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2019 GT350/350R Production/Changes

Discussion in '2015+ Shelby GT350 Mustang' started by biminiLX, Jun 10, 2018.

  1. biminiLX

    biminiLX never stock Premium Member Established Member

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    I will eventually get the next GT500, but I tend to like to get the last of a model run, not the first, so I'm leaning towards a '19 GT350R.
    Do we know this will be the last year?
    I've heard rumors of short run in '19 for both 350 and 500, starting the year with 350 and stopping early to start 500.
    For 2019 any known updates?
    I saw CF interior package, and 2 stripe options, but hoping for digital dash.


    New option update in CONCEPS...47W & 59B is new:

    47S VINYL OTT STRP
    47W OTT STRIPE PKG
    59B CARBON FIBER IP
    67T ELECTRONICS PKG

    What's the difference in the stripe packages?
    Any word on the CF interior package?
    I'm guessing that will be very popular.

    Need to see the new blues or even Ingot and I'd love to have the CF interior, but doubting digital dash option.

    Any leads on '19 R allocations for MSRP?
    I'm going to start with my local and previous dealer contacts, but any known friendly dealers that do Rs at MSRP appreciated, I never mind traveling for a cool car purchase.
    -J
     
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  2. Drewsky65

    Drewsky65 Active Member Established Member

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    I like the analog gauges and the font on the numbers. I would hope they stay away from the digital dash just to separate it from a standard mustang.
     
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    biminiLX never stock Premium Member Established Member

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    I'd take the CF interior over the digital dash, but I spend more time with the digital gauge displays more than analog with my Hellcat.
    Anyone with 2019 MY knowledge?
    -J
     
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    Totally agree.


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    Tob Salut! Staff Member Super Moderator

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    seems odd to make all those changes for a 1 year run. did not see that comin
     
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    Tob Salut! Staff Member Super Moderator

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    I agree. Very odd if only for a year.
     
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    ‘SOMEWHERE, CARROLL IS SMILING;’ NEW 2019 SHELBY GT350 ADDS TECH FROM MUSTANG ROAD COURSE RACING AND ALL-NEW SHELBY GT500


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    • Upgraded 2019 Mustang Shelby GT350 improves on precision and balance all to deliver faster lap times and performance on-track and on the street
    • 2019 Mustang Shelby GT350 performance enhancements include improved aerodynamics that reduce drag with the new spoiler and adds downforce with new available Gurney flap installed, new custom Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires, plus chassis and antilock brake tuning for dramatically greater grip
    • Shelby GT350 benefits from Ford Performance Mustang road course racing experience and Shelby GT500 aerodynamic advancements, plus hundreds of hours of on-track and full vehicle simulations; Billy Johnson, Ford GT World Endurance driver, helped dial in final performance tuning
    DEARBORN, Mich., June 11, 2018 – To improve the new Ford Mustang Shelby® GT350 driver confidence and lap times, Ford Performance leveraged its Mustang road course racing programs and all-new upcoming Shelby® GT500, infusing GT350 with the very latest in track and street technology.

    “Somewhere, Carroll is smiling,” said Hermann Salenbauch, global director for Ford Performance vehicle programs. “The new Shelby GT350 is our ultimate track Mustang. We’ve stuck to Carroll Shelby’s original formula for winning championships and made our Shelby GT350 even better with the latest in race-proven aerodynamics, tire and chassis technology.”

    From F-150 Raptor to the Ford GT supercar, Ford Performance is creating authentic performance cars, trucks and utilities that deliver heart-pounding excitement for customers around the world.

    Next-level chassis technology and aerodynamics

    Building on a road course racing and track-focused legacy born in 1965, Ford Performance engineers and designers incorporated the latest advances in tire, aerodynamics and chassis technology into the 2019 Mustang Shelby GT350.

    Working exclusively with Michelin, the team also engineered new Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires with a Shelby GT350-specific tread pattern and different compound to deliver more grip for significantly improved acceleration and lateral acceleration, as well as braking. The 295/35 front and 305/35 rear tires are fitted to improved stiffness and optimize new 19-inch aluminum wheels.

    An all-new rear spoiler with optional Gurney flap and optimized grille closeout was designed and tuned with experience gained from wind tunnel development of the Ford Performance Mustang road course racing cars and upcoming Shelby GT500 model. Together, they deliver significant rear greater aerodynamic efficiency when equipped with the new optional Gurney flap on the rear spoiler, which will be available after launch.

    Upgrades to Mustang Shelby GT350’s standard MagneRide active suspension complement the aero and tire enhancements with recalibrated springs and revised damping to take full advantage of the improvements.

    Stopping power is provided by six-piston front and four-piston rear caliper Brembo™ brakes. For added control and improved driver feedback, Shelby GT350’s electric power-assist steering and three-mode electronic stability control settings feature enhancements taken from Ford Performance’s hundreds of hours of competitive track testing.

