Ford has manufactured quite a lot of Mustang types since the inception back in 1964. The Mustangs have always been great but it wasn’t until very recently with the 2019 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350, that we started to hear terms like “best Mustang ever.” They have made ones with V-8 engines, turbochargers and even four bangers. But there hasn’t been a hybrid electric system yet.
The former 350 was great and this 2019 version improves on the first one. This new one is better and stronger than the outgoing one.
This new one has improved the Downforce using a new spoiler and a grille that is aero-active. They both help the car sit tight on high-speed turns. The electric power steering has increased accuracy and lightness for better control. The tires are vastly improved and were specially developed by Michelin with Ford Performance engineering providing input about what they wanted. The tires allowed the chassis to be modified so that it had MagneRide electronic suspension tuning, better springs and dampers, roll bar thickness and antilock braking mechanisms.
What you get at the end of the day is a very fast and very easy to ride Mustang like no other. The GT350 has a 526 horsepower, flat-plane-crank v-8 engine that is 5.2 liter. More powerful that any American car. It snarls when you step on it. With an extra 66 horsepower make the revving something else. The tone changes and it’s a most amazing sound. The anti-lock braking system is not easily felt unless you drive really fast and engage the breaks but it is efficient. Be sure of one thing as you ride; you will never lose grip.
On the track, the GT350 is magnificent. What about the street? Well, with the MagneRide suspension, the ride is very smooth. The super sensitive steering is awesome on the track but a bit of work when it comes to the street. This means you need both your hands on the wheel at all times. Lumpy roads will have the wheel fighting you for control of the car, never letting you forget that you are sitting in several hundred horsepower on a monster of the track.
Physically, there have been few changes. The exterior got a few shades of blue that are new and stripe options too. The spoiler mentioned earlier changed too, in addition to the aero adjustments.
The interior now has new dash and door panel trim, a Sync 3 multimedia touchscreen –controlled system, optional 12-speaker system. The seats are Recaro racing standards.
Is The Bigger Engine Worth It?
The starting price is a cool $60,235 that includes destination fee. If you add the Technology and Handling package, you will run up to $65,000. Or you can go for the track-ready to ride GT350R and get a racecar experience on the streets.
A catch: A bare 2019 Mustang GT performance Pack 2 brings; MagneRide adaptive dampers, Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires, improved aerodynamics, tuned suspension, and other features for less money. Even with Recaro seats, you can get a track Mustang for about $46,000. So, it is all about the engine being worth the price. Is it?”