2015 NAIAS: Ford’s Muscle Cars

Ford Squad
Ford Squad

Probably, this year’s Detroit Auto Show is the best event after economic crisis. Why? Because we can see new sport cars here, including Ford’s new muscle cars. They are Shelby Mustang GT350R and GT Concept.

Ford Shelby GT350R
Ford Shelby GT350R

First, I’m gonna write about Shelby Mustang GT350R. The name of GT350 isn’t a new thing. Back to 1965, when Ford and Caroll Shelby developed a race car based-on Mustang which is lighter, faster, and had a better suspension. And it’s become iconic Mustangs. And now, Ford’s bringing back the name (and add ‘R’ letter). With this muscle car, Ford wants to introduce its latest innovation in aerodynamics, chassis engineering, and light-weight construction sectors.

Ford Shelby GT350 R rear
Ford Shelby GT350 R rear

The two-door car is the first Ford which comes with naturally aspirated and flat-plane crankshaft V8 engine. The engine capacity is 5.2L with more than 500 hp and over 542 Nm of torque. In technical sector, Ford dropped its weight around 130 pounds. The engineers have removed air conditioning, audio system, rear seats, carpet, backup camera, emergency tire sealer, and inflator. But if you wanted more comfort when drive it, Ford offers optional the dual-zone air conditioning, 8-inch touchscreen, seven speakers audio system, and turn signal mirror.

Shelby GT350R cabin
Shelby GT350R cabin

The Chevy Camaro Z/28 rival, has revised spring rates and antiroll bars. Outside, Ford has thrown off its logo and replaced it with snake-ready-to-bite Shelby emblem on the grille. It looks more aggressive than the regular Mustang because the designer has added front skirt and honeycomb grille. The side skirt, big spoiler, rear diffuser, and four mufflers make GT350R even more dynamic. In the cabin, you’ll see white stitching seats, Shelby logo on steering wheel, and more.

2016 Ford Shelby Mustang GT350R will go on sale in Canada and USA later this year. And for your information, this car is street legal, too. So, you can drive around town with this beast.

Ford GT
Ford GT

Another muscle car from Ford that’s introduced at 2015 NAIAS is GT Concept. The rumor about GT has spread some time ago. Fortunately, that’s not a bullshit. It’s real! The GT is a perfect surprise for journalists who reported NAIAS. Ford describes GT Concept as ‘an ultra high-performance supercar’. Just like GT350R, the company using the concept car to show off latest EcoBoost performance, aerodynamic, and light-weight carbon fiber construction.

Ford GT rear
Ford GT rear

In order to save weight, Ford engineers using carbon fiber and aluminum which could make car has better acceleration and handling. From the exterior, we can see GT comes up with retro design like its predecessor. But it looks sportier and more dynamic. The coupe has 20-inch Michelin Pilot Super Sport Cup 2 that’s specifically designed for Ford GT. In the interior, you can find two-seat which is integrated directly to carbon fiber cell. The designer presents F1-inspired style steering wheel which looks unique.

Under the hood, there’s an EcoBoost V6 3.5L twin turbo. There’s no confirmation from Ford about its horse power. The automaker just said that it has more than 600 hp. Making it the most powerful EcoBoost ever built. It is mated with 7-speed dual-clutch transmission.

Ford GT cabin
Ford GT cabin

Ford GT will go on sale next year at the same time with 50th celebrate Ford’s victory at 24 Hours of LeMans competition. I’m so happy Ford finally back to muscle car segment and has a plan to release New GT next year. Seems like everyone are excited about it.

Text: Andhika Pradityo

Photos: Ford

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