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Ford to build Mustang Shelby GT350 and GT350R in limited numbers

Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 front quarter

Ford has announced it will be producing a limited run of 100 units the Mustang Shelby GT350, and just 37 units of the GT350R; the later in homage to the original GT350 competition model of 1965.

The Shelby GT350, which made its debut at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show last November, is essentially a more powerful version of the Mustang, with a 5.2-litre naturally aspirated V8 that is capable of churning out more than 388kW (520 bhp) or 75kW (100bhp) per litre.

Half of the GT350 will be equipped with the Technology Package, while the other half will come with the Track Package.

Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 side

“Fans of the Shelby brand are among the most passionate in the automotive industry,” said Henry Ford III, Ford Performance marketing manager.

“To honor the passion of our fans for Shelby GT350’s 50th anniversary, a limited run of GT350 models will be built in 2015; these cars will be highly coveted by both Mustang and Shelby enthusiasts alike.”

Ford Mustang Shelby GT350R front quarter

Meanwhile, the Shelby GT350R was first introduced at this year’s North American International Auto Show in New York. It is powered by the same 5.2-litre putting out more than 373kW (500 bhp) and 542Nm of torque. According to reports, the GT350R laps the Nürburgring in 7 minutes and 32.19 seconds.

Both versions come with 19-inch carbon fibre wheels, a limited-slip differential and six-speed manual gearbox.

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