First Drive: The 2016 Shelby Terlingua Mustang

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2016 Terlingua Mustang
The Terlingua Mustang did not disappoint. We’re talking great looks, serious performance, and enough goodies to keep even the most dedicated weekend racer grinning from ear-to-ear for days. Photo © Jonathan P. Lamas

Boasting over 750 horsepower, with iconic Shelby looks to match, the new Terlingua Mustang is a serious racer through and through. We recently had a chance to lay down some laps in the car at Spring Mountain Motorsports Ranch, just outside of Las Vegas, Nevada. No doubt, it was a day to remember. Base $65,999 (not including base 2015-2106 Mustang GT). Limited Edition 75 Units (50 models in the United States + 25 International).

Behind the Wheel: Power, Performance, and Good Looks

The new Shelby Terlingua Mustang is, for all intents and purposes, a car designed for the track, but legal for the street. Based on the 2016 Mustang GT, the Terlingua boasts performance upgrades such as Ford Performance Half Shafts, Ford Performance 3.73 Gears, a Coolant Reservoir and HD Radiator, in addition to Camber/Caster Plates. It also features a Eibach adjustable suspension, and rides on Black 20-inch WELD Racing Wheels with high performance tires.

In keeping with Terlingua tradition, each Terlingua Mustang sports a “Gawdawful Yellow” exterior or hood, along with various other “Gawdawful Yellow” accents inside and out. This includes a Terlingua Racing Team Crest, as well as an autograph plaque of Bill Neale, Carroll Shelby and Jerry Titus.

As I eased myself into the car’s optional Sparco driver’s seat (featuring a Terlingua Katzkin upholstery upgrade), I couldn’t help but notice the Mustang’s “Gawdawful Yellow” Barton short-throw shifter. Talk about attention to detail. Other interior features included Terlingua Racing Team Branded Headrest Covers, an optional 4-point harness and roll cage, as well as a carbon fiber 3-gauge dash pod for oil, fuel and boost readings.

After acquainting myself with the car’s set up, I adjusted the mirrors, buckled in, and started her up. The Terlingua let out a serious growl, thanks to its Borla performance exhaust. Other journalists nearby gave me a thumbs up; definitely a good sign. One smooth shift into first via the short throw shifter, and I was on my way.

On The Track: A True Racer

As I made my way out onto the track (see video), the first thing I noticed about the Terlingua Mustang was the car’s incredible acceleration as I put my foot to the floor. The Terlingua is equipped with a 750+ horsepower yellow powder coated Whipple supercharger, taking the car to a completely new level of performance over the base GT Mustang. We’re talking 680+ horsepower to the wheels and 603 ft.-lbs. of torque.

Even better, the Mustang stuck to the track like glue in heavy cornering. Case in point. I spent a good portion of the day in the car. Lap after lap, it never broke loose; not even once. Much respect to the team at Shelby for engineering a car with such precise handling and cornering capabilities. This is largely due to the car’s Eibach adjustable suspension, in addition to various other engineering components such as the car’s Terlingua vents built into the Mustang’s hood, and the car’s carbon fiber rear diffuser. The Mustang even features fuel tank baffling to prevent cornering fuel starvation, and a patent-pending engine breather system, along with additional suspension components, designed to help the car take cornering loads.

That said, I’m all for acceleration, but stopping power is important too. One of the most impressive features of the Terlingua Mustang was its Yellow Brembo 6-piston front (4-piston rear) brakes. No matter what I threw at the car, it stopped on a dime time and time again. No brake fade made for a much more confident driver, which, in turn made for much faster lap times.

Journey’s End: We Have a Winner

When all was said and done, I left the track with a big smile on my face. The Terlingua Mustang did not disappoint. We’re talking great looks, serious performance, and enough goodies to keep even the most dedicated weekend racer grinning from ear-to-ear for days. Even better, you can drive it to and from the track due to its versatile, street legal, nature.

While the car is a bit out of my price range ($65,999+ a base GT Mustang), I’d be honored to own one of these limited-edition racers. No doubt, my morning commute would never be the same!

Those of you inclined to spend a few dollars would definitely find the Terlingua Mustang to be a great value through and through. That said, you’d better claim yours while you can. With only 50 available in the United States, and 25 internationally, the Terlingua Mustang truly is a limited-edition modern-day classic. “Hare” today, gone tomorrow!

Positives: Powerful Acceleration, Serious Braking Power, Great for the Track or Street

Negatives: Extremely Limited Edition

Final Thoughts: This car will leave you grinning from ear-to-ear!

Source: Shelby American