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Shelby GT350R acceleration run

By Scott Newman, 17 Aug 2016 News

Hennessey Performance maxes out Ford's hottest muscle car

Shelby GT350R acceleration run

Of all the cars we're denied in Australia, possibly the one that hurts the most is the Shelby GT350 and its hardcore R sibling.

This video is a perfect example of what we're missing out on, with Texan tuner Hennessey Performance, best known for its crazy 420km/h+ Venom GT, performing a top speed run in a standard GT350R before it starts to tinker.

The GT350R is powered by a 392kW/581Nm 5.2-litre flat-plane crank 'Voodoo' V8, which screams all the way to 8250rpm and shifts this super 'Stang to 100km/h in a tick over four seconds. It's also available with cool Australian-made carbon fibre wheels as an option.

For those who really want a taste of the GT350 action, Ford Performance is intending to offer a 5.2-litre crate motor, though with a conventional cross-plane crank.