Ford Shelby GT350 Mustang to cost $52,995?

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According to Horsepower Kings citing unnamed Ford sources at the LA Auto Show, the 2015 GT350 carries a starting price of $52,995, and the Tech package adds a further $2,995 on top of that. There’s also the claim of a Track package for an undisclosed price. However, it doesn’t look like LA is the last we’ll see of the newest Shelby because the source also alleges that a top-rung GT350R is under development with bigger brakes, modified aerodynamics and sportier tires. This rubber-burner is reported to be unveiled at theNorth American International Auto Show in Detroit in January.

Assuming these claims are correct, it puts the Shelby in fighting form against its two Chevrolet Camarorivals. Ford reports that the GT350’s 5.2-liter V8 pumps out over 500 horsepower and more than 400 pound-feet of torque. At $52,995, it would undercut by a couple of grand the $55,505 (before destination) base price of the 580-hp 2015 ZL1. The super ‘Stang might also beat the 505-hp Z/28 with its power rating, while being vastly cheaper than the track-focused Camaro’s $72,305 price. This could be quite the performance shoot-out.

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