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2018 Shelby GT350 Confirmed, 2019 Shelby GT500 Incoming

Never in the history of Ford has the Blue Oval produced the GT350 and GT500 at the same time. That trend will continue for the S550-generation Mustang, which is set to get a mid-cycle nip and tuck job in the latter part of 2017 for the 2018 model year.
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This news comes courtesy of Mustang6G forum member btown93, who shared a document on the 2018 Shelby GT350 with his fellow Mustang enthusiasts. From the one-page document, we learn that the GT350 will live on for the 2018 MY, bringing changes in the form of new exterior finishes.

Here's what's what: “All other functional, exterior, and interior content will be carryover from 2017 MY.” Regarding the new color palette, older reports suggest to expect Lead Foot Gray, Orange Fury, and Kona Blue. Moving on to more important matters, those who thought that the Shelby GT350 would receive a dual-clutch automatic transmission can now suck on a lemon.

The problem, however, with the Shelby GT350 surviving through 2018 is that the go-faster pony isn't likely to get the refreshed visuals of the 2018 Ford Mustang. I mean, why would Ford do it considering that 2018 is the last model year for the Shelby GT350? What's more, the facelifted Mustang will bring the Mustang GT in line with the Shelby GT350 from a visual standpoint.

Given the circumstances presented earlier, the Shelby GT500 is expected to start production at the Flat Rock plant in 2018 for the 2019 model year. It’s not known if FoMoCo will update the tried-and-tested Trinity V8 or if an all-new powerplant will be employed, but there’s no denying that the big bad ‘Stang is out for Camaro ZL1 and Challenger SRT Hellcat blood.

According to a certain report, Ford Performance will tack a 2.6-liter Eaton-type supercharging system on the 5.2-liter Voodoo V8 engine, thus upping the ante to 750 HP at the least, 810 HP tops. If this notion turns to fruition, then the 2019 Shelby GT500 will be crowned king of the muscle cars.

 
 
 
 
 

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