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Is Shelby American developing their own 2016/17 GT350?


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There was a recent Thread posted on team Shelby called “BMW Blog reviews the GT350”. The thread had a link posted in it which was:

 

http://www.bmwblog.com/2016/04/28/first-drive-shelby-gt350-learned-stop-worrying-love-bomb/

 

This article had a review of the GT350 from a BMW perspective. There were a few comments back and forth posted on TS in response to the article but what everyone over looked was clicking on the “comment” section of the original article . Rather than hi-jack the other thread I am starting a new one here. Why? Because if you had clicked the “comments” in the posted BMW/GT350 article you would have seen that Gary Schechner (Shelby Marketing) made a reply to the author of the original article and he made the following comment to the author which I am cut and pasting below.

 

Gary Schechner 2 days ago

“Glad to hear you liked the car, Nico. We'll have you back for more after we're done with our development on that platform for a 'before and after' piece.”

 

I found this comment interesting, and will read nothing in to it, nor am I trying to start a rumor, just posing the immediate question that is generated by this comment, which is:……….. Does this mean Shelby has something up its sleeve in regard to releasing a “Shelby American” version of the 2016/2017 Ford Shelby GT350????......

 

TS's inquiring minds will probably want to know.

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As far as I know, they are developing parts to improve the car. As they should........ :)

 

Wow how do you improve on that car, especially the R ? I got to drive one the other day & are totally awesome.

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I can't remember where I read an article stating that it was going to be called the GT350RS ... At the time it was just rumour and speculation but I think SA has something up their sleeve.

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Regarding the article itself, I totally agree with the writer on one point. The only downside for a guy who has owned BMW's in the past and looking to make a switch to a GT350 is the lack of nice materials in the interior. They should never settle for crap plastic in these cars or any previous GT500.... but that's Ford for ya. I think they could easily put a nice interior in the car/raise the price slightly and the car would still sell. Other than that, the GT350 is on par with the best Europe has to offer in it's class.

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Interior materials/details and quality fit and finish are expensive, and Ford's customers will not pay Porsche, MB, and BMW prices for it. Ford has never and will never compete on that level, and that is as it should be, customers need choices and they all have their budgets and priorities for spending their money on a car.

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Such as?

 

How about another 120+ HP and 120+ lb.ft. of torque? Might get to sixty in better than the 4 seconds it takes now. Not everyone wants a track car only, as I have said before, it will not match my '13 GT350 in straight line acceleration, so why not give people a choice?

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The car was designed specifically for autocrossing. If a customer wants more power, they can install a supercharger or whatever they want, like Mike did with his '13 GT350. Not sure why 0-60 in 4 seconds isn't quick enough when it's lap times we're looking at.

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The car was designed specifically for autocrossing. If a customer wants more power, they can install a supercharger or whatever they want, like Mike did with his '13 GT350. Not sure why 0-60 in 4 seconds isn't quick enough when it's lap times we're looking at.

 

 

Lap times? I don't buy a car for lap times, I want to get on the interstate and merge into 75-85 mph traffic in the shortest time possible. And if you really like this car so much, and it is the second coming of the '65 GT350R, why haven't you bought one?

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Oh so sorry, did I offend you??? I know in the NE people think they have a Constitutional right not to be offended. It really matters to me whether or not you are tired of my opinions :hysterical: , like I said before, please put me on "ignore" and you won't ever have to see them again, got it?

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Why doesn't Ford do it? They want to charge $100K for one without, why not give people their money's worth and offer it with a warranty? Why do people have to go to fly-by-night Joe's backyard speed shop and lose their warranties and get God knows what kind of junk?

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Oh so sorry, did I offend you??? I know in the NE people think they have a Constitutional right not to be offended. It really matters to me whether or not you are tired of my opinions :hysterical: , like I said before, please put me on "ignore" and you won't ever have to see them again, got it?

Please don't generalize people based on where they are from, I am from the North East, NY to be specific and we don't believe we have a Constitutional right to anything other than what the Constitution says. And ironically enough, will be moving to the Mountain Region very soon. Actually I am also the relatively new Regional Director for the Mountain Region.

 

Why doesn't Ford do it? They want to charge $100K for one without, why not give people their money's worth and offer it with a warranty? Why do people have to go to fly-by-night Joe's backyard speed shop and lose their warranties and get God knows what kind of junk?

Why doesn't Ford do it, I would think since Ford Racing makes superchargers and therefore can sell them to people who want them and make even more money.

