Mustang GT350 vs GT350R: YouTuber Compares Ford’s Top Ponies
YouTuber SpeedPhenom shows how the two mightiest Mustang fastbacks on the market differ in rather unexpected ways.
If you want the hardest-running Ford Mustang on sale today, you should be looking at the Shelby GT350, but you are faced with the question of whether to get the “regular” Shelby GT350 or the more track-ready GT350R. Austin, aka Speed Phenom on YouTube, brought together each of those cars to spend time behind the wheel of each, getting their real-world input on the differences between the two 526-horsepower Mustang fastbacks.
The video begins with a bit of moving footage of the a pair of new Shelby Mustangs running in tandem, followed by Austin introducing us to the two Shelby Mustangs. One is his white GT350R and the other is a Shelby GT350 owned named Don, and the two flat-plane-powered pony cars are parked alongside some undisclosed twisty road in California.
While they are talking about the differences between the GT350 and GT350R, a variety of high performance cars blast around the sweeping turn. There are also some not-so-high performance vehicles, including a Subaru BRZ that almost ate the hill when the driver spun coming out of the turn.
During this introduction, the two owners discuss the key differences between the two Shelby Mustangs when they are parked, such as the extreme aero bits of the “R” and the carbon fiber wheels. The two also look at some of the unique upgrades that Don has made to the GT350.
The only functional change that he has made is a K&N air filter, but he has also dressed up the engine bay a bit, so this is basically a comparison between a stock GT350 and a stock GT350R.
The next stage of the video shows the two Shelby Mustangs racing along the twisty road, with Austin riding shotgun as Don drives his GT350 and the GT350R serves as a high-speed camera car. It is clear that Don loves his Shelby Mustang as he gushes about all of the things that it does well, as he slips quickly along the curvy road. It seems that his only real complaint is the lack of responsiveness with the clutch pedal.
GT350R vs. GT350
Next, Austin moves to the driver’s seat of Don’s GT350 and as you might imagine, he has nothing but good things to say about the non-R version of the Shelby Mustang. He points out that the GT350 is one of the best bargains on the market today when it comes to amazing handling, big power and a relatively low price tag.
He points out that it is a ton of fun to drive, even when not being pushed hard and he talks about how the two handle and ride differently, with the R being a bit stickier in the turns thanks to the better rubber while the non-R Shelby Mustang has a more refined ride quality while still hugging the road.
After each of them take turns driving the Magnetic Shelby GT350 Mustang, they talk about the things that stuck out the most. Of course, they talked about how the GT350R grips the road a bit better and feels a bit lighter, but the thing that they talk about the most is the feel of the clutch.
The GT350 doesn’t engage until the last inch or so of pedal travel, while the GT350R clutch grabs much sooner. Also, the clutch pedal in the R has a heavier feel and those are two aspects that we don’t learn about in reading the spec sheets.
The video ends with some more high-speed footage of the two Shelby Mustang roaring along the curvy road, letting us hear the sweet sound of the flat-plane V8s as the cars work their magic.
Crank up your speakers and enjoy!