2018 Ford Shelby GT350 Coupe

#7
in Compact coupes
2018 MODEL

$55,845 - $63,345

8.4

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Overview

What is a regular Ford Mustang with a racing-ready chassis paired with a powerful V8 engine called? It's called a Shelby GT 350. The muscular racetrack coupe is back with a few changes in the form of the 2018 Ford Mustang Shelby GT 350. This time Ford has geared-up the coupe for a stunning high performance. The GT is up for locking horns with racing-ready rivals to the likes of Camaro ZL1 and Hellcat.

Underneath the hood, the GT 350 packs an unforgiving 5.2L Ti-VCT V8 engine. It is paired with a 6-speed manual transmission mode for super performance. The 5.2L super-rev V8 engine is capable of delivering 526 hp of power and 429 lb.-ft. of torque.

The bid for 2018 Ford Mustang Shelby GT 350 starts from $55,940. There are a galore of performance and other packs for further fine-tuning the GT 350 ride as per the requirement. In the class, the Shelby GT 350 competes with the Mercedes-Benz AMG C-63. It also gives a run for money to the likes of BMW M4 and Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack.

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Pros

Superb trackability

Hi-class racing cabin

Strong engine options

Bold exteriors

A great deal of customization

Cons

High-rpm vibration

Substandard interiors

Quick but not among the quickest

What's New?

Minor changes in interiors

No mechanical changes


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$55845

bodystyle

2dr Coupe

passenger capacity

4

drivetrain

RWD

engine type

displacement

315 cu. in.

horsepower

526 hp @ 7500 rpm

torque

429 lb.-ft. @ 4750 rpm

transmission

6-speed manual

chassis

brake rotors (f/r)

15 in. ventilated disc brakes/15.5 in. ventilated disc brakes

dimensions

wheelbase

107.1 in.

length

188.3 in.

width

75.9 in.

height

54.2 in.

curb weight

3760 lbs.

ground clearance

5.3 in.

capacity

passenger volume

84.5 cu ft.

cargo volume

13.5 cu ft.

performance

zero to 60 mph

4 sec.

standing ¼-mile

12.3 sec.

braking (70-0 mph)

138 ft.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

14/16/21 mpg

highway range

336 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 years/36000 miles

drivetrain warranty

5 years/60000 miles

corrosion warranty

5 years/unlimited

roadside assistance

No



Styles

 2018 Ford Shelby GT350 Coupe in Oxford White color  2018 Ford Shelby GT350 Coupe in Shadow Black color  2018 Ford Shelby GT350 Coupe in Magnetic Black color  2018 Ford Shelby GT350 Coupe in Lightning Blue Metallic color  2018 Ford Shelby GT350 Coupe in Orange Fury Metallic Tri-Coat color
Oxford White

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Ratings

Features

8.0

Engine

9.1

Fuel Economy

7.7

Interior

7.9

Exterior

9.1

Safety

8.1

Driving

9.1

8.4

OVERALL RATING

Variant Name

MSRP


 2018 Ford Shelby GT350 Coupe 2dr Coupe

2dr Coupe

Fuel: Premium unleaded (recommended), Transmission: Manual, Seats: 4

$55,845

Configurations
2dr Coupe (5.2L 8cyl 6M)
Engine: V-8 Transmission: 6M
Drivetrain: RWD MPG: (14/16/21)
Torque: 429 lbs.-ft. @ 4,750 rpm

 2018 Ford Shelby GT350 Coupe R

R

Fuel: Premium unleaded (recommended), Transmission: Manual, Seats: 4

$63,345

Configurations
R 2dr Coupe (5.2L 8cyl 6M)
Transmission: 6M Drivetrain: RWD
MPG: (14/16/21) Torque: 429 ft-lbs. @ 4750 rpm

Expert Review


carhp editor October 16, 2018

8.4

Overall Rating


8.0/10
Features

 

9.1/10
Engine

 

7.7/10
Fuel Economy

 

7.9/10
Interior

 

9.1/10
Exterior

 

8.1/10
Safety

 
 
 

Underneath its hide, the Ford Mustang Shelby GT 350 packs an unforgiving 5.2L Ti-VCT V8 engine. It is paired with a 6-speed manual transmission mode for super performance. The 5.2L super-rev V8 engine is capable of delivering 526 hp of power and 429 lb.-ft. of torque.

