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Kez Casey | Jul, 31 2015 | 6 Comments

The drip-feed of information continues for the baddest factory Mustang of them all, with Ford announcing some key info about the Shelby GT350R.

Their boldest claim? That the GT350R is as quick on a racetrack as Porche’s competition-grade 911 GT3.

That statement comes with a small ‘conditions apply’ caveat though. Not every racetrack, you see - for now that feat was measured at Michigan’s Grattan Raceway.

The actual lap time remains a closely guarded secret for now. Ford also claims that its new rocket is a second quicker than traditional rival, the Camaro Z/28.

Ford also released a weight figure for the car. The stripped down GT350R does without a radio, air conditioning, or a back seat, and tips the scales at 1656kg.

Another contributing factor is the use of weight-saving carbon fibre wheels, in place of traditional alloy wheels, developed and made in Australia.

Power is rated at 392kW at 7500rpm, while the engine is capable of revving to a phenomenal 8250rpm. That makes it the highest revving V8 in Ford history.

Certainly then, that’s all the good new out of the way, now for the bad news.

The Shelby GT350R, and it’s slightly plusher, but no less manic GT350 sibling, aren’t likely to see an Australian berth.

The order books are currently open for the turbocharged four-cylinder Mustang EcoBoost and V8 GT coupe and convertible. The Mustang is set to debut in Australia later this year.

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