The potent Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 and GT350R twins may receive an optional dual-clutch automatic transmission in the coming years.
An article from Road & Track cites a report from the Mustang6G forums who have uncovered evidence that Ford will soon offer the GT350 with a dual-clutch auto while retaining the current six-speed manual ‘box.
It isn’t yet known if the automatic transmission in question will have six speeds or like the new Ford GT, seven gears. Whatever the case may be, the reason to offer the GT350 models with a second gearbox option is quite simple; improved performance.
The manual-only GT350R has already proven itself to be a rival to much more expensive European sports cars and supercars on a racetrack. The inclusion of a quick-shifting dual-clutch would make the muscle car that much more capable, both in a straight line, along twisty canyon roads and of course, at a circuit.
As is, the 526 hp, 5.2-liter flat-plane crank V8 of the GT350 duo is enough for a 0-60 mph (96 km/h) sprint of around 3.5 seconds.