Ford says that neither the Shelby Mustang GT350 or F-150 Raptor will receive the facelifted looks as their lesser counterparts.
The American automaker lifted the veil on the facelifted 2018 Mustang at the start of 2017. Key changes include a more aggressive front fascia as well as new headlights and taillights. Production of the performance-focused Shelby GT350 and GT350R has continued with the looks of the 2015-2017 version and Ford recently told Motor Authority that this will continue.
According to Ford Performance chief engineer Ed Krenz, revising the looks of the GT350 models would require fitting a new front bumper, different headlights, new fenders, and a bespoke hood. While such changes would freshen up the vehicle’s looks, they wouldn’t improve performance.
Instead, Ford has focused on minor performance improvements for the 2019 model year GT350. As a result, the car now comes with Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires rather than Michelin Pilot Super Sport rubber. Additionally, a new Gurney flap has been fitted on the rear decklid and revisions have been made to the suspension and electronic aids.
It’s a similar story with the F-150 Raptor
While Ford updated the looks of the standard F-150 for 2019, the hardcore Raptor model won’t benefit from the same visual modifications. Instead, Ford decided to mostly invest in a new electronic Trail Control system as well as new Fox 3.0 Bypass shocks when developing the 2019 F-150 Raptor. Some minor visual updates are present but they are limited to new wheels, a different engine cover, and Recaro seats.