    Tuning with Billy Johnson in the driver’s seat

    Billy Johnson knows racing. As a driver for the FIA World Endurance Ford GT and IMSA Mustang GT4 programs, Johnson has broad expertise in what makes for a great driver’s car. He worked with Ford Performance to dial in the Shelby GT350 for 2019.

    Shelby GT350’s exclusive high-revving 5.2-liter V8 remains the most powerful naturally aspirated Ford production engine ever and the only one of its type in the segment – delivering 526 horsepower and 429 lb.-ft. of torque at a blistering 8,250-rpm redline. It’s mated to a track-proven and precise-shifting Tremec® 6-speed manual transmission.

    Johnson said the result of the new Mustang Shelby GT350’s aerodynamics tuning, revised brake calibration, and much greater downforce is a more balanced, higher-performing car on the straightaways and especially in the corners.

    “Along with improved grip, brake and chassis refinements, Shelby GT350 brings a whole new level of performance driving,” he said. “It’s a rewarding car to drive on track for amateurs and pros alike, while making the driver feel like a superhero. It’s confidence inspiring in corners and begs to be pushed harder and to take corners faster.”

    More craftsmanship, technology and style

    Inside, driver and passengers of the 2019 Mustang Shelby GT350 are treated to a comfortable, stylish and purpose-built cockpit boasting the latest in advanced technology and premium materials expected of a world-class sports car.

    Fresh sporting cues include a standard machined aluminum instrument panel appliqué with an available exposed carbon fiber version, plus newly designed door panel inserts in dark slate Miko® suede with accent stitching. A wrapped center console offers rich world-class craftsmanship. Standard Recaro race seats with firm side bolstering and open pass-throughs for safety harnesses offer the highest level of performance, while new power-adjustable seating is available with Miko suede inserts for those looking for added comfort.

    A new high-performance, custom-tuned 12-speaker B&O PLAY audio system by HARMAN is now available for the 2019 Mustang Shelby GT350, controlled via the now standard 8-inch SYNC® 3 touch screen that features SiriusXM and FordPass™Connect. Dual-zone electronic automatic temperature control is now standard, along with a universal garage door opener.

    New colors for the 2019 Mustang Shelby GT350 include Velocity Blue and for the first time, Ford Performance Blue. Optional factory-painted over-the-top racing stripes are available in high-gloss Shadow Black, Oxford White or Kona Blue. Mirror-mounted Shelby Cobra Projection Lamps come standard in the available Technology Package.

    The 2019 Mustang Shelby GT350 will be available starting in early 2019 and will be built at Flat Rock Assembly Plant in Flat Rock, Michigan. Enrollment in an exclusive, complimentary Track Attack driving program from Ford Performance is included with each vehicle.
     
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    I hope those blanks are cheaper than the drilled rotors.

    Not that they are expensive, I just prefer blanks, especially cheaper blanks.
     
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    Well I guess that answers most of my questions!
    Thanks Travis.
    -J
     
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    All this sounds great! I like the silver pinstripe on the racing stripes. The blue I hard to tell. Sooo many different shades of dark blues ford has the past few years. The non drilled rotors don’t look as nice imo but I guess performance comes first.

    As said above. It is strange they are making all new wheels and several changes for just one more year... unless these will transfer over to the new 500. That’s my only logical guess
     
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    I really like that new spoiler.

    Any interior shots?
     
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    I second that. Looks a lot better!
     
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    the gt350 isnt going away after 2019, it will be around till 2020 at least is my guess
     
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    Is that Performance Blue? Very pretty.
     
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    No. That's Kona Blue.

    I wonder if those changes to the base GT350 mean there's not going to be a '19 GT350R. The changes were definitely to put some space between the standard GT350 and the Mustang GT PP2. Updating the R will probably have it surpassing the upcoming GT500, handling-wise. That is, unless the upcoming GT500 has otherworldly handling capability as far as Mustangs go.
     
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    Some nice updates. The wing especially is interesting. I to wonder how many of these updates can be fitted to the older models.

    Also...FINALLY ! They have decided to put a decent sound speaker in the Mustangs. I truly wonder how that slip through.
     
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    This lends credence to my theory (in a way) that the 500 is going to be around a similar price point as the current 350R.

    If they upgrade the 350, eliminate the R, and have the 500 as top dog around a similar price point to the R, it wouldn't surprise me. This further differentiates the 350 from the GT (as pointed out above) and eliminates the pending issue between the R and the 500 in terms of price point. That and if they found that most R owners opted to have the creature comforts put in (vs a truly stripped down track car like the '00R), they may think there's a bigger market at that price point for a mustang in the new 500 trim.

    Interesting to see how this plays out.
     
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