Ford has revealed the upgraded Mustang Shelby GT350. The 2019 model gets improved aerodynamics and custom made Michelin tyres.
Ford worked with Michelin to develop new 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 19-inch aluminum wheels are shod with tyres measuring 295/35 front and 305/35 rear.
There is a new rear spoiler with optional Gurney flap – which according to Ford, will deliver significant aerodynamic efficiency and more downforce.
Upgrades to the standard MagneRide active suspension complement the aero and tire enhancements with recalibrated springs and revised damping.
Stopping power comes from 6-piston front and 4-piston rear caliper Brembo brakes. For added control and improved driver feedback, the 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, the company said.
The 5.2-liter naturally aspirated V8 delivers 526 hp and 429 lb.-ft. (582 Nm) of torque at 8,250 rpm redline. It’s mated to a Tremec 6-speed manual transmission.
We don’t have the interior photos just yet, but features inside include machined aluminum instrument panel appliqué (exposed carbon fibre version optional), door panel inserts in dark slate Miko suede with accent stitching, Recaro race seats, 8-inch SYNC 3 touchscreen, dual-zone auto AC and universal garage door opener.
Other options include custom-tuned 12-speaker B&O PLAY audio system by Harman and power-adjustable seating with Miko suede inserts.
New colors for the 2019 Mustang Shelby GT350 include Velocity Blue and for the first time and Ford Performance Blue. Optional factory-painted over-the-top racing stripes are available in high-gloss Shadow Black, Oxford White or Kona Blue. The optional Technology Package includes mirror-mounted Shelby Cobra Projection Lamps.
The 2019 Mustang Shelby GT350 will be available in early 2019 and will be built at Flat Rock Assembly Plant in Flat Rock, Michigan. Complimentary Track Attack driving program from Ford Performance is included with each vehicle.
“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.”