2020 Shelby GT500 vs. GT350R: Comparison and Driving Impressions

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With all this talk over the 2020 Shelby GT500, it’s no wonder that many are wondering how it pairs to its now little brother, the Shelby GT350R. By the numbers, they are certainly two different vehicles that cater to two different kinds of drivers.

The Shelby GT350R is an all-around driver's car that has just the perfect amount of power for a well-balanced ride whether it’s on a backroad or road course. On the other hand, the Shelby GT500 takes all of that and turns the volume knob up to 11 - raw power with zero compromises for performance whether it’s a straight line or hard cambered turns.

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Between those exact two vehicles, call me crazy, but I think I'd actually choose the 350R.
Not crazy at all. It's like the argument between the 350 and the GT. The GT is a better street car because of the lower rev/powerband. The 350 is a better all round car than the 500 because even on some tracks, 760hp is not really usable. Not exactly the same, but I choose a scat pack over a hellcat because I drive it every day. Don't get me wrong though, with unlimited money/space/time I'd have two of every animal.
 

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It's a no brainer, the high reving V8 with a stick shift is the winner.
 
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the Shelby GT500 takes all of that and turns the volume knob up to 11 - raw power with zero compromises for performance
Not entirely true. Weight for one is a compromise, as is the DCT 7-speed trans, gear ratios could be a lot more aggressive.

Just my humble opinion.
 

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If anyone wants to share upcoming lottery numbers or SPCE share price for some options plays I’ll do just that!:like:
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The key for me was that I was able to pay all my Rs off, I'm trading the yellow one in for the 500CFTP. I got a screaming trade in value for the TY R, and I'll have a reasonably small balance on the new 500. The car I'm trading in is the one with the most miles. The AG R just broke 1000 miles today, and the base white R has only 300 miles. I think I'm set for a while.

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The key for me was that I was able to pay all my Rs off, I'm trading the yellow one in for the 500CFTP. I got a screaming trade in value for the TY R, and I'll have a reasonably small balance on the new 500. The car I'm trading in is the one with the most miles. The AG R just broke 1000 miles today, and the base white R has only 300 miles. I think I'm set for a while.

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I get having multiple sportscars. But, if I had the space, they would all be different vehicles. Any reason you have 3 of the same one though? My wife also just said she wouldn't want both a Corvette and a Viper because they are too similar...
 

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I get having multiple sportscars. But, if I had the space, they would all be different vehicles. Any reason you have 3 of the same one though? My wife also just said she wouldn't want both a Corvette and a Viper because they are too similar...
One is a rare base R (collector), the AG R is my all around sports car, the TY R was my track car. The TY R is being traded in for the CFTP GT500 (which will be my new track car).

It makes perfect sense, lol
 

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Just get one of each
I highly concur, if you can make it work. Best of both worlds and nothing is left to be desired since your heart will be content...:rockon: or maybe that's just me...lol
 

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Even though I've never driven the GT500, I have a strong feeling the GT500 won't capture the same accolades the GT350/R has over its lifetime. 2 time runner up to drivers car of the year, losing both times to cars double the price or more of the 350R, says something.
GT500 is a brute and is fast, and I may end up with one later this year, but if my '17 had a motor in it that I trusted to last 75 to 100,000 miles, i would for sure keep it, but being as it is, I'll probably move forward. I may regret it :(
 

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Even though I've never driven the GT500, I have a strong feeling the GT500 won't capture the same accolades the GT350/R has over its lifetime. 2 time runner up to drivers car of the year, losing both times to cars double the price or more of the 350R, says something.
GT500 is a brute and is fast, and I may end up with one later this year, but if my '17 had a motor in it that I trusted to last 75 to 100,000 miles, i would for sure keep it, but being as it is, I'll probably move forward. I may regret it :(
The development driver told me personally that the 500CFTP is exponentially better than the R in every way. He told me this as I watched him do things to my R around Daytona that I did not think possible.

The jury is out. Its a shame mine didn't come in time.
 
 
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