2019 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 Debuts Aero Tweaks From The Upcoming GT500

Ford has taken the wraps off the 2019 Mustang Shelby GT350 which features some new cues from the upcoming GT500.

Designed 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. The model has also been outfitted with a modestly revised grille that was created with “experience gained from wind tunnel development of the Ford Performance Mustang road course racing cars and upcoming Shelby GT500.”

While these changes sound relatively minor, Ford says they deliver significantly greater aerodynamic efficiency at the rear of the car when equipped with the optional Gurney flap. The company went on to say the latter option will be available sometime after launch.

Speaking of styling changes, the 2019 GT350 has been equipped with new 19-inch aluminum wheels. The wheels aren’t the only thing that are new as Ford worked with Michelin to develop a set of custom Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires. They feature a unique tread pattern and a custom compound to deliver more grip for “significantly improved acceleration” and braking.

Sticking with the performance theme, the GT350’s suspension has has recalibrated springs and modified dampers. The electric power steering system has also been updated thanks to hundreds of hours of competitive track testing.

While many of the upgrades are focused on performance, Ford didn’t overlook creature comforts. Inside, drivers will find new power-adjustable front seats and revised door panels with dark slate Miko suede upholstery. The car also comes with additional standard equipment including a dual-zone automatic climate control system, a universal garage door opener and an 8-inch SYNC 3 infotainment system. Customers can also order a new 12-speaker B&O PLAY audio system.

Under the hood, the 5.2-liter flat-plane crank V8 engine carries over and continues to produce 526 hp (392 kW / 533 PS) and 429 lb-ft (581 Nm) of torque. It is once is connected to a familiar six-speed manual transmission.

The 2019 Mustang Shelby GT350 will go on sale early next year and the model will be offered in two new colors including Ford Performance Blue and Velocity Blue.

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  • Bo Hanan

    Bravo to Ford! With only 2 cars in its inventory we should see several incarnations of this horse.

    • Alfa Giulia QV

      Wait, what’s the second one?

      • Bo Hanan

        Focus.

  • LJ

    If only I had the money…

  • ErnieB

    I hate being broke!!!

  • eb110americana

    Still an amazing car, now even better. I’m a GM guy, and I own a 4th gen Trans Am, but if I were to buy a new muscle car today, I’d have to cross shop this with an SS 1LE Camaro (and I might wind up with the Mustang).

    • willhaven

      Hold on to your T/A – they will only go up in value!

      • eb110americana

        Thanks. Glad someone appreciates them as more than just disposable redneck-rockets. They were the cheapest way into 300 hp even when new, so people treated the F-body like junk and their numbers are dwindling now from all of the drag cars, and stupid 1st time drivers spinning out and wrecking them. It’s hard to imagine, but yeah, probably someday they will be as sought after as some old muscle cars.

        Mine will never be a collectible, as it has a bit of rust on some of the undercarriage from its time in Illinois, and over 207K miles on the chassis. I am in the process of restoring it though, so it’s getting a 500+ hp LS3, repaint, wrapping some of the interior plastics, and suspension was already lowered and setup for canyon carving. I’ve been working on it for 2-3 years now after daily driving it for 13 years, and I am hoping it will at least be drivable before the end of the year. It will definitely be a 1-of-1 car when it’s complete, even if it won’t be show car clean.

        • willhaven

          I have to admit that I wasn’t a big fan of the F-Body when I was really into the “scene”. Back when I was ignorant (circa 2004) and believed a naturally aspirated B18 Civic could beat any 350 powered F-Body. Talk about lesson learned! I was converted into a fan when my friend took me for a ride in his 200x SLP-SS Camaro. I don’t think I’ve ever experienced that level of torque in my life!

          Now that people are moving on to the newer platforms, I still get excited when I see T/A, Firebirds, and Camaros because they were so prevalent in my youth. I know that the interiors are typical GM quality and they are marred by electrical gremlins, but you’d be hard pressed to find a more reliable way of making power than an LS powered F-Body. There’s a YouTube channel “Russ and Adam’s Garage” that shows an F-Body being flogged on the Nurburgring and is able to clock a sub-9 minute lap which is freakin’ astounding.

          Good luck with the build. I’d love to see some pics of it if you have any.

          • eb110americana

            I replied to you before, but it looks like that got stuck in Discuss limbo, so here is the reply without the link:

            I was in Jr. high when the 4th gen F-body came out in 1993, and finishing high school as the refreshed model that is my 1998 was being built. I remember lusting after them the way many people remember the muscle cars from their youth in the ’60s. I also went to school with a lot of people who drove slammed Civics with huge wings–but I never thought those could hold a candle to the big V8 RWD cars. I did have a friend with an Integra GS-R that was pretty fun to drive though.