Features

8.0/10

Ford Mustang Shelby GT 350 has no trims, although a variant of the racing coupe exists as Shelby GT 350R. The 2018 Ford Mustang Shelby GT 350 comes with a plethora of standard as well as optional features.

Trims

Mustang Shelby GT 350

MSRP

$55,940

Features

  • USB Connection         
  • Auxiliary Audio Input And USB With External Media Control           
  • 6 Total Speakers        
  • AM/FM Stereo
  • Air Conditioning         
  • Audio And Cruise Controls On Steering Wheel         
  • Rear View Camera    
  • Suede And Leather Steering Wheel   
  • Dual Illuminating Vanity Mirrors      
  • Electrochromatic Inside Rearview Mirror    
  • Keyless Ignition          
  • Overhead Console With Storage       
  • Interior Air Filtration 
  • Cruise Control
  • Electric Power Steering

Moreover, the 2018 Ford Mustang Shelby GT 350 comes with interior air filtration. Cruise controls on the steering wheel are also available as a standard feature.

Engine

9.1/10

“Ford has every right to be proud of this car. It's well-rounded, well-mannered and well-equipped enough to handle most anything you want it to. It's arguably the best Mustang ever built, from the motor to the handling to the sheer thrill it gives drivers.”- edmunds

Engine and Transmission

Mustang Shelby GT350 is a beautifully engineered muscle car with best-in-class power output and an ear-soothing exhaust note. This GT350 sounds like Slash's guitar solo and it keeps your ear entertained even at lower RPMs. With an impressive throttle response, making donuts is a much easier task now. The bright sounding 5.2L naturally-aspirated engine can churn out 526hp of power and 429lb-ft of torque, which is more than enough to pin you down to your seat.

Model

Mustang Shelby GT 350

Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack

BMW M4

Mercedes-Benz AMG C-63

MSRP

$55,940

$39,995

$67,700

$66,100

Engine

5.2L Ti-VCT V8

6.4-Liter V8 SRT HEMI

Engine

 

3.0L M TwinPower Turbo inline 6-cylinder

4.0L turbocharged 8-cylinder

Transmission

6-Speed Manual

6-speed manual

6-Speed Manual

7-Speed Automatic

Power

526 hp

485 hp @ 6100 rpm

444 hp

469 hp

Torque

429 lb-ft

475 lb-ft @ 4200 rpm

406 lb-ft

479 lb-ft

Mercedes-Benz AMG C-63 flaunts the maximum torque of 479 lb.-ft. amongst the class. With its 4.0L Turbocharged 8-cylinder engine, it is capable of delivering 469 hp of power. Unlike GT 350, M4 and R/T Scat Pack, AMG C-63 features a 7-speed automatic transmission mode.

Acceleration

The latest avatar of the Ford Mustang Shelby GT 350 is able to reach 60 MPH in 5.5 seconds. This is slowest among the class rivals. Mercedes-Benz AMG C-63 takes only 4.6 seconds to do so. Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack is able to reach 60 MPH in 4.2 seconds. The fastest 0-60 MPH acceleration is flaunted by the BMW M4. It takes only 4 seconds for doing so.

Models

Mustang Shelby GT 350

Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack

BMW M4

Mercedes-Benz AMG C-63

0-60 MPH

5.5 sec

4.2 sec

4.0 sec

4.6 sec

Quarter mile

14.3 sec

12.6 sec

11.2 sec

11.9 sec

Engine

5.2L

6.4L

3.0L

4.0L

Emission

Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year

11.0

10.3

8.9

8.8

2018 Ford Mustang Shelby GT 350 is also the slowest coupe to cover a quarter-mile. It takes 14.3 seconds for covering a quarter-mile. Best quarter-mile time is flaunted by the BMW M4, that of 11.2 seconds. In terms of CO2 emission, Shelby GT 350 bags the top spot with a value of 11. BMW M4 has a CO2 emission value of 8.9 but the least is supported by AMG C-63, 8.8.

