Ford reveals howling mad Mustang Shelby GT350

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Oddly, the revised Shelby GT350 will not share the reworked headlights, taillights, or digital gauge cluster that the lesser 2019 Mustangs received. The 5.2-litre flat-plane V8 remains the most powerful naturally-aspirated engine Ford has ever produced, with 526hp and 429lb ft at its shrieking 8,250rpm redline.

New 19-inch aluminium wheels come equipped with GT350-specific Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres - 295/35 front and 305/35 rear - the tread pattern and compound both having been optimised for the vehicle.

Created 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 GT350's MagneRide active suspension has been outfitted with better springs and dampers, complemented by a re-tuned electronic stability control and electric power steering for more feedback and control.

Ford has confirmed the return of the high performance pony auto for 2019, even as it readies the introduction of a GT500 model for early next year. Also, unlike the non-Shelby models, the 2019 GT350 will not wear the new front end design, with the engineers sticking with the front end from the 2015-2017 model years.

This morning at the M1 Concourse road racing facility in Metro Detroit, the Motor Company introduced the 2019 Shelby GT350 Mustang to a small group of media members.

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"It's a rewarding auto to drive on track for amateurs as well as pros", he said.

Borrowing aerodynamic advancements from the upcoming Shelby GT500, the refreshed GT350 benefits from an all-new rear spoiler and optional Gurney flap for improved downforce and reduced air resistance. "It inspires confidence in corners and makes you feel like a superhero".

The vehicle Ford showed off at the M1 Concourse in Pontiac, Michigan - we were there to drive the Mustang GT Performance Pack Level 2 - didn't have the interior upgrades yet. Inside, drivers will find new power-adjustable front seats and revised door panels with dark slate Miko suede upholstery. The B&O Play upgraded radio is also available, while dual-zone climate control is now standard.

These changes for the 2019 model year were made with help from FIA World Endurance Ford GT driver Billy Johnson.

New colors for the 2019 Mustang Shelby GT350 include Velocity Blue and Ford Performance Blue.

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