RE: Ford Shelby Mustang GT350R | Spotted

RE: Ford Shelby Mustang GT350R | Spotted

Wednesday 28th August

Ford Shelby Mustang GT350R | Spotted

Left-hand drive isn't such a problem on race tracks, right?



The 2015 Detroit motor show was a huge event for Ford. Not only had it managed to keep the incredible GT a secret – perhaps even more of an achievement than creating one – it also announced to the world that the Raptor would ditch a supercharged V8 for a turbo V6. Indeed both it and GT had embraced downsizing, leaving V8 honour to be upheld by the third big Detroit debut – the GT350R.

And what a way to demonstrate Ford’s commitment to the V8. Using the same 530hp ‘Voodoo’ flat-plane-cranked 5.2 as the GT350, the R sharpened the package further with completely overhauled suspension, less weight, more aggressive aero and, somewhat unbelievably, carbon fibre wheels. Even four years later it’s a surprise to find carbon rims on the options list, and here they were as standard.


The GT350R represented – and continues to do so – many of the things enthusiasts feared would soon be going from their cars: high-revving atmospheric engines, manual gearboxes, rear-wheel drive and an unashamed emphasis on the driving experience. It delivered, too, albeit with PH experience limited to a track drive at Thruxton. “A load of fun to drive on circuit”, was the verdict, qualified by the lack of road experience and a fear that something so large and so stiff – make your own jokes – might prove a little overwhelming on the public highway. Certainly that’s the impression given by the first drive in the States, where Mike Duff actually preferred the 350 to the R on the road. Still, if you want focus, it’s very seldom that you get cossetting as well…

Now there’s a chance for a UK buyer to discover the full GT350R experience, with this 2019 example for sale. While the owner will have to battle with left-hand drive, this one is factory fresh, with 350 miles on it. The red-accented grey paintwork is a suitably menacing accompaniment to the pumped-up bodywork, a theme continued inside. Note too in the advert pics that the Mustang is parked about as close to a kerb as you’d like to be in a car with carbon fibre wheels – at least sitting on the wrong side means you’ll see it coming…

A price tag of £100,000 will inevitably draw some sharp intakes of breath, particularly with the 350R retailing for $67k in its homeland. But as well as the various costs associated with getting a car from the US to the UK, and a need to turn a profit, there’s a suspicion that this Mustang might be a little underpriced to begin with. 8,250rpm V8s and carbon wheels can’t come cheap, after all.


As a product of the USA and one never officially sold here, the Shelby is short of conventional rivals in the UK. The 911 GT3 will inevitably be discussed, but will surely represent a very different experience given its weight and layout, and that’s before mentioning that £100k will only buy a five-year-old one. The old C63 Black Series actually looks the closest alternative, rude bodywork and monstrous powertrain harnessed to a chassis of rare ability. The Mercedes will probably make the nicer road car, the Ford more rewarding on track, though again you’ll pay more money for an older car. And anyone intrigued by the Mustang engine – surely a key tenet of its appeal – will surely feel short changed by any Corvette equivalent.

Granted, nobody is expecting the GT350R to fly out of the showroom, given this represents another tiny cul-de-sac of charm in the Mustang’s already niche appeal. But surely even those usually turned off by Ford’s iconic pony car can see the attraction here; that the GT350R is so unlike a Mustang is what makes it great. The track days won’t be cheap in a Shelby Mustang, but what amazing fun they promise to be…


SPECIFICATION – FORD SHELBY MUSTANG GT350R

Engine: 5,163cc, V8
Transmission: 6-speed manual, rear-wheel drive
Power (hp): 533@7,500rpm
Torque (lb ft): 429@4,750rpm
MPG: 16. If you’re lucky
CO2: Pass
First registered: 2019
Recorded mileage: 350
Price new: $67,135 (MY2019)
Price now: £99,950

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cerb4.5lee

Original Poster:

12,330 posts

125 months

Wednesday 28th August
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So much want, love these. smokin

gigglebug

1,238 posts

67 months

Wednesday 28th August
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It is very cool. I always think that I would rather keep the rear seats in this type of thing though for the sake of saving 30KG odd on something that is relatively heavy, it is only a very small percentage of the overall weight after all. What level of aftercare would the UK vendor be able to offer on such a relatively low volume model in the event of any faults?

Nerdherder

1,286 posts

42 months

Wednesday 28th August
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Price new: $67,135 (MY2019)
Price now: £99,950

Right-o. I will sit this one out for a bit.

sleepera6

4,739 posts

42 months

Wednesday 28th August
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Wait for the GT 500

Gameface

9,682 posts

22 months

Wednesday 28th August
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Why would you paint the carbon wheels?

