What’s New In Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 2019
- Builds Up On The 6th generation introduced in 2015
- B&O (A Premium Audio System)
- Most Of The Electronics Package Features Are Now Standard
- Steering, Suspension, And Stability Control Have Been Retuned
- No More Cross-Drilled Brakes
- Handling/Steering Precision Around Turns Is Superior
- The Powerful V8 Turns GT350 Into A Race-Track-Ready Vehicle
- Comfortable Interior (Without Any Compromise On Performance)
- Ford’s Award-Winning Sync 3 Infotainment System
- The Rear Seat Is Very Tiny And Cramped
- Too Expensive For The Average Drivers
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|Starting Price: 59.1K||Number Of Seats: 2/4, depending on the trim||Powertrain: 526HP, 429 lb-ft.||Drivetrain: Front-Wheel Drive|
|Fuel Economy: 14 miles per gallon city/21mpg hwy||Configurations: sedan||Warranty: 3years/36K miles||Transmission: 6-speed manual|
Overall Rating: 8.5/10
Ride Quality: 8.5/10
Value For Money: 8/10
A Quick Review – What Does Shelby GT350 Have To Offer?
It’s obvious: GT350 isn’t a car for the Average Joe. No, this is a performance stud, a true muscle beast that is only good for one thing: riding through the sunset. It’s not very fuel-efficient, spacious, doesn’t have much cargo space, and your kids won’t be comfortable riding in it. The sole purpose of Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 2019 is to turn a grown person into a kid again (just take a look at the pictures!)
For race-tracking, pushing that pedal to the limit to catch up to a plane, and showing off to your friends, this is a perfect pick. And while it is the “elder brother” of the classic Mustang, there are many significant differences between the two. First of all, that mighty V8 is good for 526HP; secondly, the steering and suspension are entirely different.
GT350 is all about the powertrain and pushing the original concept to the limit.
I have more good news for you: despite the obvious powertrain bias, this vehicle is quite comfortable on the inside. Even though people don’t expect to see that in a muscle car, Ford made sure the driver is always nice and cozy in there. Noise reduction is decent, and the seats are more than OK for long rides. Alright, now let us go ahead and talk more about this amazing race car.
How Does It Feel On The Road?
To put it simply, Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 2019 can handle pretty much anything you send its way. Well-rounded and well-equipped, it’s very enjoyable to ride in (even when you’re sitting next to the driver). According to the experts, this is the best Shelby edition to date, and I strongly agree. The engine never feels like it doesn’t have what it takes to punch through.
You might need to give it a second or two, but once it accelerates, there’s no stopping it! Add a roaring sound from under the hood, and you’ll get a once-in-a-lifetime experience. The brake pedal requires some getting used to. Still, Shelby’s brakes are a work of art and they’ve got a grip like you wouldn’t believe.
The steering wheel is very sturdy, and you can pick between Sport, Comfort, and Normal.
Handling isn’t as nimble and aggressive as I expected. In the tight corners, this beast behaves like a futuristic vehicle with perfect aerodynamics. The gears shift nicely, and everything is just right with the powertrain. If you’ve been driving a Prius or a Focus for your entire life, this sprinter will feel like a completely different type of a transport. Thankfully, it doesn’t take long to make friends with the car.
Ride Quality And Noise Reduction
Power steering and suspension were retuned for Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 2019, and that’s great news. They were already fantastic in the 2018 edition, but now they’re even better. This is a performance car, head-to-toe, but that doesn’t mean ride quality is bad. On the contrary – body control is excellent and just being inside the car feels awesome.
As for noise reduction, the engineers did a great job of isolating the roaring engine. The windows don’t have any frames, and the tires are screechy, but inside, you won’t feel (or, rather, hear) any of that. I pushed the V8 to the limit, and it only became loud at 1.8K RPM. The climate control system is fairly simple, like in the original Mustang.
Interior Quality, Space, Comfort
The seats are very supportive, and you won’t find the old weird bolsters that make it harder to switch gears. The Recaro seats, the clever dashboard, and the lack of any “fancy” features let the driver concentrate on the road. Getting in and out of the front seats is easy, but the long doors will turn your life into a nightmare in a confined space.
The rear seat is a completely different story: don’t even try to squeeze in there if you’re a grown man! Those Recaros are highly adjustable and will be suitable for people of all shapes and sizes. The steering wheel position is just right, which adds to the overall comfort. Plus, there’s enough head-, leg-, and shoulder-room for two folks.
The back seat is NOT for seating: use it only for storage.
Fit and finish are above average; there’s some plastic in the cabin, though.
Techy Specs – Sync 3, B&O, And More
The most important thing to know about Ford Mustang Shelby GT350: Sync 3 is officially here! They added it in the 2018 edition, and that was a great move. As wonderful as the previous editions were, every single owner used to complain about the old, far-from-perfect infotainment system. With Sync 3, you get easy navigation, and a fast, responsive system. Add the brand-new B&O audio system in GT350 2019, and you’ll get yourself a bargain.
As for the difference between 2018 and 2019 regarding techy features, most of the features from the Electronics package come standard in the latest edition. To be honest, nobody’s expecting a race car to be packed with the latest techy elements, but this car is a fine exception from that rule.
Trim Levels – Sorting Through The Available Options And Checking Prices
With this car, you only have two trims to pick from: GT350 (59.1K), and GT350R (67.1K) – yes, the price range isn’t very wide. According to Ford’s officials, Shelby is the race-track version of Mustang. Therefore, it comes packed with a series of performance elements and features that the original model doesn’t have. As mentioned in the beginning, suspension and steering were further improved for this year’s Shelby, taking it even further from the original.
From now on, even the base GT350 is locked and loaded, ready for some action on the road. So, what is the difference between the two trims, and why is the price difference so high (almost 15%)? Let’s go ahead and talk about that in more details right now!
Trim Levels – A More Detailed Comparison
With GT350, you’ll get a powerful V8 (526HP, 429 lb-ft.) paired to a 6-speed manual transmission. The list also includes stylish 19-inch wheels, a brand-new suspension, adaptive dampers, xenon headlights, adjustable drive settings, keyless entry/ignition, and even a fancy spoiler. As mentioned, the Recaro seats are class-leading. Add Sync 3, a big screen, Smartphone integration, navigation, and satellite radio, and you’ll get a sweet ride.
If you want ventilation/heating for the front seats, power-adjustable seats, leather for the interior, and memory settings, go for the Convenience package. GT350R introduces unique Michelin tires and improved aerodynamics. It looks beefier and more Fast-and-Furious like, if you know what I mean. Air conditioning, a rearview camera, a rear seat, dual-zone climate control, and B&O are also a part of the deal.
Alright, there you have it: my Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 2019 review. Apart from the tiny rear seat, lack of decent cargo space, and the expensive price-tag, this car is exactly what the doc ordered. To even consider buying a monster like this one, you gotta be relatively rich – that’s actually Ford’s target audience for this one. I listed the closest rivals in the beginning, including Camaro and Challenger.
Obviously, GT350 isn’t miles ahead of them, as all those performance vehicles are well above average. However, to me, Shelby has more heart, and when in the market for a muscle car, you don’t really look at numbers and estimates, but rather how you connect with the steel horse. Therefore, you gotta also check out the photos and the video to see everything up-close.