            The cars are a lot more reliable than you think. The 1993-1997 LT-1 engine had a flaw where the water pump would drain onto the horizontally-mounted “OptiSpark” distributor when removed or failing, so the distributor earned the nickname “OptiPuke.” My car had the LS1 though, so it used an aluminum block and 8-coil packs instead of the older iron block and distributor (among many other changes in the all-new V8). The only electric issue I had with mine is the old tape deck LCD screen would intermittently display gibberish–but I swapped that to a CD deck. I had some voltage issues at one time, which was likely due to corrosion in the battery cables. The interior has some cheap plastics, but the design has aged well in the Trans Am, unlike say, the wacky asymmetrical headrests in the Civic of that era. The Camaro is a bit more disorganized.

            I am familiar with Adam & Russ through LS1tech, I believe the time they set was nearly under 8 minutes, but other traffic got in the way of their final run. With the way my car is setup, I believe it completely. Even with a live axle, these cars handle much better than most people realize they can if you make some fairly minor upgrades to springs, shocks, and antiroll bars. The setup I have on my car was developed by Sam Strano, who used it to win multiple SCCA championships. It is fairly stiff, but there is more compliance than most performance lowering kits, as Sam knows the value of absorbing curbing and bumps on-track. I drove my car for about 3 years like that before I started the current restoration build and motor swap. It is still ongoing, but you can see all the pics here:

          • eb110americana

            Since the link doesn’t go through, just Google (it’s the 1st result): “LS-FR33”

          • willhaven

            Dude you weren’t kidding! That’s a hell of a build. I’m scared to ask how much time and money has been invested because it’s obvious this is more a labor or love than anything else lol

          • eb110americana

            Yeah, its on the obsessive side 😛 I stopped driving it about 2.5 years ago, and have been working on it most weekends since. At 207K miles, city MPG was starting to get worse, but otherwise I had no trouble codes. I originally wanted just to rebuild the LS1 engine, but at some point that turned into, “If I’m going to rebuild it, I might as well build a better one.”

            I’m estimating that I’ve spent around $25K on it so far–most of that being the crate motor LS3, the T56 Magnum transmission, and the custom built Ford 9″ rear end. I could have done those a lot cheaper, but given the power numbers this thing will be making, I’d rather not break stuff (or drive it worrying I will). I just got the shifter installed a couple weekends ago, and it definitely shifts more like a Honda than a clunky T56, so the investment is paying off. Even before all of this, it was an insane grin-machine, so I am looking forward to getting it back on the road again. I still have the old drivetrain sitting in my garage. With the popularity of LS-swaps (including into the 1993-1997 LT1 cars) I will make some of that money back once I sell those off.

            Realistically, I could have bought a new car with what I invested into this one. A car with infotainment, tech like keyless entry and start, and a chassis with zero miles on it. But it wouldn’t have 500 hp, or probably even half that. There isn’t much of a selection of manual, RWD cars for similar funds either–probably just the 4 cylinder Camaro, Mustang, GT86/BR-Z, and Miata. It’s not for everyone, but every time I drove the car, I knew I’d miss it the second I sold it, so project car it is for me.

  • Six_Tymes

    WOW! the specs sound amazing, and a B&O sound system? never thought i would see that option, Impressive!

  • Zandit75

    Two questions.
    What’s a Gurney Flap?
    And why haven’t they upgraded the looks to match the current model?

    • Denzel

      Gurney flaps are like thin attachments to the wing to add downforce.

    • eb110americana

      It’s basically a small lip at the trailing edge of the decklid or spoiler. It creates downforce, but also some drag (so top speed may drop a bit).

      The GT350 has a unique front end, and I think Ford decided it wasn’t worth the investment to fit the refreshed nose on such a niche model–and then have to widen the fenders on it and R&D the whole thing again after only a couple years of the current model. I prefer the new headlights and lower hood (the latter of which, the GT350 inspired on the refresh), but I know many others may not or simply don’t care.

  • SteersUright

    Still a total beauty and highly desirable with that unique and amazing engine. Just wish they could’ve also worked on getting some weight out of the chassis!

  • Both GT350 and GT500 at the same time? I love it Ford.

  • Vassilis

    Love that car. I do wish they had used the new headlights though.

  • Denzel

    Can’t get enough of the sound of that v8 flat plane crank. It can ilde all day an I would be happy

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