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Shelby GT350 gets refined aerodynamics, chassis tuning for 2019

Shelby GT350 gets refined aerodynamics, chassis tuning for 2019”

The powertrain is also unchanged for 2019, meaning the GT350 continues with the 392kW/582Nm 5.2-litre naturally-aspirated V8, mated exclusively to a Tremec six-speed manual transmission.

The Mustang Shelby GT350's standard MagneRide active suspension now has recalibrated springs and revised damping, while six-piston front and four-piston rear caliper Brembo™ brakes keep everything under control.

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".

Ford says it worked "exclusively" with Micheline to develop the car's tires that will even come with a "Shelby GT350-specific tread pattern" that the automaker claims will improve acceleration, lateral acceleration and braking. "It's confidence inspiring in corners and begs to be pushed harder and to take corners faster".

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.

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. A machined aluminum instrument panel applique (with an available exposed carbon fiber version) pairs with a new door panel insert covered in a slate Miko suede finish with accent stitching.

Buyers are also treated to a few interior upgrades including a standard eight-inch infotainment system, dual-zone climate control and available power adjustable seats.

The 2019 Mustang Shelby GT350 will go on sale early next year and the model will be offered in two new colors including Ford Performance Blue and Velocity Blue. Optional factory-painted over-the-top racing stripes are available in high-gloss Shadow Black, Oxford White or Kona Blue.

These changes for the 2019 model year were made with help from FIA World Endurance Ford GT driver Billy Johnson.

Speaking to Motor1, Ford said after feedback from customers that liked the current Shelby's look, it chose to focus on chassis changes rather than aesthetic ones.

While the Motor Company rolled out the 2019 Mustang Shelby GT350 today, there was no word on the GT350R. 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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