In the push to create the 2020 Shelby GT500, Ford Performance engineers learned how to push the platform to new performance heights. Along the way it was easy to roll some of those pieces back into its Shelby GT350 cousins to make the whole lineage faster. Those upgrades included refinements to the engine block and cylinder heads that benefitted all of the GT350s. Now will all the hype on about the pending GT500, you might not realize that Ford Performance is still offering the R-model version of the GT350, and in the 2020 model year this car will get even faster in the corners by adding the GT500s high-trail steering knuckle complemented by a new steering rack and recalibrated steering software to make the most of the new, better hardware. For the 2020 model year, the Shelby GT350 will add a few new colors to its palette. Grabber Lime and Twister Orange deliver a new spin on classic 70s hues, while Iconic Silver (pictured) and Red Hot Metallic are the latest modern color options. Its always been our plan to take the latest innovations from the GT500 program and strategically apply them across the Mustang lineup, Ed Krenz, Ford Performance Chief Program Engineer, explained. These latest updates to the GT350R keep its performance competitive and on the top if its game, whether thats on the track or on the street. While the GT350R still focuses on performance with weight-reducing gear like a rear-sheet delete, carbon-fiber wheels, and a resonator-free exhaust, buyers can add an optional Technology Package that adds a 12-speaker B&O premium sound system and a host of driver-assist tech. The GT350R is the best-handling Mustang to date, and these upgrades look to keep it at the head of the naturally aspirated class. Photography Courtesy of Ford Motor Company The post The 2020 Shelby GT350R Gets Even Faster With Gear From Its GT500 Cousin appeared first on Hot Rod Network .