The Shelby GT350 will stick around the Mustang lineup for at least one more year, Ford announced Monday in a press release.
Indeed, the Shelby GT350 rolls into the new model year all but unchanged.
And while Ford doesn’t come out and say as much, we’re hoping this news about the GT350 enduring unchanged bodes well for our hopes that Dearborn will drop a new 700-plus horsepower Shelby GT500 sometime this year.
The only alterations the Blue Oval made to the naturally-aspirated muscle car are a trio of new paint colors: Kona Blue, Orange Fury, and Lead Foot Gray.
Besides, on top of increasing aggressive competition in the supercharged, super-powerful muscle car market, 2017 marks the 50th anniversary of the original GT500.
As it stated in Heck, will the GT350 even last for the entire 2018 model year once the 2018 models start rolling into dealerships this fall?
The 2018 GT350 models will not receive the mid-cycle enhancements applied to the base and GT models, however, including revised styling and features inside and out.
And if the headline of a recent press release from Ford is anything to go by—“Ford Extends Shelby GT350 and GT350R Mustang Availability to 2018 Model Year”—the automaker hadn’t necessarily planned to bring it back.
The availability of three new colors—Orange Fury, Kona Blue, and Lead Foot Gray—are the only changes of note for 2018 GT350s.
In the meantime, we’re happy that Ford will keep the GT350 in the mix, at least for the near future.
As it stated in
Ford confirms Shelby GT350 and GT350R for 2018
Keeping in sync with today’s observance of National Mustang Day, Ford Motor Co. has confirmed that it will include the Shelby GT350 and GT350R Mustangs as part of its 2018 model year lineup.
Fans curious about National Mustang Day details and activities can visit the founding organization’s homepage for more information.
The 2017 GT350R, which rides on carbon fiber wheels, has a carbon fiber rear wing and is sold without a rear seat, floor mats and other essentials (to save weight), starts at $63,645, plus charges.
The 2017 GT350 has a base MSRP of $56,145, plus destination and other charges.
The 2018 models will be powered by the current 5.2-liter V-8 engine, which makes a healthy 526 horsepower and 429 pound feet of torque.
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