The 526bhp flat-plane crank V8 remains, as does the six-speed manual transmission. 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.
Just in case you didn't know already, the Shelby GT350 runs the most powerful naturally-aspirated production engine Ford has ever built.
Perhaps the most notable update is the addition of a new rear spoiler with optional Gurney flap and optimised grille closeout, which Ford says 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.
The Shelby part begins with upgraded electric power-assisted steering, revised electronic stability control settings, MagneRide active suspension with recalibrated springs and revised damping, Brembo six-piston front and four-piston rear brake callipers, and new 19 inch alloy rims shod with 295/35 front and 305/35 rear Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres developed specifically for the GT350 with a special compound and tread pattern.
Ford introduced its racetrack-tested 2019 Mustang Shelby GT350 at an appropriate spot in the M1 Concourse racetrack in Pontiac on Monday, June 11 in front of members of the media.
Among them are a new set of Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires specifically designed for the vehicle and a recalibrated MagneRide computer-controlled suspension system. "It's confidence inspiring in corners and begs to be pushed harder and to take corners faster". 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.
Finishing off the list of exterior mods, Ford has added Velocity Blue and Ford Performance Blue to the range of available colors. What they can not opt for, though, is the same aesthetic or functional updates Ford made to the standard Mustang for this 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".