2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350R first drive: Stick and move

The heart of the beast is still an 8,250-rpm redline 5.2-liter flat-plane crank V8 making 526 hp and 429 lb-ft of torque connected to a Tremec six-speed manual transmission. A double-ball-joint MacPherson strut setup holds down the front while an integral-link independent setup with coil springs is out back. The GT350R gets Ford’s MagneRide adaptive damping with normal and sport modes.
To tell if it’s an R, look for red badges and red brake calipers. The base GT350 starts at $60,440; the R is about $13,000 more at $73,435. That’s a huge jump.
However, it’s not a complete stripper. If you want, you can get an optional B&O sound system, blind-spot warning with cross-traffic alert and voice-activated navigation. That, of course, will cost you extra.