In the automotive industry, there are a lot of different prestigious organizations and publications that hand out awards to various cars on a regular basis, some differentiating based on segment. You’ve probably heard of awards like Motor Trend Car and Truck of the Year or resale value honors from Kelley Blue Book. One of these publications in question is the magazine Popular Mechanics, which covers a variety of different subjects, not just cars. Their content covers everything from DIY projects to flight to even space. However, the publication just recently handed out the Sports Car of the Year title to none other than the Ford Shelby GT350R Mustang.
Popular Mechanics reportedly selected the Shelby GT350 Mustang from a variety of other sports cars in the high-performance segment due to its ability to push the limits of its class, excelling above and beyond the expectations for the average performance car. Referred to as the most track-capable, street-legal Mustang ever made, the Shelby GT350R Mustang contains the most powerful engine that Ford has ever engineered — a 5.2-liter V8 engine that cranks out 526 horsepower and 429 lb-ft of torque.
The publication’s high praise for the Shelby GT350R Mustang is not recent, either. Popular Mechanics has been covering the reveal and production of the model from its inception, with articles dating back to July 2015 praising the NASA technology utilized when designing the sports car’s class-exclusive carbon fiber wheels.
In such a competitive segment that comprises entirely of second-cars owned for the sake of leisure, holding the title of Sports Car of the Year is a big achievement for the Shelby GT350R Mustang – however, it’s an honor the powerful car has certainly earned through excellence in engineering and incredible performance.
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