Ford emailed us today to clarify that the GT350R verion of the Ford Mustang will indeed only come in manual. It’s a nice contrast to the usual high-dollar trend, most notably in the newest Ferraris, Lamborghini, and even Porsche’s two-pedal-only GT3 RS.
The GT350R will have a Tremec TR-3160 six speed that is “lighter and stronger” as Ford claims. They elaborate with a number of very hardcore phrases.
- “gun-drilled main shaft” that is “power-honed in a post-heat-treating operation for a reduction in gear lash”
- “sides of the gears” that “are milled to remove unstressed material”
- “specially formulated carbon-bronze triple-cone synchronizers ... engineered to deliver the feel of a bronze synchro with the heat capacity of carbon”
- the shift mechanism uses “low-friction main pivot-ball and shifter-linkage joints” for a “satisfying, positive shift engagement”
That’s so tough I think I won a bareknuckle boxing title just reading that.
The GT350R is a high-tech track missile of carbon fiber and flat plane cranks. But there are some wonderful old school touches that shine through. This manual-only business perfectly sums that up.
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