Published: Wed, June 13, 2018
Technology | By Christopher Mann

Not dead yet: Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 returning for 2019

Not dead yet: Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 returning for 2019

Under the hood is a 5.2-liter flat-plan V8 that delivers 526 horsepower and 429 lb-ft of torque with help from a Tremec 6-speed manual gearbox.

The standard MagneRide suspension has been recalibrated with new springs and revised damping, making it even sharper. Also, the settings for the electric power-assist three-mode electronic stability control have been changed.

Ford has announced a handful of tweaks to its reputedly brilliant GT350, the racy Mustang said to be benefitting from "the very latest in track and street technology".

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Not dead yet: Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 returning for 2019

"It's a rewarding vehicle to drive on track for amateurs and pros alike, while making the driver feel like a superhero".

The new Gurney flap and grille closeout were designed in the wind tunnel, using what the company learned with the GT4 Mustang and the upcoming Shelby GT500. "It's confidence inspiring in corners and begs to be pushed harder and to take corners faster". The wheels aren't the only thing that are new as Ford worked with Michelin to develop a set of custom Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires.

The 2019 Mustang Shelby GT350 will be available to customers in the United States starting in early 2019, with prices expected to start around the $50,000 mark and enrolment in a complimentary Track Attack driving program included in the cost of each vehicle.

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The auto Ford showed off at the M1 Concourse in Pontiac, Michigan - we were there to drive the Mustang GT Performance Pack Level 2 - didn't have the interior upgrades yet.

What's New: For the new model year, Ford Performance chose to focus on improving the GT350's handling characteristics, improving aerodynamics, suspension, brakes, and tires. Power-adjustable seats with synthetic suede inserts are available at extra cost, to go with the dark gray, contrast-stitched synthetic suede door panels. There's also a new high-performance 12-speaker audio system provided by Harman, and a now-standard eight-inch Sync 3 touchscreen system.

Along with its current crop of exterior paints, the GT350 can now be had in Ford Performance Blue or Velocity Blue, with optional Kona Blue, Shadow Black, or Oxford White racing stripes if desired. The GT350 hasn't received the styling updates that debuted on the rest of the 2018 Mustang lineup, which had put a question mark over its future in the lineup.

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The 2019 Ford Mustang GT350 will first become available early next year.

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