Many people wonder about the difference between the GT350 and GT350R so we made this article to discuss everything that separates the two. While many factors are similar between the two, there are key differences that really set them apart from each other. Additionally, check the link for the article below that discusses both the GT350 and R models as well as every S550 model that was created.
While the price of these two vehicles might seem like a huge amount, but what you get for the price is well worth it! In 2015, the GT350 comes in starting at around $50k and the GT350R starts around $63k. Currently in 2019, the prices have went up pretty dramatically with MSRP of the GT350 now starting around $59,140 and the 350R being around $70k. Keep in mind these are what they start out at and can be sold for a much more expensive price.
As much as someone wants there to be a different engine between the two models there isn’t. Both contain the 5.2L flat plane crank V8 with an output of 526 hp and 429 lb-ft of torque, but it is still a very insane engine. What really separates the GT350R from the base model is its success on the track. Some key additions to the “R” are heavy duty springs to create a stiffer feeling suspension as well as coolers for the engine oil, differential, and trans fluid.
Once of the key upgrades with the GT350R are the wheels and tires. The “R” model wheels come equipped with carbon fiber wheels instead of the standard aluminum wheels on the GT350. The switch to carbon fiber saves about 60 additional lbs on this already light car. Also, less weight means less energy to move the wheels. This equates to improved response time which can mean the difference in a race. Additionally, Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires came equipped on the 16’-18’ “R”s and didn’t become available on both models until 2019. These were so essential because they are specifically designed for road racing and tight cornered rides. Plus, the 20% deeper tread keeps you moving efficiently even in rain. Another huge upgrade is the carbon fiber grille opening. Even though both versions come with this grille opening, in 2019 both versions were introduced with a smaller opening that helps cool air as it enters the car. Lastly a big improvement is the carbon fiber wing and larger splitter. This wing is completely unique to the “R” and is completely functional. Both the splitter and wing were created to not only reduce lift, but create downforce as well. Additionally, the carbon fiber helps trim even more weight off to create the performance look that everyone strives for. The final touch is the that the “R” comes equipped with red exterior emblems to set it that much more apart from competitors.
If there was anything disappointing about the package, the interior is at the top of the list. Both of these vehicles were released with performance in mind so there is very little difference between the two interiors other than the “R” has red stitch interior. Most noticeable is the GT350R doesn’t come with A/C or back seats. The “R” can be upgraded as an optional package when first purchasing this vehicle but other than that, both models are identical.
At the end of the day it depends on personal preference. If you love the track and want the best performance possible, we couldn’t recommend a more suitable vehicle at the best price. As always, Ford continues to make performance Mustangs ahead of the pack because of their cheaper price point compared to its competitors. Just another reason we at LMR.com pride ourselves on being the “real” Mustang enthusiasts!