Report: Shelby GT350R Beats Z/28 ‘Ring Time by Five Seconds
But if a report from HorsepowerKings is to be believed, the Shelby GT350R already locked on, took aim, and blew the Camaro Z/28’s Nürburgring lap-time away as early this past September.
By how much? The Z/28’s ‘Ring time was 7:37.40. HorsepowerKings says that the GT350R clocked a 7:32.19 lap. That’s five full seconds better.
It’s also reported that the Shelby GT350R will pack between 540 and 560 horsepower, which seems relatively consistent with the idea when compared to the Z/28’s 505 horsepower.
So, can anyone confirm any of this? Nope. HorsepowerKings also reported that the Shelby GT350 would be priced to undercut the Z/28, which also remains as-yet unconfirmed.
They also reported earlier today that the Z06 ran a sub-seven-second lap-time, a claim which was summarily dismissed by, oh, the Chief Engineer of the Corvette Z06. So take that for what it’s worth.
HorsepowerKings suggests that it has gleaned its information from a reputable source, but simply saying that one has sources can be taken with about as much skepticism as someone saying that Jesus spoke to them on a piece of toast.
Jalopnik’s Patrick George arguably sums it up best here: “Is the ‘Ring time believable, though? Leaving aside the obvious point that these lap times are ultimately kind of meaningless, I say maybe.”
Bottom line: the 2016 Shelby GT350R Mustang is going to be stupid fast, and whether it outpaces the Z/28 on the ‘Ring is really of little consequence—even if it would be a nice feather in Ford’s cap.
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News Source: HorsepowerKings
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Graham Eubank is the President of Palmetto Ford. He started with the company in 1990 after graduating from Clemson University. Palmetto Ford is a Ford dealer serving Charleston and carries an extensive line of new cars, including the Ford Explorer, F150, Mustang, Focus and much more.