As many of us know, there are numerous formidable and unique aspects to the all-new Shelby GT350. A 5.2-liter V8 engine utilizing a flat-plane crankshaft dubbed the ‘Voodoo engine’ by Ford powers both the Shelby GT350 and the GT350R. The engine is appropriately backed by a Tremec TR-3160 6-speed manual transmission.
There’s good reason for why the pair of Shelby Mustangs use a Tremec transmission, one that is specific to only the GT350 and GT350R. This exclusive Shelby Mustang uses a modified version of the Tremec transmission which is found in cars such as the sixth-gen Camaro SS and the ’13+ Cadillac ATS, only this version has been altered to meet the demands of the flat-plane crank engine and its rev-happy high-RPM capability.
Double- and triple- cone synchronizers feature hybrid and sintered bronze-friction material and are the same size as the ones used in the Tremec TR-6060 6-speed manual and Tremec says this is extremely beneficial because “the greater the friction surface, the easier the transmission is to shift.”
And like most modern transmissions nowadays, the TR-3160 also features an integrated ‘reverse-inhibiting solenoid system’ which prevents shifting into reverse when the vehicle is moving forward at 3 MPH or more. So what does this translate to in terms of driving experience? Well, it’s easily said, one of the best shifting transmissions we’ve ever shifted in our opinion. We’ll be covering the Shelby GT350’s Tremec transmission in greater detail in the near future, so stick with us until then and enjoy this teaser!