Ford recently debuted the GT500, its most powerful street-legal car ever. But since it’s only available with a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission, purists may want to stick with the manual-only GT350R. Fortunately, the car receives a few key updates for 2020 to keep it competitive.
First and foremost, the 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350R boasts an updated front suspension. The suspension geometry has been redesigned, and the setup now includes a high-trail steering knuckle from the GT500. To improve steering, Ford put in a new steering rack and recalibrated the electric power steering control system. Also for 2020, GT350 models receive new exterior colors, including Grabber Lime, Twister Orange, Iconic Silver, and Red Hot Metallic.
Other than that, the GT350R carries on as usual with a carbon-fiber wing, carbon-fiber wheels, and oversized front splitter. Along with the carbon-fiber bits, the model sheds extra weight by removing the rear seats and exhaust resonators. The GT350R has a 5.2-liter flat-plane-crank V-8 engine that spins all the way up to 8,200 rpm and makes 526 hp. The engine pairs exclusively to a six-speed manual transmission. Red brake calipers, Michelin Pilot Cup Sport 2 tires, and red interior stitching are also included on the GT350R.