Ford has released some new details about the Shelby GT350 Mustang.

Ford has released some new details about the Shelby GT350 Mustang.

Designed to be the "most athletic Mustang ever built," the GT350 features an improved suspension with new aluminum front knuckle, hub and bearing assemblies that are stiffer and lighter than the units used on the standard Mustang.  The model also uses beefier bushings, larger anti-roll bars and heavy-duty bearings that help to increase lateral stiffness.  One side of the rear suspension also has a new counter-wound rear spring and matching rear control arm so the "left and right sides are mirror images – perfecting wheel motion."

Speaking of the suspension, the GT350 will become the first Ford to use continuously variable MagneRide dampers that can be automatically adjusted every 7 milliseconds.  The company says this helps to deliver "optimum handling performance."

To keep things under control, the car has been outfitted with the most powerful brakes ever offered on a production Mustang.  They have rotors that measure 394mm front and 380mm rear. The brakes also have dedicated ducting that helps cool them to ensure they're ready for track use.

Last but not least, the Shelby GT350 has 19-inch cast aluminum alloy wheels with special Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires that have a GT350-specific sidewall construction, tread face and compound.  Ford says the custom tires "deliver maximum grip on the road or for weekend track days."

The Shelby GT350R goes one step further as it is the first mainstream model to use carbon fiber wheels.  They're 19-inchers which eliminate approximately 50 lbs (22.6 kg) of unsprung weight compared to wheels on the standard GT350.

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