Ride and Handling

In addition to having a track-ready performance, the latest iteration of the Shelby GT 350 is appealing for daily commuting. Excellent braking, power-packed steering, and persistent grip allow for an unrivaled driving experience. The Shelby GT 350 comes with MagneRide adaptive dampers as a standard feature. Three modes, namely Normal, Sport and Comfort, are there to switch between power-packed, balanced and comfortable driving settings.

2018 Ford Mustang Shelby GT 350 packs a powerful chassis. Moreover, the electrically assisted steering offers good feedback. The tactile helm offers excellent performance at any speed on smooth surfaces. However, it may become unpredictable on uneven and unsmooth surfaces.

Braking

The newest entry of the Ford Mustang Shelby GT 350 has the biggest brakes in the competition. The Coupe has a front brake measuring 15.5 inches and a rear brake measuring 15 inches. Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack has the smallest brakes. It has a rear brake of 13.8 inches and a front brake measuring 14.2 inches. Nonetheless, it is the ride to stop the quickest among the class. The coupe takes 108 feet for decelerating immediately from 70 MPH to 0.

Model

Mustang Shelby GT 350

Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack

BMW M4

Mercedes-Benz AMG C-63

Brake Front(in)

15.5

14.2

15.0

15.4

Brake Rear(in)

15.0

13.8

14.6

14.2

Curb weight(lbs)

4555

4232

3530

3829

70-0 MPH (ft.)

138

108

151

143.4

Ford Mustang Shelby GT 350 covers a distance of 138 feet before coming to a halt from 70 MPH speed. Mercedes-Benz AMG C-63 and BMW M4 are even slower. The rides require 143.4 feet and 151 feet, respectively for doing so.

Fuel Economy

7.7/10

With a ride like 2018 Ford Mustang Shelby GT 350, fuel economy isn’t important? Or, is it? Anyway, the racing coupe flaunts the lowest combined fuel economy of 16 mpg in the class. Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack gives out a mildly greater 17 mpg.

Model

Mustang Shelby GT 350

Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack

BMW M4

Mercedes-Benz AMG C-63

MPG (city)

14

14

17

21

MPG (highway)

21

23

25

24

MPG (combined)

16

17

20

20

The maximum combined fuel economy amongst the class is 20 mpg. It is offered by BMW M4 and Mercedes-Benz AMG C-63.

Interior

7.9/10

“Thankfully the GT350 doesn't deviate too much from the standard Mustang's interior layout. Though some shortcomings remain, the Recaro seats, straightforward instrumentation and simulated suede-accented steering wheel help keep the interior from getting in the way of a good time.”- edmunds

Seating and Comfort

Just like its class rival, the BMW M4, Ford Mustang Shelby GT 350 features a passenger capacity of 4. Nonetheless, it has a slightly more passenger capacity than that of the M4. While M4 offers 84 cubic feet of passenger capacity, Shelby 350 adds 0.5 cubic feet. Mercedes-Benz AMG C-63 features a passenger capacity of 5 and passenger volume of 88.2 cubic feet. Passenger capacity and passenger volume for Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack are 5 and 93.9, respectively.

Model

Mustang Shelby GT 350

Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack

BMW M4

Mercedes-Benz AMG C-63

Passenger capacity

4

5

4

5

Passenger Volume (ft cube)

84.5

93.9

84

88.2

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg)

(In.)

37.6/56.3/44.5

39.3/58.5/42

39.8/55.3/42.2

40.9/55.3/41.7

Second (Head/Shoulder/Leg)

(In.)

34.8/52.2/29

37.1/53.9/33.1

36.1/51.7/33.7

37.1/55/35.2

Front headroom, shoulder-room and legroom available in the Shelby GT 350 are 37.6, 56.3 and 44.5, respectively. While the headroom is lowest among the class rivals, legroom is most. 2018 Ford Mustang Shelby GT 350 has tight space in the rear. It has rear headroom of just 34.8 inches and a disappointing 29 inches as legroom in the back.