Strange decision.

Would look better without the red pinstripes too.

Darkslider

2,560 posts

134 months

Wednesday 28th August
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Pure porn. I wonder if the aero kit would be available to fit to a RHD car 🤔

AMGSee55

146 posts

47 months

Wednesday 28th August
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I don't generally like the shouty styling that goes with cars like this, but that is fantastic clap

Interior looks like a nice place to be too.

thelostboy

3,470 posts

170 months

Wednesday 28th August
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Something I'd want to drive properly before committing. Would love to see what the engine is like!

ben5575

2,066 posts

166 months

Wednesday 28th August
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Nerdherder said:
Price new: $67,135 (MY2019)
Price now: £99,950

Right-o. I will sit this one out for a bit.
This unfortunately.

It's a lovely lovely thing though.

gigglebug

1,238 posts

67 months

Wednesday 28th August
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ben5575 said:
Nerdherder said:
Price new: $67,135 (MY2019)
Price now: £99,950

Right-o. I will sit this one out for a bit.
This unfortunately.

It's a lovely lovely thing though.
Isn't the US price before whatever local taxes are aplicible though?

ben5575

2,066 posts

166 months

Wednesday 28th August
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gigglebug said:
Isn't the US price before whatever local taxes are aplicible though?
$67k = £55k + 10% Duty + VAT = £72k plus the shipping isn't it?

jimmsy

112 posts

72 months

Wednesday 28th August
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Gameface said:
Why would you paint the carbon wheels?
Because you kerbed them and don't want to pay for proper replacements?

markclow

89 posts

76 months

Wednesday 28th August
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Rather have a 2014 Camaro ZL1 at a much lower price.
Mind you it is a cool car.

gigglebug

1,238 posts

67 months

Wednesday 28th August
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ben5575 said:
gigglebug said:
Isn't the US price before whatever local taxes are aplicible though?
$67k = £55k + 10% Duty + VAT = £72k plus the shipping isn't it?
Yes, you are right in that respect. I was more coming from the point of view that it wouldn't be just the 67K for anyone buying one in the US, it is always just the purchace price without the tax quoted.

CaptainSensib1e

1,228 posts

166 months

Wednesday 28th August
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Love these. Whoever buys it will probably enjoy depreciation free motoring, could even make money.

If it was me though I'd got the non-R GT350 which has rear seats and normal wheels which you wouldn't be so worried about kerbing. Plus you should be able to buy and important a regular GT350 for about half the price of this one, which really looks like a bargain to me.

Johnspex

1,818 posts

129 months

Wednesday 28th August
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That's what a car should look like.

clivesuttonsales

2 posts

50 months

Wednesday 28th August
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Hi all,

As the supplying dealer we found it necessary to explain the pricing as with all imports its not as simple as changing the dollar sign into a pound sign. As the vehicle has the tech pack the actual vehicle cost is $70,230.00. In the Us the MSRP pricing strategy means Ford dealers charge premiums for vehicles in demand and charge sales tax on top of advertised figures.

See an open breakdown below:



Vehicle Cost 70,230
Ford Dealership charge $4,000.00
State tax @ 7% $4,916.10
Local Inland Shipping $1,200.00
Sub Total 80,346

Ocean Frieght to Uk - Including insurance $2,000.00
Duty $8,234.61
Sub Total $90,580.71

FX £1 $1.20
GBP Purchase Price (inc Duty) £75,483.93
CS management Fee £5,000.00
Uk homoligation / Uk Registration £2,500.00
Uk inland Shipping £500.00
Sub Total £83,483.93

VAT £16,696.79
Total Sale Price GBP £100,180.71
First Reg Fee £55.00
UK RFL £250.00

Offer Price £100,485.71

Gameface

9,682 posts

22 months

Wednesday 28th August
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Good post.

The mid engined Corvette thread was full of people who were expecting it to be a £60k car in this country.

Clowns.

unsprung

3,444 posts

69 months

Wednesday 28th August
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Careful with the greasepaint. wink

The C8 Corvette looks to be an official import -- meaning a direct transaction between the manufacturer (or its UK entity) and the UK retailer. This would create a slightly but notably different series of maths than in this thread.

Also... IIRC, the majority of the price-oriented comments on the popular C8 thread were expecting a GBP figure that, at the very least, begins with an 8.


Maldini35

2,155 posts

133 months

Wednesday 28th August
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I think it looks great.