RE: Updated 2019 Mustang GT350 announced - Page 1 - General Gassing

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There are also new 19-inch wheels that are wrapped in new Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires with a Shelby GT350-specific tread pattern and different compound to deliver more grip.

The last Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 came in fifth-generation guise (live rear axle) making 662 hp using a 5.8-liter supercharged V8. Six-piston front and four-piston rear Brembo brakes carry over, but the calibration has been revised, as has the calibration for both the three-mode stability control and the electric power steering system-all in an effort to improve driver feedback.

Ford has confirmed the return of the high performance pony vehicle for 2019, even as it readies the introduction of a GT500 model for early next year.

Underhood, the Shelby GT350's high-revving 5.2-liter V8 remains; redline rests at 8,250 rpm. The accompanying six-speed manual gearbox is one of the best in the business, too.

2019 Mustang Shelby GT350
2019 Mustang Shelby GT350

"It's a rewarding auto to drive on track for amateurs as well as pros", he said. The team also optimized the grille closeout thanks to the experience the team gained from the wind tunnel development of the Ford Performance Mustang road course racing cars and upcoming Shelby GT500 model. "It's confidence inspiring in corners and begs to be pushed harder and to take corners faster".

Just in case you didn't know already, the Shelby GT350 runs the most powerful naturally-aspirated production engine Ford has ever built. Inside, the GT350 gains machined aluminum instrument panel trim elements that are available in carbon, as well as power-adjustable Miko suede bucket seats and suede door trim. The auto also comes with additional standard equipment including a dual-zone automatic climate control system, a universal garage door opener and an 8-inch SYNC 3 infotainment 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. 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.

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