Ford Mustang GT350 And F-150 Raptor To Retain Pre-Facelift Looks

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.

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  • Jay

    Meh, all they needed to rework the bumper as it’s already had a different style from the stock one. Both models should get the new tail lights. I’m okay with the Raptor keeping the old headlights because the current ones don’t even look all that good to begin with.

  • GPFan

    GT350 could do with a power boost. Being the top model it should benefit from constant upgrades

    • Jason Miller

      Top model until January when the GT500 is shown…

  • ErnieB

    I wonder if they realized the slightly f-ed the face lift and decided that previous model was more aggressive looking..

    • MarketAndChurch

      lol, my thoughts exactly. the pre facelift looks better than the new one anyways.

  • Rick Walbridge

    The Raptor needs a new engine, not a face lift.

  • FordMopar

    That’s a lame excuse. They just don’t wanna do all the extra work. F-150 is a pass. I just don’t like the pre-facelift Mustang. It was too Fusion-like. The 2018 facelift is waaayy better and much meaner looking. GT350 and GT500 would be much more meaner and hotter looking with 2018 face.

  • eye.surgeon

    can you say cash crunch.

  • Mike anonymous

    (Although the facelift is good-looking and quite cool) I personally liked the Pre-Facelift mustang more as the front hood does not dip so low (in the front), and it seemed slightly more aggressive and muscular without trying to appear to be so. I am glad they are keeping the pre-facelift design on both the GT350 & The Raptor, as it gives them more of a differentiation between the standard model and the regular Mustang & Mustang GT.

    Considering Your paying north of $50k for the Raptor, and just about $60k for the GT350 (both without options), I think it was a smart idea for Ford to keep some distinction between their performance vehicles & their (relatively) more ‘regular’ vehicles.

  • eb110americana

    This is old news. The GT500 will also have the old headlights like the GT350. The only thing I wish they would update are the headlights themselves (yes, I know the bumper would have to get updated to match), as the pre-facelift ones never looked right to me. They look more Camaro than Mustang. I actually prefer the older taillights, as they are cleaner, and the lower hood of the 2018 was *inspired* by the GT350, so it doesn’t need that either.

  • Mr. EP9

    I prefer the pre-faclifted version so I don’t really care if it remains unchanged. IIRC, the ZL1 still has the same front end as well.

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