Ford Unleashes the Fastest Shelby GT350 to Date.
Mated to a track-proven and precise-shifting Tremec six-speed manual transmission.
Ford Media Center / June 11, 2018 / Detroit
With 526 naturally aspirated horsepower from the 5.2L flat-plane crankshaft V8, Ford’s Shelby GT350 has been a huge success. It’s got tons of power, makes all the right sounds and has the aggressive looks you’d expect from a Shelby Mustang. In 2015 Ford went from a supercharged engine to this combination that simply screams. The high-revving engine matches perfectly to a balanced suspension that’s designed to be pushed hard.
It was big news when Ford announced it would continue GT350 production, namely because it had announced the 700-plus Shelby GT500 just around the corner. But wanting to keep moving forward, Ford turned the screws to give 2019 GT350 owners something more.
To enhance driver confidence and lap times, Ford Performance leveraged its Mustang road course racing programs and it pulled technology from the all-new upcoming Shelby® GT500, infusing the GT350 with the very latest in track and street technology.
“Somewhere, Carroll is smiling,” said Hermann Salenbauch, global director for Ford Performance vehicle programs. “The new Shelby GT350 is our ultimate track Mustang. We’ve stuck to Carroll Shelby’s original formula for winning championships and made our Shelby GT350 even better with the latest in race-proven aerodynamics, tire and chassis technology.”
To achieve the ultimate in on-track performance, Ford tapped its ace FIA World Endurance Ford GT, IMSA Mustang GT4 driver and Mustang enthusiasts Billy Johnson. Johnson is not only fast, his ability to dial in a suspension expertise helped Ford engineers take an already-good suspension and make it better.
The revised suspension is matched to Shelby GT350’s exclusive high-revving 5.2-liter V8, which remains the most powerful naturally aspirated Ford production engine ever. It delivers 526 horsepower and 429 lb.-ft. of torque with a blistering 8,250-rpm redline. It’s mated to a track-proven and precise-shifting Tremec TR-3160 six-speed manual transmission.
2019 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 / TREMEC TR-3160 6-speed manual transmission features at a glance:
- Input torque rated at 582 Nm / 429 lb-ft
- High capacity tapered bearings and high-capacity synchronizers contribute to low shift efforts and shifter travel.
- All gears are hard-finished, which contributes to the transmission’s refined feel and low noise
- Double and triple cone synchronizers feature hybrid and sintered bronze friction material
- High-precision guide plate
- Advanced interlock system
- Anti-friction roller ball detents
- Hollow shafts and webbed gears
- Three-piece “end load design” aluminum housings
- Low-friction linear shift rail bearings