April 18, 2017, 2:30 AM
Ford has given Mustang fans a National Mustang Day present — it has extended the run of Shelby GT350 and GT350R Mustang to 2018, carrying on virtually unchanged from the 2017 model year.
The main point of that assertion is that the most track-capable, street-legal Mustangs will continue with the 526-hp 5.2-litre dual overhead cam V-8 that also makes 429 lb-ft of torque, 15.5-inch brakes and the MagneRide damping system.
Other carryovers include the standard Track Package that includes aluminum tower to tower brace and high-downforce rear spoiler, and the availability of a convenience package that swaps out the Recaro manually-operated seats in favour of heated and cooled power sport seats in leather/suede, as well as an audio system upgrade up to nine speakers.
And the GT350R adds larger carbon fibre front splitter and rear wing to the list of standards, as well as carbon fibre wheels (19x11-inch up front, 19x11.5-inch at the rear) shod with specific Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 high-performance tires. It also does away with weight-adding, power-robbing luxuries such as air-conditioning, audio system and rear seats (many of which can be added as options for a more commuter experience).
The only change will be the availability of three new exterior colours — Orange Fury, Kona Blue and Lead Foot Grey. The cars will be ready for delivery this fall.
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