Once again, Ford has created a rather outlandish 2018 Mustang Shelby GT350 that will certainly win the hearts of many. For performance-oriented equipment and features, affordability for track-day enthusiast, and a luxury laden comfort, it doesn’t get much better than this. Some of the highlights include a race-truck oriented handling, a strong and high revving V8 engine, and a well-appointed engine. Its release date should be expected in the coming weeks, so keep posted.
You’ll usually hear someone tell you, “They no longer make them the way they used to,” with a negative connotation, perhaps referring to the vapid Hollywood sequels or the plastic Hot Wheels toy cars. However, when it narrows down to the new and restyled 2018 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350, the above quotation holds some water.
For traditional Mustang users, you’ll realize that for 2018, Ford has installed a unique V8 that comes alongside racetrack-oriented brakes and suspension instead of the common extra power bump. The 350 comes with a 5.2L V8 engine that comes with lots of arcane wizardry for fine-tuned performance. Additionally, it comes with a flat-plane crankshaft normally used in upscale exotics like the Ferrari V8. This and other mechanical bits help the GT350 produce more power at a higher rpm.
It comes with an outrageous 8,200 rpm redline and cranks up to 526 horsepower. One might argue that the Cobra GT500 generated more power, which is true, however, the new GT350 is a more truck-based machine that has been designed to offer a higher-revving. In a nutshell, the vehicle receives a retuned suspension, a lowered ride height, stickier tires, an available magnetorheological dampers, and a rapid cooling capability.
As for the upgraded r version, the automaker has installed additional aerodynamic body pieces, a lightweight carbon-fiber wheels, and rear seat sound system. Ford claims that the total reduction in weight amounts to 130 pounds.
Now you might be thinking: How does it drive? Since it sounds so awesome! Well, simply put: it’s amazing. See, the vehicle comes with everything a spoilt brat living in Hollywood may wish for.
Exterior Spy Photos & Interior Review – 2018 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350
For starters, the new and updated Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 for 2018 is a high-performance version of the Mustang coupe. It comes standard with smartphone app integration, Bluetooth audio and phone connectivity, manual Recaro front seats, Brembo Brakes, a rearview camera, 19” wheels, audio and phone voice commands, 6-speaker sound system, simulated suede inserts, a Torsen rear differential, keyless entry and ignition, a 4.2” touchscreen interface, a rear spoiler, telescopic-and-tilt steering wheel, and a rearview camera.
Picking the Technology package gets you Siri Eyes Free, 7-speaker sound system, adjustable drive settings, adaptive suspension dampers, a navigations system, heavy-duty front springs, satellite radio, ventilated and heated front seats, leather upholstered seats, and a new Sync 3 interface.
The Track package is offered as an option and adds an additional powertrain cooler, adaptive suspension dampers, adjustable drive settings, a front suspension tower brace, and a larger rear spoiler.
Opting for the 2018 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350R gets you a revised suspension tuning, a seven-speaker sound system, air-conditioning, 19” carbon fiber wheels, aerodynamic body enhancements, a rearview camera, and the Electronics package.
Some of the interior colors we have been able to get from the spy pictures suggest you should expect Ebony with Red Accents, Ebony with a cloth upholstery, and Ebony in a leather/suede microfiber upholstery.
2018 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 Engine Specs
Producing 526 horsepower and 429 pounds of torque is a rumbling 5.2L V8 engine, this power is transmitted to the rear wheels through the 6-speed manual transmission system. The EPA ratings stand at 14/21/16 mpg in the city/highway/combined. An automatic transmission system is also available but the details aren’t clear at this point.
I haven’t covered this section exhaustively but we are working on new information previously lacking. So, keep checking the post for the updated info.
Some of the safety features to expect from the all-new 2018 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 include a rearview camera, stability and traction control, a post-crash alert, front-seat side airbags, and side curtain airbags.
Wheelbase: 107.1 in
Length: 189.7 in
Width: 75.9 in
Passenger volume: 84.5 ft³
Cargo volume: 14 ft³
Curb weight: 3760 lbs
Top Speed: 175 mph
0-60: 4,2 sec
MPG: 14/21 (city/highway)
Available Exterior Colors: Competition Orange, Deep Impact Blue Metallic, Magnetic Metallic, Oxford White, Race Red, Shadow Black…
Towing Capacity: N/A
Price & Release Date – 2018 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350
We should expect the release date details sometime later this year. As for the price, expect the vehicle to go for sale featuring an MSRP starting from $59,495.
The 2018 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 Convertible has been reviewed separately. Furthermore, you can check the 2018 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 Video, which gives you a comprehensive preview of what to expect.