From GT 350 to GT 350R

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  1. VoodooPower

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    I currently have a 2016 Base GT 350 and purchased a 2018 GT 350R today. Can others who have went from 350 to 350R chime in and let me know if making the jump was good decision? Are the handling characteristics much improved? Do you really like your R? I plan on tracking it about 3 days a summer. I can’t settle for an automatic GT500 so I decided on the 350R.
     
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    Congrats. It's the only way to go IMHO. If you have a specific question, fire away.
     
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    i dont know bout a non-R, but i went from a honda odyssey to a GT350R and the difference is amazing :crackup:

    congrats on the R! :rockon:
     
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    Thanks!...from reading other threads from time to time it seems like most owners love the R. I think it’s probably a safe bet that I’ll be the same.
     
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    Tell us, why did you make the change?
     
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    I enjoy the few track days that I attend and figure the R is a joy on the track. My current car is a base so doesn’t have magneride so I was attracted to that aspect as well. The R’s are really holding their value and I anticipate this holding true for years to come with slight depreciation. This will probably be the last Naturally Aspirated all out track mustang that ford produces. Randy Probst and Jay Leno have nothing but rave reviews about the R so I figured how could I go wrong. Haha
     
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    Been thinking the same way lately. Tomster, how much actual difference between a Track Pack 16 and an R? Is it enough to justify the jingle?
     
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    Congrats on the R. Just a heads up that all the GT350's have MagneRide dampers. Springs, sway bars and damper programming is different on the R.
     
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    I'm not Tomster, but the looks, red accents, spoiler, red brakes, carbon wheels, exclusivity were all worth the price of admission.

    I bought my car to track, specifically because it had less power/ torque, magnetic ride, more forgiving and less expensive than my Gen 5 Viper. Frankly, a better platform to learn on while still powerful enough to keep you interested. Now that I have a lot of track time under my belt since buying my '16... I'm going to track the Viper also.
     
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    I looked up at one point, but note that the part numbers are actually different on the R dampers.
     
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    But will I see $15-20k worth of extra performance? Looks are great but red badges and brakes are easy to install. I understand the exclusivity and all but if I drop the jingle on a R, I want to feel a difference.
     
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    This shouldn’t even be a question lol. Congratulations
     
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    2016 Base GT 350 did not have magneride dampers. I currently own a base GT 350 and it does not have magneride.
     
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    Exactly
     
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    I've always said that the value lies within the VIN. It is a much rarer car. You could take a standard 350 and put forged aluminum wheels on it, throw some cup2s on and that is a huge bridge in the gap. Next add a wing, splitter, suspension, take out the back seat, etc and it's just about the same (a few minor differences).

    From a track perspective, the R is lighter (for all the reasons above). I feel the R is leaps ahead of a 350 on the track unless the modifications are done. But hey, if you are going to go to all that trouble, just buy an R. The prices have come down some.

    Again, anybody can clone an R, but you can't clone a VIN.
     
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    I am in the process of doing the same (waiting for my 19R). I had the chance to actually drive one (thanks @Tomster ) which reinforced my decision to do it. For me the track pack GT350 is close but even with trying to replicate the handling of the R while I got close with FP springs, rear sway bar, lightweight wheels and Cup2s is not quite the same. I guess the biggest difference to me was how balanced the R feels.

    Congrats and enjoy it!
     
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    Just to add to what Tom had to say about the difference between a Track Pack car and an R model October 2015 I was very fortunate to test drive a 2016 Track Pack car back to back with a 2016 R model at Sebring with the difference being significant to say the least especially after I was able to sit in the jump seat of a couple R models that day with a professional driver taking charge of the driving duties.

    We were on a short course a Sebring and specifically remember the speeds that we were able to establish in certain parts of the road course with the R model well ahead of the Track Pack car.

    Don't get me wrong as the Track Pack cars are very fast but with the CF wheels, Cup 2 tires, stiffer springs, larger anti sway bars, lower center of gravity and a reduced unsprung weight the R is a faster vehicle on a road course.

    As far as justifying the extra cost for an R I would suggest it all comes down to each individual owner and as Tom mentioned the rarity of an R does come into play especially if you are like some of us older enthusiasts that really like the elusive Base R model.

    :wink:
     
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    Not the base 2016 model.
     
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    Thats what I thought. I thought the tech pack gt350's without track pack had magneride, but just lacked transmission coolers and some other minor stuff
     
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    Funny you bought then asked the Forum. Seems you already knew there is a difference..it is tangible. And like Tomster, I want an additional R for my collection.
     
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