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Old 06-11-2018, 04:30 PM   #1
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The 2019 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 is being shown off today at the M1 Concourse racetrack in Pontiac, Michigan. While it’s a lot like the outgoing model, Ford says it offers some important track-oriented upgrades.

Ford promises faster lap times in the 2019 GT350, with the most important new component being the tires: Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2s that Ford says have a Shelby GT350-specific tread pattern and a different compound over the outgoing Michelin Pilot Super Sports.


Though The Blue Oval brand hasn’t released any performance numbers, it does say the 305/35 rear tires and 295/35 fronts (wrapped around new, prettier wheels) will yield “significantly improved acceleration and lateral acceleration, as well as braking.”


On the outside, the 2019 Shelby GT350 looks like the outgoing GT350, and indeed, you might notice that the lights are actually the same as those of the pre-refresh (pre-2018) Ford Mustang. A Ford spokesperson said this was done in part, because the new lights would have required new GT350-specific fenders, and also because nobody was complaining about the GT350’s gorgeous design.


The Mustang’s Chief Engineer Carl Widmann discussed the car’s aero improvements, pointing out the additional grille “blanking” up front. According to Widmann, the outgoing car had some excess cooling capacity, so Ford decided to close off a bit more of the grille to reduce front lift and aerodynamic drag. Widmann says the 2019 model’s drag coefficient dropped by about .010.


Out back there’s a beautiful new wing, and Ford even says there’s a Gurney flap coming later in the year for additional downforce, but more drag compared to the standard wing.


The new Shelby GT350 also got “recalibrated” springs, adjusted sway bars and retuned MagneRide dampers to go along with the new tires and aero features. Widmann told me the shocks themselves likely didn’t get many hardware changes from the outgoing ones (perhaps the rears got a new jounce bumper, he said), but they were re-tuned.


This Ford Mustang GT shock is similar to that of the GT350
I spoke with a Mustang suspension engineer who worked on the Mustang GT Performance Pack, and he told me that re-tuning for the new damper inputs (which have changed from the outgoing model thanks to the revised tires) involved adjusting how much current goes into the coils (the orange bits in the Ford Mustang GT shock image above) in the damper under differing driving conditions. This changes the magnetic field created, and alters how “tight” the bond is among the ferrous particles in the damping fluid, thus changing the stiffness of the shock.


Ford says the 2019 Shelby GT350 goes on sale earlier next year, and though the powertrain is unchanged from the outgoing model, the promise of more grip and an easier time getting to the limit sounds good to me.




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Old 06-11-2018, 11:27 PM   #2
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I like how they didn't change the exterior at all.
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Old 06-12-2018, 06:50 AM   #3
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Old 06-12-2018, 07:59 AM   #4
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My neighbor has a red one without stripes that he keeps spotless. It is such a beautiful car and sounds so good. My wife, who dislikes Mustangs, has asked me a few times how much one costs. Even non-Mustang people like them it seems.
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Old 06-12-2018, 08:47 AM   #5
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Im not a 2 door or mustang person, but I would dig that car, in that same color.
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Old 06-13-2018, 04:35 AM   #6
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Also glad Ford didn't uglify the exterior of this one in an attempt to "refresh it". If it ain't broke...
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Old 06-13-2018, 10:00 AM   #7
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Even non-Mustang people like them it seems.
That would be me. I've lusted after a couple models, though.
The '93 Cobra was epic. I saw a blacked out one at the drag strip back in the day that ran low 10's, and that was it...I had to have one...someday.
Only took 25 years until Ford took my money.



I thought this thing would fly under the radar, but people immediately notice it.
Apparently, it really stands out against the GT.
What I like is that the GT350 is not a drag-car. You can roll into the throttle from low RPM's with no tire spin. The über-wide power band makes for quite the country road driving experience.
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Old 06-13-2018, 10:13 AM   #8
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congrats skylab! Perfect color. I would do NOTHING different
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Old 06-13-2018, 10:24 AM   #9
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Pretty much every color combo looks good; I know you are already enjoying it skylab, but, enjoy! I want it in grabber blue with white or black stripes; basically the opposite of yours.
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That would be me. I've lusted after a couple models, though.
The '93 Cobra was epic. I saw a blacked out one at the drag strip back in the day that ran low 10's, and that was it...I had to have one...someday.
Only took 25 years until Ford took my money.



I thought this thing would fly under the radar, but people immediately notice it.
Apparently, it really stands out against the GT.
What I like is that the GT350 is not a drag-car. You can roll into the throttle from low RPM's with no tire spin. The über-wide power band makes for quite the country road driving experience.
Beautiful car and motor. I think over time it will appreciate (NO ADAS + voodoo). Your color combo and the magnetic grey, I heart!
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I have really enjoyed mine. I likr the idea of lighter wheels but otherwise this is the only car in like 30yrs I have made virtually no modifications to (ceramic coated and put on clear bra because mine is black and paint is a pain to maintain).



