Front exterior comparison of the 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 next to the 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350R

When it comes to high-performance sports cars, everyone wants to know more about the 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 vs. GT350R. While these vehicles share many similarities, there is a profound difference between the GT350 and GT350R. Our complete GT350 vs. GT350R review looks closer at the power from these two drag-worthy cars, as well as pricing, features, exterior styling, interior features, and more.

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2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350

Rear exterior view of the 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350

2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350R

Rear exterior view of the 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350R

2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 Price

The 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 features an MSRP of $59,140. That is far less than the higher race-spec Mustang GT350R models.

2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350R Price

You will pay significantly more to get behind the wheel of a 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350R, with a starting price of $73,435.


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2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 Interior

Front interior view inside the 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 from the driver door

The Shelby GT350 vs. GT350R comparison shows some stark differences in the interior space. This model comes with a long list of amenities for an enjoyable drive. You gain Recaro race seats, a twelve-speaker Harman sound system, SYNC 3 infotainment system, and FordPass Connect, which can be used as a hotspot and receive essential traffic updates.

2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350R Interior

Front interior cabin inside the 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350R from the driver seat view

As you look at the Mustang GT350R interior, you'll notice that many interior comforts are sacrificed to suffice for extra speed and control. Some systems that many drivers consider to be vital, such as air conditioning, a rear seat, a stereo system, floor mats, the SYNC 3, and a rear-view camera, are removed to reduce the Mustang GT350R weight. Several of these interior features can be added back in with an electronics package, but that increases the weight, thereby reducing the speed (it also raises the price).

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2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 Horsepower + Torque

The GT350 horsepower isn't any different from what's found in the R variant. As we look at the 2020 Mustang GT350 engine specs, we see that it comes equipped with a 5.2-liter V8 Voodoo Coyote engine. This Mustang V8 motor pumps out 526 horsepower and 429 lb-ft. of torque for exceptional acceleration off the line. All 2020 Mustang models, including the Shelby GT350, features a standard rear-wheel-drive configuration.

2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350R Horsepower + Torque

As you look at the 2020 Mustang GT350R specs, you find the exact same engine and horsepower found in the GT350. Shelby GT350R Mustangs contain the same 5.2L V8 Voodoo Coyote engine and also includes a rear-wheel-drive configuration. The GT350R model is faster than the GT350 because there's less weight due to stripping away certain parts/features and more aerodynamic characteristics.

2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 Top Speed + 0-60mph Acceleration

2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 driving fast around a race track

Through trace testing, it turns out that the Mustang Shelby GT350R is slightly faster than this model. You can expect a 0-60 time of 4.1 seconds behind the wheel of this Shelby, with a top speed of 172 mph.

2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350R Top Speed + 0-60mph Acceleration

2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350R driving fast around a race track

The GT350R 0-60 time is reduced to 3.9 seconds with a top speed of 172 mph. This additional speed is due to the lower weight than the GT350 models. While it's not a significant difference, seconds count in a race.

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2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 Exterior Colors & Dimensions

The 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 measures 189.6" long and 75.9" inches wide, similar to the GT350R variant. Both models share a 107.1" wheelbase. However, the GT350 is slightly taller at 54.2". The Shelby GT350 features 19-inch aluminum wheels complete with Super Sport tires. You can choose from 11 exterior color options, such as Twister Orange Tri-Coat, Grabber Lime, Rapid Red Metallic Tinted Clearcoat, Ford Performance Blue, Velocity Blue, Shadow Black, Oxford White, Kona Blue, Magnetic, Race Red, and Iconic Silver.

2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350R Exterior Colors & Dimensions

The exterior dimensions of the Shelby GT350R match the GT350 size for size, except for the height, which is only slightly shorter at 53.6" H with the GT350R Mustang. The Shelby GT350R also utilizes carbon fiber wheels that reduce the weight by 60 pounds. These wheels are topped with Sport Cup 2 Summer-Only tires. Plus, the GT350R features a carbon fiber wing that reduces lift and creates downforce. The Shelby GT350R Mustang is available with the same 11 exterior color options, such as Twister Orange Tri-Coat, Grabber Lime, Rapid Red Metallic Tinted Clearcoat, Ford Performance Blue, Velocity Blue, Shadow Black, Oxford White, Kona Blue, Magnetic, Race Red, and Iconic Silver.

2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 Performance & Appearance Packages

2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 Heritage Edition

There are two notable packages with the 2020 Shelby GT350 Mustang. You can opt for the GT350 Handling Package, which includes a Gurney flap and adjustable strut top mounts, or add the GT350 Heritage Edition Package that includes Wimbledon White paint combined with side and top stripes in Guardsman Blue.

2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350R Performance & Appearance Packages

2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT30R in red exterior color with black racing stripes

Most package upgrades available with the 2020 GT350R Mustang include the option to add back in some of the features that were removed to keep the weight down and boost performance. However, these packages can add a fair amount of money back to the price tag but are worth the expense if you can't live without certain features and amenities.

Should I Buy the Shelby GT350 or GT350R Mustang?

White Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 with blue stripes racing beside a red Ford Mustang Shelby GT350R with white racing stripes

To gain the added performance of the GT350R, a lot of features needed to be deleted. By doing this, you might miss out on some aspects you genuinely enjoy. For example, you won't have dual-zone climate control, a fancy stereo, or individual OEM-branded floor mats. You can add them back in, but that costs money and adds more weight. If comfort is important to you and you are looking for a daily driver, you will prefer the GT350 models. However, if racing is what you are after and acceleration time is essential, you can't find better than the GT350R.

Used Ford Mustang Shelby GT350/GT350R for Sale

You can find the Mustang Shelby GT350 and GT350R for sale in Colorado Springs at Phil Long Dealerships. Recently Ford chose to discontinue production of the Shelby Mustang GT350 series moving forward, so in the future, you have no option but to look for a used 2020 Mustang instead. Some dealerships may have a new Mustang GT350 or GT350 left over, but it will be rare to see. We stock the used Shelby GT350 and GT350R at Phil Long. Please browse our inventory today to see what's available. Schedule your test drive and experience the speed for yourself.

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