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Every passing day without a blower for Voodoo from Ford Performance is just more of a sign they won't do it. All that sticky warranty stuff gets in the way. So if Ford won't do it I'd be leery of anyone else.

 

Well said, and those are the facts.

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Please don't generalize people based on where they are from, I am from the North East, NY to be specific and we don't believe we have a Constitutional right to anything other than what the Constitution says. And ironically enough, will be moving to the Mountain Region very soon. Actually I am also the relatively new Regional Director for the Mountain Region.

 

 

Welcome to the wide open wild West then, where you can drive your car at speeds it was intended for on beautiful mountain and desert highways with very few people, unlike the East Coast, as long as you steer clear of the front range and Denver. I try not to generalize, but every time I go back East to visit (I went to grad school in Boston and have lots of close friends who are not stereotypical), it just keeps getting more and more crowded and more and more socialistic. My daughter just moved to NYC, I told her don't expect me to visit that place.

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The base price for a brand new TRACK READY 526 N/A HP GT350 is $47,795, no matter what area of the country you're from. And if you want it supercharged, you can hire Shelby American to make it "legit," if you'd like :hysterical:

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Every passing day without a blower for Voodoo from Ford Performance is just more of a sign they won't do it. All that sticky warranty stuff gets in the way. So if Ford won't do it I'd be leery of anyone else.

 

It's coming, and Ford Racing will be doing it. The Voodoo motor requires a supercharger with a shallower male/female lobe profile to provide a more linear compression throughout the broader and higher rpm range of the flat plane crank motor. It's in it's final testing and should be introduced soon.
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The base price for a brand new TRACK READY 526 N/A HP GT350 is $47,795, no matter what area of the country you're from. And if you want it supercharged, you can hire Shelby American to make it "legit," if you'd like :hysterical:

 

OK, SAI and Gary, what is your package price for this GT350 and GT350R upgrade you have, according to this guy who knows all these things, but have not announced to the public? Inquiring minds want to know.......... :)

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It's coming, and Ford Racing will be doing it. The Voodoo motor requires supercharger with a shallower male/female lobe profile to provide a more linear compression throughout the broader and higher rpm range of the flat plane crank motor. It's in it's final testing and should be introduced soon.

So is SAI doing this then???

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Oh so sorry, did I offend you??? I know in the NE people think they have a Constitutional right not to be offended. It really matters to me whether or not you are tired of my opinions :hysterical: , like I said before, please put me on "ignore" and you won't ever have to see them again, got it?

I agree

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Welcome to the wide open wild West then, where you can drive your car at speeds it was intended for on beautiful mountain and desert highways with very few people, unlike the East Coast, as long as you steer clear of the front range and Denver. I try not to generalize, but every time I go back East to visit (I went to grad school in Boston and have lots of close friends who are not stereotypical), it just keeps getting more and more crowded and more and more socialistic. My daughter just moved to NYC, I told her don't expect me to visit that place.

I drove a rental at speeds our cars are meant to drive on the way to Spring Mountain, DAMN that was fun! Boston is New England, NYers don't like them anyways,lol... Where in NYC did she move, Manhattan or one of the outer boroughs?

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Interior materials/details and quality fit and finish are expensive, and Ford's customers will not pay Porsche, MB, and BMW prices for it. Ford has never and will never compete on that level, and that is as it should be, customers need choices and they all have their budgets and priorities for spending their money on a car.

 

That is not an objective statement, but rather opinion. I personally would happily pay extra for nicer materials along with many of my friends. And who says Ford will never compete with Porsche, MB, and BMW at that price mark? Can you say Retail + ADM??? Seriously..... Ford's customers have already been and are paying equivalent prices. Not to mention on the track Ford has been and is now competing with these marques for years. Nothing is more depressing than to look at a beautifully designed car just to jump in and immediately be surrounded by cheap plastic. Talk about F-ing up the end game.

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I drove a rental at speeds our cars are meant to drive on the way to Spring Mountain, DAMN that was fun! Boston is New England, NYers don't like them anyways,lol... Where in NYC did she move, Manhattan or one of the outer boroughs?

 

Some place called "Washington Heights" in some tiny 3rd floor "walk-up" (I found out New Yorkers don't like elevators?) that costs a fortune. But worst of all is she had to sell the '64 1/2 pink Mustang 'vert I did for her for her graduation present and that she loved driving, she said cars are not welcome in NYC, for obvious reasons, that's why I am not interested in visiting. BTW, Spring Mountain is my favorite place, have been there numerous times burnishing brakes, and testing out my new purchases, and some of it was free even.

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