Shelby GT350 gets refined aerodynamics, chassis tuning for 2019

2019 Mustang Shelby GT350

Engineers have revised the GT350's MagneRide suspension to complement the revised aerodynamics, tweaking the spring rates and damping. The electric power steering system has also been updated thanks to hundreds of hours of competitive track testing.

While numerous upgrades are focused on performance, Ford didn't overlook creature comforts.

"Along with improved grip, brake and chassis refinements, Shelby GT350 brings a whole new level of performance driving", said Billy Johnson, FIA World Endurance Ford GT and IMSA Mustang GT4 driver.

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.

Created to deliver faster lap times and better performance overall, the 2019 GT350 has a number of aerodynamic improvements including an all-new rear spoiler with an optional Gurney flap.

2019 Mustang Shelby GT350
2019 Mustang Shelby GT350

Ford has confirmed the return of the high performance pony auto for 2019, even as it readies the introduction of a GT500 model for early next year. "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". The auto comes equipped with Recaro race seats with spots for safety harnesses, but customers can now opt for power-adjusting seats with Miko suede inserts. All that grunt heads to the rear wheels through a 6-speed manual transmission.

"It's a rewarding auto to drive on track for amateurs and pros alike, while making the driver feel like a superhero". Dual-zone climate control and a garage door opener are now standard as well, and available options include a HARMAN premium 12-speaker audio system and exposed carbon fiber on the instrument panel. Buyers can also opt for factory-painted racing stripes in high-gloss Shadow Black, Oxford White or Kona Blue.

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

However, it appears the 2019 GT350 goes without the design changes seen in the revised Mustang range, meaning the headlights and tail-lights are carried over from the outgoing model. The reconfigurable gauges seem like they'd be a natural fit for a track-focused vehicle, so it's disappointing that the flashy setup isn't available on the revised Shelby. No word on pricing just yet.

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