Refreshed Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 to rescue sales
Ford top managers have expressed their hopes that the facelift of the Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 will improve sales of this particular car series. While around 122,500 people bought a Mustang in 2015, only 82,000 followed suit in 2017, and the negative trend is continuing.
So what tricks does the manufacturer have in its sleeve this time around? Well, just to name a few, the refreshed Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 comes with improved body aerodynamics, a reworked chassis, differently-tuned suspension with new shock dampers and springs. The electric power steering (EPS) system now takes advantage of improved algorithms, and the old brakes made room for new, stronger ones from Brembo.
The engineers have also ditched the decorative spoiler in favor of a more useful rear wing, which can be further upgraded with an insert plate for additional downforce. Air intakes also sustained significant changes, reportedly making the new Mustang Shelby GT350 more stable and responsive during turns and faster when traveling in a straight line.
The hood cover of the muscle car still conceals a hi-end 5.2-liter V8 engine with 533 hp / 397 kW, partnered with a six-speed manual transmission.
U.S. prices for the refreshed coupe begin at $57,000. Just how many people find it a reasonable price to pay for an update like this will become clear by the end of the year.