As usual the 2019 GT350 will act as the flawless balance between the regular Mustang and the track-bred GT350R, but Ford consulted with Billy Johnson, FIA World Endurance driver for Ford GT, to help the GT350 achieve better performance on the circuit. Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires with a GT350-specific tread pattern and compound replace the previous GT350's Michelin Pilot Super Sports. Also, unlike the non-Shelby models, the 2019 GT350 will not wear the new front end design, with the engineers sticking with the front end from the 2015-2017 model years.
The GT350 will come equipped with a 5.2-liter V8 engine capable of making 526 horsepower with 429-pounds of torque.
This morning at the M1 Concourse road racing facility in Metro Detroit, the Motor Company introduced the 2019 Shelby GT350 Mustang to a small group of media members.
The model continues to have a standard MagneRide suspension setup, but it has been re-tuned using data from Ford Performance track tests.
Ford reveals GT350 updates, but the one change United Kingdom customers are waiting for remains elusive. The naturally aspirated 5,2-litre V8 delivers the same 392 kW and 581 N.m as before, and is again mated to six-speed manual transmission from Tremec.
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"It's a rewarding auto to drive on track for amateurs as well as pros", he said.
Next, the engineers added a new rear spoiler with an optional Gurney flap for improved rear end downforce while a new grille with blocked out areas improves aerodynamics without negatively impacting the engine cooling process. "It inspires confidence in corners and makes you feel like a superhero".
While numerous upgrades are focused on performance, Ford didn't overlook creature comforts. Power-adjustable seats with synthetic suede inserts are available at extra cost, to go with the dark gray, contrast-stitched synthetic suede door panels. The B&O Play upgraded radio is also available, while dual-zone climate control is now standard.
"The new Shelby GT350 is our ultimate track Mustang". 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.
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.