Ford? That nobody else saw the need to produce such a thing didn’t seem to faze them, and the engineers let it spin to an 8250-rpm redline. Oh, and with 526 horsepower, 91 more than the GT at the time. The other hardware on the then-new GT350 was also pretty dreamy. Huge vented, floating, co-cast brake rotors front and rear (over 15 inches up front, with Brembo six-piston calipers), a unique GT350-only front clip with a carbon-fiber core support and aluminum panels, a bespoke Tremec TR-3160 six-speed transmission, and about a hundred other unique components throughout that made a GT350 a GT350. At least on paper, it was one of the most impressive bits of kit to ever roll out of Ford.
This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at https://www.hagerty.com/articles-videos/articles/2019/05/15/revised-2019-ford-shelby-gt350-drive