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2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350R: Small updates yield big grip

Suspension pieces from the upcoming Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 trickle down to improve the GT350R.

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The chief upgrade to the GT350R is a redesigned front suspension and high-trail steering knuckle, both of which are borrowed from the upcoming GT500.  

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In addition, a new steering rack and electric power steering tuning allow for sharper and easier track driving.   

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GT350R's existing list of performance goodies, like two-mode adaptive dampers, and monstrous six-piston front and four-piston rear Brembo brakes. 

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Meaty 19-inch 305/30 front and 315/30 rear Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires wrapped around carbon-fiber wheels remain.

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The wheels account for roughly 60 of the 88 pounds of weight savings the R boasts over the standard GT350.  

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The remaining 22 pounds comes from the removal of the Mustang's rear seats and the exhaust resonators.   

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A big part of the R's personality can be credited to the 5.2-liter, naturally aspirated, flat-plane-crank V8 thumping away under the hood, with 526 horsepower and 429 pound-feet of torque.  

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Even with its track-focused nature, the GT350R's ride on road is firm but tolerable.

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Sadly, less-than-great fuel economy is part of the GT350R package. The EPA estimates it to return 14 miles per gallon in the city and 21 mpg highway.  

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The 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350R is in dealers now with a base price of $73,435, not including $1,095 for destination or $1,300 for the gas-guzzler tax.  

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