The Mustang GT350R Is a Screaming Exotic at Muscle Car Prices

You can't buy much supercar for $63,500, but you can buy a helluva lot of Mustang.

Ford Mustang GT350R Drive

Its name evokes tire shredding and stoplight foolery, but the Shelby Mustang GT350R wants you to know it's sick of being typecast as a street fighter.

In fact, thank you very much, the GT350R would like an invite to the supercar party. Shedding its rough-trade image, the newest Shelby Mustang has a free-revving, flat-plane-crank V8 with raspy Italian undertones, carbon-fiber wheels weighing less than the tires around them, and a track-day focus that, at long last, puts Detroit on the same playing field as Stuttgart and Maranello.

Goodies like a Tremec six-speed gearbox, a Torsen differential, 15.5" Brembo brakes, magnetic ride shocks, and more downforce at 100 mph than a Porsche 911 GT3 deliver a holistically dynamic driving experience. Add a back-loaded torque curve and you get pony-car attitude at a higher all-around performance level than we'd ever thought possible from a Mustang.

Just listen to it on the straights at Thunderhill.