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Pricing for the most curve-capable Mustangs ever leaks; 2016 Shelby GT350 starts at $48,695

With only 137 examples of the Shelby GT350 and only 37 units of the hotter GT350R built for the 2015 model year, interested buyers have been anxiously awaiting the 2016 model year and its pricing for a better chance to scoop up the most track-capable production Mustang ever.

Pricing information for the 2016 GT350’s has been leaked ahead of an official announcement thanks to a popular Mustang forum. There will only be a few options for both the GT350 and the “R” variant, and they won’t come cheap.

The 2016 Shelby GT350 will start at $48,695 including destination (but not the gas guzzler tax). The more track-focused GT350R will be an additional $13,500, bringing the MSRP to $62,195.

From most to least expensive, available packages include: the Technology Package ($7,500), the Track Package ($6,500), the Electronics Package ($3,000) — presumably a scaled-down version of the tech package — painted black roof ($695), over-the-top racing stripe ($475), triple yellow tri-coat paint ($495), and car cover ($375).

As a refresher, the GT350 is powered by a 5.2 liter naturally aspirated flat-plane crank V8, delivering over 520 horsepower and 400 pound-feet of torque. Exact specifications have yet to be released, but we do know the only available transmission is a 6-speed manual, just like the good Lord intended.

The GT350 also gets Ford’s first adaptive damper system called MagneRide, 19-inch wheels, Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires, and a lower ride height. The GT350R has a more aggressive setup including full carbon fiber wheels, a re-tuned suspension, bigger brakes, stronger aerodynamic components, and a diet of 130 pounds compared to the regular GT350.

No 2016 model year production numbers have been released, but expect them to be similarly limited in the manner of last year’s run.

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