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Another update in my automotive wandering: the new ford GT350

Ford performance: the all-new Shelby® GT350® Mustang - YouTube


A very different vehicle than my 981CS, but I have to confess it has me intrigued. Its size and weight may ultimately disqualify it, but my reaction to this car is pretty positive, I would say I am leaning towards it over the C7 as a replacement for my CS.

the sound at the end...(about 1:07) is electric...
 

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Admittedly a nice vehicle. And if you decided to go that way I'm sure you will enjoy it. Looks like a lot of very cool technology but just a little too heavy for me, not to mention that with all the technology options it is probably going to be a little pricey.

In terms of keeping the balance of nature you are good to go as I just sold my Shelby GT 500 and bought a 981 BS. So, if you jump from the Porsche brand to a Ford brand then you will just be offsetting my move from Ford to Porsche.
 

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Another update in my automotive wandering: the new ford GT350

Ford performance: the all-new Shelby® GT350® Mustang - YouTube


A very different vehicle than my 981CS, but I have to confess it has me intrigued. Its size and weight may ultimately disqualify it, but my reaction to this car is pretty positive, I would say I am leaning towards it over the C7 as a replacement for my CS.

the sound at the end...(about 1:07) is electric...
Saw the new Mustang GT at the Tampa Car Show this weekend. My wife commented, and I agreed, it is a very large car with a very long hood. Looks good but it also looks heavy, very biased to the front. I will bet it will not handle anything like a small mid engine sports car. :2cents:

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I had a 2013 GT500 with coilovers, Stop Tech brakes, Watts Link, Torque arm and a few other goodies to make it a track star. I'd take my 981 CS over it any day. I don't even miss the 662hp.
 

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Don't like the weight and size, I've been impressive with American cars for a while now, whenever they come up with a new style and I read the specs, it's amazing. Then I approach it in real life and I'm never impressed. They all looked too big and bulky when I parked my 997 next to it. I want a lighter and smaller sports car and not a bigger and more hp sports car.
 

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Don't like the weight and size, I've been impressive with American cars for a while now, whenever they come up with a new style and I read the specs, it's amazing. Then I approach it in real life and I'm never impressed. They all looked too big and bulky when I parked my 997 next to it. I want a lighter and smaller sports car and not a bigger and more hp sports car.
Fully agree - but a muscle car is not a sports car ;)

I want a lighter, smaller AND more hp sports car = 450hp Cayman GT4 :)
 

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I had the pleasure of driving a stock Boss 302 at WGI. It was a very impressive car for the money. I expect the GT 350 will be a big step up and faster than a CS on track. I like the looks of the new Mustang and the snarl of the flat plane V8 is awesome. I'm shopping for a Ford this week. An F150 to tow my Cayman race car to the track.
 

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I too have oozed over that video and the notion of the GT350. But I had a 2011 GT500 manual, SVT, Coilovers, links, sways, braces, etc. The thing was a beast, but such a CHORE to drive. The realization was its just too much for the street. Sucked down soooo much fuel.

Would take my 981C over it any day. Love wringing out the 2.7 for everyday driving. Love the x73 chassis and the way it fits me like a glove.
 

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Don't like the weight and size, I've been impressive with American cars for a while now, whenever they come up with a new style and I read the specs, it's amazing. Then I approach it in real life and I'm never impressed. They all looked too big and bulky when I parked my 997 next to it. I want a lighter and smaller sports car and not a bigger and more hp sports car.
You said it better than I could. Ever since 1972, when I got an Audi 100 LS, American cars just seem big and awkward and clumsy to me. Maybe not reality, but definitely my impression. When I tried a Corvette about five years ago, none of the controls seem to respond well. I'm sure it's better now, but I'm just hooked on mid engine Porsches, and I'm hoping to not ever try a 991, in case I get hooked on that. Bad enough that my 914 was a gateway drug to a used 986 and now a new 981.
 

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The domestic manufacturers would do well to get their heads out of the "retro musclecar" mindset and invent something new. Mercedes has big, heavy and lots of cubes covered...all packaged up in bodies that look a heckuva lot nicer than the Mustang. Price points are admittedly different, but so is the build quality and ownership experience.
 

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the sound at the end...(about 1:07) is electric...
I used to love Shelby 350s. Started to save for one. Then came the GT500KR, looked great as a convertible, kept saving. Ended up with a new dual SU side draft carb, high winding sports car and never looked back. Kept saving for the big mod, trip weber sidedrafts. Never saved enough. Two totally different vehicles for different purposes.

At 1:07 the rumble of a V8 is still cool, but not as cool as a 426 hemi with open headers, and definitely not as cool as the wail of a flat six.

Different cars for different folks. :)
 

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The domestic manufacturers would do well to get their heads out of the "retro musclecar" mindset and invent something new. Mercedes has big, heavy and lots of cubes covered...all packaged up in bodies that look a heckuva lot nicer than the Mustang. Price points are admittedly different, but so is the build quality and ownership experience.
I beat the snot out of my 13 Shelby with probably 13k worth of track miles on her. She didn't flinch, which surprised me.
 

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I love my 987.2 CS, but I too have my eye on the GT350 and the C7 Z06 for my next car. They are the best American cars to come out in decades. I love the styling and that they are building them to go fast on a track and not the strip.
 

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Personally, I like the style but the Mustang platform is a heavy car.
The GT weighs in around 3700 lbs while the CS is around 3000--that's a lot of extra weight to muscle around the track.
Also, the Ford 15" longer, but 2' narrower.

I like the turbo 4 version--310hp, about as fast as the base Cayman, looks like it could be fun at the track. Price at roughly $30k but is less than 100lbs lighter than the GT.
My thought here is Ford needs to put their passenger cars on the same diet the F150 just went through.
 

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Yup as many have said here, there is no question I would be giving up some aspects of my 981CS to get into a 350GT. Things like the precision, refinement, balance, nimbleness and unique sound of the flat six. I also prefer the asthetics of the 981CS, the 350GT is a little too busy as domestic products tend to be (for me).

But I tend to have that affliction that I need to change cars every 2-3 years. I don't want to just get another 981 (variety is the spice of life), so when I look on the automotive horizon I don't really anything else that stirs me like this car that is attainable for me (I do love the look of the AMG GT, but its price is almost double and it doesn't come in a manual). So it's definitely on my radar, more so than the C7. There is hope they might keep the weight down to 3500lbs or so which makes it not so far off the C7 z51. Even if I don't ultimately get one, kudos to ford for building such a stirring car.
 

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What you are reading is automotive hype. The car isn't even on the road yet or for sale.
Read the first glowing descriptions of the C7 Corvette and the real world between the line from the automotive hype now that a few are out in the world.
These writers get paid, vacations, dinners whatever to write this stuff.-Richard
 

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What you are reading is automotive hype. The car isn't even on the road yet or for sale.
Read the first glowing descriptions of the C7 Corvette and the real world between the line from the automotive hype now that a few are out in the world.
These writers get paid, vacations, dinners whatever to write this stuff.-Richard
Just read an article in Car and Driver, that said the two C7 they used for an article on the C7, blew their engines on the track. The yellow one they originally took delivery for testing and the silver one for long term testing, both. Brand new cars ! :eek:

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