Infotainment System

With an intuitive interface and user-friendly functions, the Sync 3 infotainment system is fun to use. It provides integration with Apple CarPlay as well as Android Auto for a modern-day cruise. The seamless interaction of Ford Sync 3 touchscreen is the most standout feature. The standard infotainment system flaunts a 4.2-inch display with single-disc CD player and 6-speaker audio system.

The system, however, stays almost the same as that in the previous facelift of the Shelby GT 350. Also, the infotainment system integral to Shelby GT 350 isn’t free from issues. Slower response time, unavailability of Wi-Fi hotspot and lack of customization are some of the major failures of Sync 3.

Interior Features

It’s forgivable for mistaking the interior of a Shelby GT 350 with that of a Ford Mustang. After all, the former is based on the latter. However, it has an overabundance of cheap plastic construction in the interiors. Some of the major highlights of the ride on the inside are:

  • A playful blend of modern and retro styling
  • Above-average visibility

Cargo Capacity

The latest iteration of the Ford Mustang Shelby GT 350 has a maximum cargo volume of 13.5 cubic feet. This is second only to Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack’s cargo volume of 16.2 cubic feet.

Model

Mustang Shelby GT 350

Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack

BMW M4

Mercedes-Benz AMG C-63

Volume (ft.cube)               

13.5

16.2

11

12.6

Moreover, it comes with interior air filtration and audio and cruise controls on the steering wheel as standard features. BMW M4 has the least cargo volume of 11 cubic feet.

Exterior

9.1/10

“The sleek lines, aggressive headlights, and windswept design also make the latest Mustang totally relevant today. Gone is the bulkiness of the previous design, replaced with a lower, wider-looking car that, from most angles, is beautiful.” – Kelley Blue Book 

Dimension and Weight

Length, width, and height of Ford Mustang Shelby GT 350 are 188.9, 75.9 and 54.2 inches, respectively. Height is least among the competition, while the width is the highest. Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack is the lengthiest ride with a total length of 197.9 inches. The muscular front fenders provide this Mustang a bulkier stance and with open-mouth grille, it looks like a "Wild-Horse" ready to gallop. 

Model

Mustang Shelby GT 350

Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack

BMW M4

Mercedes-Benz AMG C-63

curb weight(lbs)

4555

4232

3530

3829

Length(in)

188.9

197.9

184.5

187

Width(in)

75.9

75.7

73.6

72.4

Height(in)

54.2

57.5

54.4

56.1

Ground clearance(in)

5.3

5.2

4.8

5.1

Wheel base(in)

107.1

116.2

110.7

111.8

Track width(in) F/R

63.3/63.7

63.4/63.8

62.2/63.1

63/61

Ground clearance for the Mustang Shelby GT 350 is 5.3 inches. This is maximum among the competition. R/T Scat Pack and AMG C-63 have a slightly lesser ground clearance of 5.2 and 5.1 inches, respectively. BMW M4 has the lowest ground clearance of 4.8 inches.

Exterior Features
Ford Mustang is a stunning coupe. As Shelby GT 350 is built upon the same, it inherits and improves on several exterior feats. Some major on-the-outside feats of 2018 Ford Mustang Shelby GT 350 includes:

  • Extended front fenders
  • Enlarged scoops and spoilers
  • Vented aluminum hood for heat extraction
  • Front splitter for creating more front downforce
  • Available racing stripes for $475

Safety

8.1/10

2018 Ford Mustang Shelby GT 350 considers safety features to be as important as the performance. As such, the coupe flaunts to have a stout 5-star safety scorecard. The racing coupe is rated for several parameters of the NHTSA Crash rating and each is given a 5-star. The list includes combined side barrier and pole, overall front and rollover ratings.

Moreover, there is no scarcity of security feats with the Shelby GT 350. The ride comes with 4-wheel ABS and post-collision safety system in addition to tire pressure monitoring. Moreover, it also has dusk sensing headlamps, engine immobilizer, and child seat anchors.

