Ford finishes production of powerful Mustang Shelby GT350 coupe

Ford finishes production of powerful Mustang Shelby GT350 coupe

October 1, 2020 0 By autotimesnews

According to the automaker’s plans, the Ford Mustang sports coupe in the powerful version of the Shelby GT350 will be discontinued in 2021. The spiritual successor to the GT350 is the upcoming 480-horsepower Mach 1.

“With the 760-horsepower Shelby GT500 currently on sale at full speed, we will complete production of the Shelby GT350 and GT350R this fall as planned,” a Ford spokesman said. “It will be replaced by new versions of the iconic car that will appeal to passionate Mustang fans.”

The GT350 debuted at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show, followed by the GT350R (pictured) making its debut at the 2015 North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

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Both cars went on sale for the 2016 model year. Under the hood was a 5.2-liter naturally aspirated V8 engine with a flat crankshaft design, which ultimately endowed the GT350 with 526 horsepower at a very high 7,500 rpm. The power of the GT350R version remains the same, but the added handling and aerodynamics make it a true sports car.

As Ford mentioned, there will be other versions of the sports coupe to replace the GT350. Perhaps the spiritual successor to the GT350 is the upcoming Mach 1. In fact, it is a direct replacement for the special version of the Bullitt – it even offers the same 480 hp. The Mach 1 version is equipped with many aerodynamic features.

Not so long ago, AutoTimesNews wrote that Shelby is developing a Mustang GT500 restomod with a carbon body. Classic Recreations of the USA showed the body of the new Shelby model under the name GT500 CR Carbon Edition. In fact, this is a 1960s GT500 restmod with a different technical equipment.