Ford reveals howling mad Mustang Shelby GT350

Doris Richards
June 12, 2018

The powertrain is also unchanged for 2019, meaning the GT350 continues with the 392kW/582Nm 5.2-litre naturally-aspirated V8, mated exclusively to a Tremec six-speed manual transmission.

The 2019 GT350 looks more or less the same as last year's vehicle, but promises better "performance on-track and on the street".

For 2019, it gets a host of improvements, Ford announced on Monday, ranging from performance to daily niceties. The grille closeout, rear wing, and optional "gurney flap" on the 2019 GT350 were first developed on the all-new, 700-horsepower GT500.

You will not however spot the changes to the suspension - the dampers and springs have been revised - or to the electronic safety and power-steering systems. "It's confidence inspiring in corners and begs to be pushed harder and to take corners faster".

Among them are a new set of Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires specifically designed for the auto and a recalibrated MagneRide computer-controlled suspension system.

Inside, Ford has channeled early Shelby trim styling with an engine-turned aluminium instrument panel appliqué (also available in carbon fibre for an edgier new-millenium look) and Recaro racing seats with firm side bolsters and built-in slots for a racing harness. The performance auto will come available in Velocity Blue, Ford Performance Blue, and can come with factory-painted racing stripes in several different colors.

"Along with improved grip, brake and chassis refinements, Shelby GT350 brings a whole new level of performance driving", said Billy Johnson, FIA World Endurance Ford GT and IMSA Mustang GT4 driver. Buyers can also opt for factory-painted racing stripes in high-gloss Shadow Black, Oxford White or Kona Blue. And that does make a degree of sense - unlike the standard Mustang's front fascia, the Shelby's is designed for heavy duty track work, channeling air where it's needed.

Oddly, the revised Shelby GT350 will not share the reworked headlights, taillights, or digital gauge cluster that the lesser 2019 Mustangs received. No word on pricing just yet.

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