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.