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That would be me. I've lusted after a couple models, though.
The '93 Cobra was epic. I saw a blacked out one at the drag strip back in the day that ran low 10's, and that was it...I had to have one...someday.
Only took 25 years until Ford took my money.



I thought this thing would fly under the radar, but people immediately notice it.
Apparently, it really stands out against the GT.
What I like is that the GT350 is not a drag-car. You can roll into the throttle from low RPM's with no tire spin. The über-wide power band makes for quite the country road driving experience.
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Old 06-13-2018, 11:16 AM   #12
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My neighbor has a red one without stripes that he keeps spotless. It is such a beautiful car and sounds so good. My wife, who dislikes Mustangs, has asked me a few times how much one costs. Even non-Mustang people like them it seems.
Yup, haven’t liked them since mid 90’s but the new body style is wonderful
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It's the only American car my wife has any interest in owning. I hate stripes, but not on that car. It looks the part.
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(Didn’t see that in the article)

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The first three minutes warms my heart.


...and this happened, my first time taking her to the Saturday morning meet (wasn’t planned):


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I drove the Cobra out to Half Moon Bay - was passing the Ford dealer so I stopped in and test drove a gt350. What a car! Like a 2-door e39 M5 with more ruckus. Still needs more power though. Perhaps sacrilege, but a whipple might make it perfect.
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...and this happened, my first time taking her to the Saturday morning meet (wasn’t planned)
Hands down my favorite meet.
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I drove the Cobra out to Half Moon Bay - was passing the Ford dealer so I stopped in and test drove a gt350. What a car! Like a 2-door e39 M5 with more ruckus. Still needs more power though. Perhaps sacrilege, but a whipple might make it perfect.
Less weight. Lots of less.
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The GT500 will most likely satisfy the want for more power.

But unless the salesman let you take the GT350 over 8,000 rpm, I would disagree that it needs more horses.

I’ve been there briefly a couple times and backed off (ya know, public road).

It’s reminiscent of my first drive in the ‘91 ZR-1:
-clutch out, gas pedal down
-nothing...waiting...waiting...I see...
-4,000rpm...hood lifts, rear squats, eyes bulge open
-pull, pull, pull...and we’ve gone to plaid

I remember coming out of second gear and coasting into third...at 88mph!
And that was with only 375 ponies.

*sigh*

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Seen a few GT350/GT350R's out in the wild and on the track. Absolute beasts! They have it all, looks, performance, power and that growl.

If I come across one for the right price. I might pick one up.
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Seen a few GT350/GT350R's out in the wild and on the track. Absolute beasts! They have it all, looks, performance, power and that growl.
There's one that I occasionally see in my daily commute, you can hear it coming.

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The GT500 will most likely satisfy the want for more power.

But unless the salesman let you take the GT350 over 8,000 rpm, I would disagree that it needs more horses.

I’ve been there briefly a couple times and backed off (ya know, public road).

It’s reminiscent of my first drive in the ‘91 ZR-1:
-clutch out, gas pedal down
-nothing...waiting...waiting...I see...
-4,000rpm...hood lifts, rear squats, eyes bulge open
-pull, pull, pull...and we’ve gone to plaid

I remember coming out of second gear and coasting into third...at 88mph!
And that was with only 375 ponies.

*sigh*

/Memory lane
Flux Capacitor must not have been engaged

Victim of acceleratory relativism - my butt dyno has been re-calibrated by the Cobra - it puts down high 6XX's to the wheels at 9K and weighs about 2200

Is the GT500 going to be a sports car like the gt350, or stay true to form and be the drag king?
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Flux Capacitor must not have been engaged

Victim of acceleratory relativism - my butt dyno has been re-calibrated by the Cobra - it puts down high 6XX's to the wheels at 9K and weighs about 2200

Is the GT500 going to be a sports car like the gt350, or stay true to form and be the drag king?
True to Form for average buyer, 50/60, bald, married 3 times, house remortgaged 3/5 times, alongside vette.
So how old are You Nick? Lawyer giving you a deal on third divorce?
Joking aside, here’s one 4ya


https://www.roadandtrack.com/car-cul...stang-details/

And for shelby500 stuff check out this one

https://lmr.com/products/2019-shelby-gt500-specs-photos
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True to Form for average buyer, 50/60, bald, married 3 times, house remortgaged 3/5 times, alongside vette.
So how old are You Nick? Lawyer giving you a deal on third divorce?
Joking aside, here’s one 4ya


https://www.roadandtrack.com/car-cul...stang-details/

And for shelby500 stuff check out this one

https://lmr.com/products/2019-shelby-gt500-specs-photos
Thanks Avanti! Benchmarking a GT3, GT500 might be more track than strip! SC aluminator won't sound as sweet though. Probably not for me since I don't fit the demographic yet
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