As some of you know, I have owned several Mustangs throughout the years, ranging from a n/a foxbody GT to a twin-turbo GT500. The last track-focused car I owned was my 2013 Boss 302, and that car was a joy to drive. After only 100 miles with my 2016 GT350R, I can tell you without a doubt, this is by far my favorite. Everything about this car makes you want to drive it! Like some of you, I read the magazine reviews of the car when they came out long after I had put in my order with Ford of Franklin but reading about something and actually experiencing it are two different things. Let me say, none of the hype this car received is overblown!
The first thing that hits you when you push the red button on the left of the shifter is the sound. It sounds like no other Mustang I have ever owned, aftermarket exhaust or no. And that's without activating the active exhaust! Flip that toggle and it really rumbles. The clutch is light, almost too light, IMHO, and the Tremec tranny shifts with great action. Now, there is a lot of talk of how the car lack low-end grunt. It's a myth. Sure, it does not have the low end torque of the LS7 in the z/28, but it does not need it. Get into the throttle, and it pulls. And pulls and pulls and pulls! I've yet to have it over 6K RPM at this point, but I have no doubt it will pull like a freight train to it's 8200 rpm redline. And the brakes. The car stops with authority, but they are not grabby at all and amazingly smooth. And lastly, the ride. I have experienced the Gen5 z/28 and compared to this car, the z feels like a go-cart. The spring rate is firm without being harsh and the magnetic ride setup is amazing. The car rides like my GT with performance pack did. Oh, and lastly, yes, it was stuck with a gas-guzzler tax, but the average MPG during this first 100 miles is right about what the GT/PP was getting.