While the latest Ford Mustang range made its way into Europe for the first time in its history, its high-performance Shelby variants, namely GT350 and GT350R, are still a long way from being introduced there. According to Autovisie, Ford of Europe won’t be launching the Shelby Mustang in Europe anytime soon. Fueled by the great success of the standard ‘Stang in the continent, the European division is trying hard to bring the Shelby variants there, but haven’t got a positive response from the U.S. headquarters, suggests the report.
In case Ford decides to bring the Shelby variants to Europe, it will have to make many revisions in order to comply with the stringent European regulations. Some parts, like the hood scoops and few other elements have to be removed or revised to comply with the safety regulations. The company probably wants to wait and watch how the standard Mustang performs in the European markets and determine whether demand for an even more powerful Shelby variant exists or not.
The 3.7-litre Ti-VCT naturally aspirated V6 engine is not offered in Europe. The only engine options are the controversial 2.3-litre EcoBoost turbocharged four-cylinder engine and 5.0-litre Ti-VCT naturally aspirated V8 engines offered here, of which the latter is in high demand in almost all European markets. The Shelby variants pack an all-new 5.2-liter flat-plane crankshaft V8 engine that churns out 526 hp and 429 lb.-ft. (713 Nm) of torque.
More details about the 2016 Shelby GT350 Mustang and 2016 Shelby GT350R Mustang can be found here.