Safety Features

  • Post-Collision Safety System  
  • Dusk Sensing Headlamps       
  • 4-Wheel ABS  
  • Remote Anti-Theft Alarm System      
  • Traction Control         
  • Auto Delay Off Headlamps
  • Child Seat Anchors     
  • Front And Rear Head Airbags
  • Front Fog/Driving Lights        
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring      
  • Front And Rear Ventilated Disc Brakes         
  • Engine Immobilizer    
  • Passenger Airbag Occupant Sensing Deactivation
  • Dual Front Side-Mounted Airbags     
  • Xenon High Intensity Discharge Headlamp
  • 2 Rear Headrests
  • Stability Control         
  • 2 Front Headrests

NHTSA Crash Rating

Overall Front Star Rating

5 Star

Front Driver Side

5 Star

Front Passenger side

5 Star

Combined Side Barrier and Pole Ratings

5 Star

Side Barrier (Driver)

5 Star

Overall side Pole Star Rating

5 Star

Rollover Star rating

5 Star

IIHS Reports

Crashworthiness

Small overlap front driver side

Acceptable

Small overlap front Passenger side

----

Moderate overlap front

Good

Roof strength

Good

Head restraints & seats

Good

Competition

Ford Shelby GT-350 vs. BMW M4

Packing a 3.0L M TwinPower Turbo inline 6-cylinder engine, the BMW M4 is yet another leading sports coupe. The ride is capable of delivering 444 hp of power and 406 lb.-ft. of torque. BMW M4 comes with a 6-speed manual transmission mode. The bid for BMW M4 starts from $67,700, making it one of the most expensive coupes on the list. Nonetheless, it offers an impressive 0-60 MPH acceleration in full 4 seconds, faster than any of its class rivals.

Mustang Shelby GT 350 has a CO2 emission value of 11. On the contrary, BMW M4 has a relatively lesser CO2 emission value of 8.9. Moreover, BMW M4 is more than 1000 lbs. lighter than that of the Shelby GT 350. Nonetheless, 2018 Ford Mustang Shelby GT 350 feature bigger brakes. As such, it is capable of coming to a full halt in 138 feet from 70 MPH. Comparatively, BMW M4 takes 151 feet to do so.

Ford Shelby GT-350 vs. Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack

With a starting price-tag of $39,995, the R/T Scat Pack is one of the most inexpensive coupes in the class. The ride is backed by a 6.4-Liter V8 SRT HEMI engine. It is able to deliver 485 hp of power and 475 lb.-ft. of torque to the coupe. The engine is complemented by a 6-speed manual transmission mode.

Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack is better at picking up speed than that of the Shelby GT 350. Scat Pack takes only 4.2 seconds for hitting 60 MPH as compared to 5.5 seconds taken by the GT 350. Moreover, it has a better CO2 emission value of 10.3 than the Shelby GT 350. Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack requires the least distance for coming to a halt from 70 MPH. The coupe comes to a halt in 108 feet compared to 138 feet required by Shelby GT 350.

Ford Shelby GT-350 vs. Mercedes-Benz AMG C-63

The 4.0L turbocharged 8-cylinder engine in AMG C-63 is coupled with a 7-speed automatic transmission mode. The ride flaunts to have 469 hp of power and 479 lb.-ft. of torque at its disposal. The bid for Mercedes-Benz AMG C-63 starts from $66,100, about $10k more than that of the Shelby GT 350. Though not as impressive as M4 or Scat Pack, AMG C-63 has better 0-60 MPH acceleration than that of the Shelby GT 350.

Mercedes-Benz AMG C-63 has the lowest CO2 emission value of 8.8 in the competition. The ride has a total curb weight of 3829 lbs. This is much less than that of the Shelby GT 350 as well as the Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack. Mercedes-Benz AMG C-63 offers an impressive combined fuel economy of 20 mpg. Wheelbase for the coupe is 111.8 inches, greater than the 107.1 flaunted by the Mustang Shelby GT 350.

Final Verdict

2018 Ford Mustang Shelby GT 350 is a modernized avatar of the classic Ford Mustang. It has Ford-testified performance, great looks and a long list of features. The ride is comfortable for driving on almost all road conditions. However, being a fast coupe doesn’t necessarily means to be the fastest. In terms of pricing, it stands high. All in all, there are several good options to the Shelby GT 350 but not a perfect substitute.

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