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    2019 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 Gets Upgraded

      New tires and revised suspension are the key changes


    The Mustang Shelby GT350 is already quick around a track, but Ford believed they could do better. So they brought the GT350 into their workshop and made various tweaks and changes. The end result is the 2019 Shelby GT350 that not only promises to be quicker, but also easier to drive at the limit.

    It begins with the tires. Ford worked with Michelin on developing tires specific to the GT350. The end result is a set of special Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires with a unique tread pattern and compound. They wrap around a set of restyled 19-inch wheels. The anti-lock brakes and steering have been retuned to handle the performance of the tires.

    The suspension gets a new set of springs, anti-roll bars, and an updated tune for the MagneRide adaptive dampers. A new aero package includes a revised grille with sections that are blocked out, revised rear wing, and a Gurney flap.

    Ford has also worked on making the Shelby GT350 a bit more comfortable for passengers. There are new door panel inserts, power adjustments for the front seats, dual-zone climate control, 12-speaker audio system, and a eight-inch touchscreen.

    Pricing hasn't been announced, but the 2019 GT350 will be available beginning early next year.

    Source: Ford


    ‘Somewhere, Carroll Is Smiling;’ New 2019 Shelby GT350 Adds Tech From Mustang Road Course Racing And All-New Shelby GT500

    • Upgraded 2019 Mustang Shelby GT350 improves on precision and balance all to deliver faster lap times and performance on-track and on the street
    • 2019 Mustang Shelby GT350 performance enhancements include improved aerodynamics that reduce drag with the new spoiler and adds downforce with new available Gurney flap installed, new custom Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires, plus chassis and antilock brake tuning for dramatically greater grip
    • Shelby GT350 benefits from Ford Performance Mustang road course racing experience and Shelby GT500 aerodynamic advancements, plus hundreds of hours of on-track and full vehicle simulations; Billy Johnson, Ford GT World Endurance driver, helped dial in final performance tuning

    DEARBORN, Mich., June 11, 2018 – To improve the new Ford Mustang Shelby® GT350 driver confidence and lap times, Ford Performance leveraged its Mustang road course racing programs and all-new upcoming Shelby® GT500, infusing GT350 with the very latest in track and street technology.

    “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.”

    From F-150 Raptor to the Ford GT supercar, Ford Performance is creating authentic performance cars, trucks and utilities that deliver heart-pounding excitement for customers around the world.

    Next-level chassis technology and aerodynamics

    Building on a road course racing and track-focused legacy born in 1965, Ford Performance engineers and designers incorporated the latest advances in tire, aerodynamics and chassis technology into the 2019 Mustang Shelby GT350.

    Working exclusively with Michelin, the team also engineered new 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.

    An all-new rear spoiler with optional Gurney flap and optimized grille closeout was designed and tuned with experience gained from wind tunnel development of the Ford Performance Mustang road course racing cars and upcoming Shelby GT500 model. Together, they deliver significant rear greater aerodynamic efficiency when equipped with the new optional Gurney flap on the rear spoiler, which will be available after launch.

    Upgrades to Mustang Shelby GT350’s standard MagneRide active suspension complement the aero and tire enhancements with recalibrated springs and revised damping to take full advantage of the improvements.

    Stopping power is provided by 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.

    Tuning with Billy Johnson in the driver’s seat

    Billy Johnson knows racing. As a driver for 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 in the Shelby GT350 for 2019.

    Shelby GT350’s exclusive high-revving 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.

    Johnson said the result of the new Mustang Shelby GT350’s aerodynamics tuning, revised brake calibration, and much greater downforce is a more balanced, higher-performing car on the straightaways and especially in the corners.

    “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.”

    More craftsmanship, technology and style

    Inside, driver and passengers of the 2019 Mustang Shelby GT350 are treated to a comfortable, stylish and purpose-built cockpit boasting the latest in advanced technology and premium materials expected of a world-class sports car.  

    Fresh sporting cues include 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.




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    So another $75K to $100K pony car that most cannot afford to drive. 

    We'll good luck to them. Nice looking car though.

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    4 minutes ago, ccap41 said:

    I'm curious what this gurney flap looks like on this car. 

    Guess it has to do with the wing and trunk lid.

    See the source image

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    6 minutes ago, dfelt said:

    So another $75K to $100K pony car that most cannot afford to drive. 

    We'll good luck to them. Nice looking car though.

    GT350 is not a 75k-100k car. GT350 starts at $57,XXX. 

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    1 minute ago, ccap41 said:

    GT350 is not a 75k-100k car. GT350 starts at $57,XXX. 

    That was 2018 pricing ;) :P After all Ford need profits. ;) 

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    Just now, dfelt said:

    That was 2018 pricing ;) :P After all Ford need profits. ;) 

    And there will be substantial dealer markups.  I wonder what the percentage of these will be purchased and stored to keep the mileage down for eventual auctioning, and how many will be wrecked immediately...

    10 minutes ago, ccap41 said:

    I'm curious what this gurney flap looks like on this car. 

    I assume it will be a turned up flap at the edge of the rear wing, like the wickerbill on Corvettes.

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    2 minutes ago, Cubical-aka-Moltar said:

    And there will be substantial dealer markups.  I wonder what the percentage of these will be purchased and stored to keep the mileage down for eventual auctioning, and how many will be wrecked immediately...

    I agree that there will be dealer markups but I bet there are a lot less now than there were when they first came out. I can't imagine there are many people still willing to overpay for this car. 

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    13 minutes ago, ccap41 said:

    I agree that there will be dealer markups but I bet there are a lot less now than there were when they first came out. I can't imagine there are many people still willing to overpay for this car. 

    There is bunch of GT350 base around me going now under MSRP already (around $58k).  Not very easy to find a lot of buyers for a $60k sports car after initial hype died down.

    Too bad this car is way out of my budget, the car is awesome.  I bet the upkeep on it is not cheap either.

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    2 minutes ago, ykX said:

    There is bunch of GT350 base around me going now under MSRP already (around $58k).  Not very easy to find a lot of buyers for a $60k sports car after initial hype died down.

    Too bad this car is way out of my budget, the car is awesome.  I bet the upkeep on it is not cheap either.

    That sounds about right. I would only think there is a sold 6-8 month window that they can be marked UP before people will find dealerships that aren't doing that from the beginning and find ways to get them at a reasonable price. 

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    5 hours ago, ccap41 said:

    That sounds about right. I would only think there is a sold 6-8 month window that they can be marked UP before people will find dealerships that aren't doing that from the beginning and find ways to get them at a reasonable price. 

    Yep, that can't last forever....and with a pretty good lineup behind it, makes me wonder who many will bite as well....

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    Wish all Auto companies would punish dealerships for marking up over MSRP on new released auto versions. They offer NOTHING to the customer except stealing their money.

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    26 minutes ago, dfelt said:

    Wish all Auto companies would punish dealerships for marking up over MSRP on new released auto versions. They offer NOTHING to the customer except stealing their money.

    It's just supply and demand.. if people would stop being willing to overpay it would quickly stop.

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    18 minutes ago, ccap41 said:

    It's just supply and demand.. if people would stop being willing to overpay it would quickly stop.

    True and I get that, but then you have companies that do hold the line on MSRP. Like Bose, no one can sell below the MSRP price and no one is allowed to sell over it. They can do it, just takes leadership.

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