Shelby GT350 – A Low Cost M4 Alternative?

BMW M4 | May 27th, 2015 by 15
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Some of the folks over at have stumbled upon a pricing sheet for the upcoming Ford Mustang Shelby GT350. It’s not absolutely official, as …

Some of the folks over at have stumbled upon a pricing sheet for the upcoming Ford Mustang Shelby GT350. It’s not absolutely official, as of yet, but according to sources at Ford, the pricing sheet found is accurate. If that’s the case, the Shelby GT350 will have a starting price of around $49,999 after Gas Guzzler Tax. Throw in an extra $6,500 for the Track Pack and you get MagneRide Shocks, selective drive modes and oil coolers for the transmission and differential. That’s about $56,500 for a track ready Mustang with a 5.2 liter, flat-plane crank, 520hp firebreathing V8, magnetic dampers, Brembo brakes, a Torsen differential and a 6-Speed manual. Not too shabby.

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So what does that mean for BMW? Well it depends. To all of the fans reading forums and commenting on websites, it could mean that the M4 now has a big threat in the form of a stampeding Mustang. The GT350 not only out powers the M4 but is also considerably cheaper, as the M4 starts life at $64,200 before destination. Add in any bells or whistles and the M4 is easily cresting the $70,000 mark. So the GT350 will offer a serious argument to that of the M4. Many will wonder why they should pay a minimum $10,000 price increase to get the M4 when they can have a, most likely, faster GT350 for less.

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Will M4 shoppers be swayed by the calls of the Mustang? No, almost definitely not. BMW customers will seldom cross shop a Ford. The GT350 might be all of the performance that the M4 is, and maybe even more, but it won’t be the scalpel sharp driver’s car that the M4 is. It will almost certainly not be as refined, comfortable or usable in everyday life. The M4 is a unique car in that it offers such high levels of performance, just with the added luxury BMW drivers have come to expect.

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Luxury and refinement are the areas where the GT350 falls to the M4, but that’s okay, because the GT350 isn’t meant to be a refined, luxurious vehicle. The GT350 is meant to rip your face off at the track, and it should do that very well. But that’s also something that the M4 was designed to do. The M4 is no slouch on the race track, in fact, it’s one of the better road cars on the market for track use. But will the GT350’s track-bred focus be able to best the M4’s duality when the roads get twisty?

It’s possible and, if so, could make the M4 look very vulnerable to some. In my honest opinion, the M4 will be the better car, and I say that without the GT350 even being released yet. But I say it because the GT350 will be what it has always been, a very capable, high-performance track car for the road. While the M4 is a very fast, capable, high-performance road car that can be used on the track. However, try explaining that to the folks who only hear horsepower numbers and 0-60 times. The GT350 will probably best all of the M4’s numbers, and at a significantly lower cost, but it probably won’t have the same level of finesse.

But the M4 has been compared to such cars as the Camaro Z/28 before, so it’s possible that people will make this comparison as well. Seeing as the cars will have similar performance numbers, the idea isn’t farfetched. What do you think, will the upcoming Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 be a low-cost alternative to the BMW M4? It might be faster and better on a track, but will it be the better car?

15 responses to “Shelby GT350 – A Low Cost M4 Alternative?”

  1. Kaisuke971 says:

    The Viper ACR is and has always been way cheaper than the GT3 RS. But do people care ? Hell no !

  2. joseph_rma says:

    you just sayed the perfect word “finesse” and it’s the main difference alongside their segments

  3. kderentz says:

    As someone who has owned a E90 M3 and few other BMWs I can say that refinement it usually what other cars lack. Especially in the interiors. With that said however Ford really has been killing it in stepping up the game on that. I have a V6 Mustang rental recently while traveling for work and was highly impressed with the interior (motor left a LOT to be desired) and this was a base set up. If Ford puts in some leather wrapped Recaros and adds nice materials they might actually get some people to think twice on the M4.

  4. Stephen Garrett says:

    Haha, I love this talk of luxury and refinement.

    The M4’s job is NOT to be luxurious and refined. It’s to have good performance, excitement, and driver involvement. If you don’t think the Mustang GT350 is going to beat the M4 at all 3 of those things, you’re a clueless fanboy.

    I mean, damn, I love BMW, and own one, but their newest cars are not the driver’s cars they once were. This GT350 is going to offer superior performance for less money. And will actually offer some things the M4 doesn’t. And the GT350R will still be less than the M4, and will mop the floor with it.

    • Samuel Kim says:

      But at the end of the day is a cheap Ford.

      • Stephen Garrett says:

        If you think that, you obviously have not been in a new Mustang. If it’s so cheap, what does that make BMW for having to get thousands of dollars worth of options for simple things like a back-up camera and bluetooth audio streaming?

        Besides, these are performance cars first and foremost. If you’re so worried about luxury, go buy a Mercedes. Even they are as fun to drive as most new BMW’s, any way.

      • Crawford Fountain says:

        At Nurburging
        GT 350 7:32
        M4 7:52

    • Mike says:

      “but their newest cars are not drivers car they once were” LOL
      i strongly disagree with that, coz the M4 is one of the best M cars, having owned one for few months now, i can assure you that it is a pure drivers car. maybe you should drive one.

      • Don Carillo says:

        Having owned an E-46 M3, I can tell you that people do and will cross shop the gt350 and the M4. When looking at a replacement for my M3 in 2010 I test drove back to back the e-90 M3 and the 2011 Mustang GT with the Brembo brake package. This came from the advice of a friend who owns one of every series of the M3. I at first balked at the idea of a Mustang replacing an M3 till my friend said,”Try that new Mustang with the coyote motor, you will be surprised”! Guess what, I was more than surprised and decided to get the Mustang GT over the M3. When asked by my friends what it drives like- I just hand them the keys and say it’s like an M3 with torque! The last generation Mustang GT equaled the e-90 M3 on the road and on the track. Was it as refined? Not quite but nothing a few thousand on new dampers wouldn’t fix( on a car that cost 20k less) and by the way the old beam axle was a non factor. I got the premium interior on the car which included about every option you get on the car which you would have to pay a lot more from BMW. Nice interiors on the Ford which have now gotten even better. The only thing I changed on the car were the tires. I switched from the Pirelli P-zeros to the Michelin Pilot Super Sports- drove and handled much better with better tread wear and a better price than the original Pirellis. turns out the new GT-350 will have a version of the Pilot Super Sports as well. Will I cross shop the new M4 and the Gt-350? You bet! I will drive both and preferably back to back.

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