First Shelby Mustang GT350 lands in Australia

Track-focused Pony Car being converted for Aussie roads

First Shelby GT350 lands in Australia

The first example of the Shelby Mustang GT350 has landed in Australia, set to be converted by Melbourne outfit Mustang Motorsports.

A privately-imported 2017 model, the road racer is being converted to right-hand drive and will provide Mustang Motorsports with the knowledge it needs to convert other GT350s when/if Australia’s import laws change.

Shelby Mustang GT350 Australian conversion
As the Ford Mustang is currently offered as a standard production car in Australia low-volume variants are off the table, but new legislation set to be introduced in late-2019/early-2020 will allow such models to be legally imported as long as they meet certain exclusivity criteria.

The Shelby GT350 isn’t offered in right-hand drive but while pricing hasn’t yet been confirmed – MM is keeping the final figure under wraps until it has an accurate assessment of the time/parts involved – it’s expected to be in the $200,000-250,000 range.

Unlike the regular Mustang GT, the Shelby GT350 uses a flat-plane 5.2-litre V8 – dubbed ‘Voodoo’ – to produce 392kW/581Nm while revving to 8000rpm. This translated to 335kW at the rear wheels on Mustang Motorsport’s dyno.

By way of comparison, a standard 2018 Mustang GT manual produced 306.4kW at the hubs on Herrod Performance’s dyno. While not a like-for-like comparison due to the wheel vs hub dyno – not to mention different temperatures etc. – it suggests the GT350 is one potent Pony Car.

Other changes include wider wheels – 19 x 10.5-inch front; 19 x 11.0-inch rear – wearing Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres, larger brakes, a shorter 3.73:1 final drive (standard V8 Mustangs are 3.55:1) as well as exterior and interior upgrades.

The supercharged Shelby GT500 is also a possibility but MM told MOTOR that securing an example to import will be difficult due to demand far outweighing supply in its USA homeland.  


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