Evan J. Smith
Freelancer
August 20, 2015

Today, the very first production 2015 Ford Shelby GT350 rolled off the assembly line in Flat Rock, Michigan; this very special Mustang was driven off the line by Bill Ford Jr. and being production number Chassis F0001, we’re concluding that this is the very car that will go to the high bidder from the Barrett-Jackson auction. Proceeds from the auction of the GT350R will benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF).

“This is a special day for all Mustang enthusiasts,” said Mr. Ford. “We have taken the GT350 formula to the next level of innovation, style and performance. Today the legend continues.” This marks the official start of production for the much-anticipated Mustang, which we’ll drive next week at the official press launch.

Like the 1965 Shelby GT350, the first 2015 model GT350R was fashioned in white with blue stripes. This track-ready Mustang is rumored to have beaten the Camaro Z/28 handily and run neck and neck with the Porsche 911 GT3.

We know of quite a few Muscle Mustang & Fast Fords readers who have ordered a new GT350 and are chomping at the bit to exercise all 526 naturally aspirated horsepower. The heart of the Shelby GT350 is the new 5.2L Voodoo engine that is based around the 5.0L Coyote, but enhanced with more displacement, a flat-plane crankshaft and improved breathing. Oh, it’s got more compression and is designed to rev past 8,000 rpm, which is amazing for an American V8.

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We urge you to stay tuned to www.Mustang-360.com, as we’ll have a full drive report in exactly one week. We’ll be on track to bring you a full review of the handling and straight-line performance. And we’ll be packing our video gear so you can hear all the sounds and see everything we do with the 2015 Shelby GT350 and the GT350R.