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2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350R Gets Suspension and Steering Upgrades From the GT500

Road & Track logo Road & Track 12/8/2019 Brian Silvestro
a car parked on the side of a road: The track-ready GT350R will also get a rear seat delete and an exhaust resonator delete for 2020. © Ford The track-ready GT350R will also get a rear seat delete and an exhaust resonator delete for 2020.

Ford's supercharged Mustang Shelby GT500 is nearing launch, but that doesn't mean the company's forgotten about its current flagship, the 526-horsepower Shelby GT350R. The car has just been given a slew of upgrades for 2020, all aimed at better performance and more driver enjoyment.

The main improvements come in the front suspension, where the GT350R gets a redesigned geometry with a new high-trail steering knuckle straight from the GT500. It's paired with a new electric steering rack that's been recalibrated to work with the new hardware.

Other changes, like deleting the exhaust resonators, focus on weight savings and providing a better soundtrack from that flat-plane crank 5.2-liter "Voodoo" V-8.

As with the previous GT350R, 19-inch carbon fiber wheels, Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires, a larger front splitter, and a big rear wing are standard. There's also red badging and red-painted brake calipers—perfect for sharp-eyed enthusiasts to spot it apart from a normal GT350. Inside, drivers will be greeted to contrast red stitching, a flat-bottom steering wheel with a red 12 o'clock mark, red seating accents, and unique dashboard badging.

Buyers will be able to option a Technology package, which comes with voice-activated navigation, blind spot and cross-traffic monitoring, Cobra-badged puddle lamps, and a 12-speaker sound system.

Ford has yet to release pricing for the 2020 Mustang Shelby GT350R, though we can't imagine it being much more than the current car's MSRP of $67,135.

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