2018 Shelby GT350 and GT350R Mustang same as 2017
Ford has announced that the Shelby GT350 and GT350R Mustang will carry over into the 2018 model year but without all the changes and updates made to the 2018 Mustang.
Saying the news was in “honor of National Mustang Day”, Ford has said the current Shelby GT350 and GT350R Mustang will however gain some of the new paint colors found on the 2018 Mustang palette including Orange Fury, Kona Blue and Lead Foot Gray.
The 2018 Mustang of course gains an entirely new front clip with a lower nose which brings new sheetmetal to its fenders, hood and an entirely new fascia and headlamps.
Also new in 2017 for the Mustang are a revised EcoBoost engine with more power and a revised 5.0 V8 with more power, both engines we’ve not yet heard the specifications on.
Carried over for the 2018 Shelby GT350 and GT350R Mustang is the 5.2-liter V8 flat-plane crank engine with its 526 horsepower and 429 pound-feet. of torque.
All current options and standard packages with the Shelby GT350 and GT350R Mustang will carry over for 2018.
Why Ford has chosen to extend the current sheetmetal and specs into 2018 for the Shelby GT350 and GT350R Mustang is likely one of economics.
With it being a relatively low production car, generating all the new body and structural tooling for one additional model year likely doesn’t makes sense. Keep in mind not only does the GT350 differ in front sheetmetal but many lightweight structural components.
Second is the coming of the rumored GT500 which likely will have its own unique body work from the GT350. If and when this car is announced it will the the next production model to take the top dog mantle for Mustang.
This obviously comes late in 2018 or 2019 model year at the earliest.
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