Another report indicates the more hardcore Shelby GT350R Mustang will be introduced in January at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

Another report indicates the more hardcore Shelby GT350R Mustang will be introduced in January at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

The paint hasn't even dried yet on the Shelby GT350 Mustang and already there are rumors suggesting a more focused version is being prepared. This is the second time we are hearing a GT350R derivative is on its way to NAIAS next month but confirmed details are not available. However, it shouldn't be that hard to image what the more hardcore version will bring as it will likely come with a weight loss granted by the back seat elimination and possibly less comfort equipment.

Aside from going on a diet, the Shelby GT350R Mustang will likely be more aerodynamic and should pack larger brakes and stickier tires. There's no word about any changes to the 5.2-liter V8 naturally-aspirated engine but at least we know in the regular GT350 it delivers more than 500 bhp (373 kW) and 400 lb-ft (542 Nm) of torque.

The GT350 is rumored to carry a starting price of $52,995 which means the hotter version will probably exceed the $60,000 mark.

Interestingly, the same report indicates Ford will also bring to NAIAS the F-150 Raptor, a GT40 successor, a new performance sub-brand and possibly the much-awaited Focus RS.

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Shelby GT350R Mustang allegedly coming to Detroit next month with less weight