2019 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 – V2.0
Ford just upgraded it’s most lauded Mustang Shelby GT350 ever. Welcome to V2.0!
Ford introduced Mustang Shelby GT 350 to celebrate the Christmas in 2014. it was supposed to be a limited run production car. However today Ford announced the reworked and upgraded (as Ford prefers to call) Mustang Shelby GT350 – V2.0 available again in fall 2018 as 2019 model year car. Guess there is still time for the Shelby GT500? There’s hardly any visible change in the appearance, however, Ford has introduced few new splashes of shades to distinctify from its predecessor and new 19-inch aluminum wheels to sport a fresher look.
As the word goes beauty is skin deep, Ford has reworked hard on this to tame this Mustang Shelby GT350. Gaining help and insight from the racing driver Billy Johnson – the FIA World Endurance Ford GT and IMSA Mustang GT4 programs, Johnson has broad expertise in what makes for a great driver’s car. He worked with Ford Performance to dial and tune in the Shelby GT350 for 2019.
Upgraded and enhanced with improved aerodynamics that reduces drag with the new spoiler and adds downforce with optional Gurney flap installed. A new and exclusive custom Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires, with a Shelby GT350-specific tread pattern and different compound to deliver more grip for significantly improved acceleration and lateral acceleration, as well as braking. The 295/35 front and 305/35 rear tires are fitted to improved stiffness and optimize new 19-inch aluminum wheels. Plus chassis and antilock brake tuning for dramatically greater grip.
“Somewhere, Carroll is smiling,” said Hermann Salenbauch, global director for Ford Performance vehicle programs. “The new Shelby GT350 is our ultimate track Mustang. We’ve stuck to Carroll Shelby’s original formula for winning championships and made our Shelby GT350 even better with the latest in race-proven aerodynamics, tire, and chassis technology.”
No changed to the most cherished Shelby GT350’s exclusive high-revving flat-plane 5.2-liter V8 remains the most powerful naturally aspirated Ford production engine ever and the only one of its type in the segment – delivering 526 horsepower and 429 lb.-ft. of torque at a blistering 8,250-rpm redline. It’s mated to a track-proven and precise-shifting Tremec 6-speed manual transmission.
Enhanced stopping power is provided by the repackaged six-piston front and four-piston rear caliper Brembo brakes. For added control and improved driver feedback, Shelby GT350’s electric power-assist steering and three-mode electronic stability control settings feature enhancements taken from Ford Performance’s hundreds of hours of competitive track testing. Upgraded standard MagneRide on the to Mustang Shelby GT350’s active suspension also complement the aero and tire enhancements with recalibrated springs and revised damping to take full advantage of the improvements.
Johnson said “Along with improved grip, brake and chassis refinements, Shelby GT350 brings a whole new level of performance driving,” he said. “It’s a rewarding car to drive on track for amateurs and pros alike while making the driver feel like a superhero. It’s confidence inspiring in corners and begs to be pushed harder and to take corners faster.”
Inside the cabin, the driver and the passenger will feel at home with an upscale interior. Thanks to a standard machined aluminum instrument panel appliqué with an available exposed carbon fiber version, plus newly designed door panel inserts in dark slate Miko suede with accent stitching. A wrapped center console offers rich world-class craftsmanship. Standard Recaro race seats with firm side bolstering and open pass-throughs for safety harnesses offer the highest level of performance, while new power-adjustable seating is available with Miko suede inserts for those looking for added comfort.
A new high-performance, custom-tuned 12-speaker B&O PLAY audio system by HARMAN is now available for the 2019 Mustang Shelby GT350, controlled via the now standard 8-inch SYNC® 3 touch screen that features SiriusXM and FordPass Connect. Dual-zone electronic automatic temperature control is now standard, along with a universal garage door opener.
New colors for the 2019 Mustang Shelby GT350 include Velocity Blue and for the first time, Ford Performance Blue. Optional factory-painted over-the-top racing stripes are available in high-gloss Shadow Black, Oxford White or Kona Blue. Mirror-mounted Shelby Cobra Projection Lamps come standard in the available Technology Package.
The 2019 Mustang Shelby GT350 will be available starting in early 2019 and will be built at Flat Rock Assembly Plant in Flat Rock, Michigan. Enrollment in an exclusive, complimentary Track Attack driving program from Ford Performance is included with each vehicle.