Here's Why Ford Discontinued The Mustang GT350R – HotCars

It was an insanely great car, one that left a mark in Mustang’s history.
Every muscle car lover will know what the Ford Mustang is. The Shelby Mustang was first introduced to the automotive world in 1965. The year 2016 saw the first-ever GT350R model, which rivaled the likes of the Chevy Camaro Z28 and the Porsche 911 GT3. It was loved for being a more track-focused, hardcore, and limited-production version of the GT350.
However, the manufacturers decided to put an end to the Mustang GT350R not long ago. It was an insanely great car, one that left a mark in Mustang's history.
Here's why Ford decided to stop the production of the GT350R.
RELATED: Rare Find! 1-Of-34 Shelby Mustang GT350R Up For Grabs At Mecum Auction's Kissimmee 2021 Event
2020 was a sad year for fans of the GT350 models, like the GT350R, as Ford announced it was putting an end to their production. In a statement, Ford announced that a 760 hp Shelby GT500 was in full stride. Therefore, they are focusing their efforts on the exciting new passion project for the future of Mustang.
As a result, its insane 5.2-liter engine and immense speeds won't have a home anymore. They will no longer be produced for fans of ultimate muscle cars to enjoy. We do hope that their new projects will make up for it because the Mustang GT350R will be missed.
It isn't clear if the GT350R will have a direct successor. The limited-edition Mach 1 Mustang will be impressive, there's no doubt about that. But, it won't pack a flat-plane crank. Instead, it will feature a cross-plane and a smaller engine, which will dramatically reduce the horsepower from 751 to 480. It will still be good, but it won't be the GT350R.
It is extremely upsetting to hear that it is the end of the Mustang GT350R but for now, we hope owners will cherish them and give them the love that they deserve. It will forever remain in the hearts of muscle cars lovers and anyone who appreciate a powerful car, for that matter.
RELATED: Does The New Ford Mustang GT350R Live Up To Its Predecessor?
The GT350R model featured the same 5.2-liter flat-plane crank V8 engine as the GT350 model. It was capable of producing the same power, but the grip was significantly increased by the means of wider Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires, carbon fiber wheels, and weighing around 15 pounds less. The Mustang GT350R could top speeds of 172 mph and output a whopping 751 supercharged horsepower. It was a blast around the track and would certainly pin the driver to their seat at top speeds.
The Ford Mustang GT350R was a car that did not come cheap, yet the prizes and specifications justified it. The serial number 001 was sold at the 2015 Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Auction for $1,000,000, and the successor models went on to win races. The GT350R won Road & Track magazine's 2016 "Performance Car of the Year" and Car and Driver magazine's "10 Best Cars" for 2016. So, why was such a great car discontinued?
When Ford called up Carroll Shelby and asked him to build a car capable of competing with the Corvette, they had no idea what would come from it.
Megan McCoig is a writer based in London, most likely typing from a coffee shop or at my desk looking over the city. Pathologically into celebrity cars and the future of the industry.

source