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Muscle Car Review - - Contents - By Drew Hardin

“Some­where, Car­roll is smil­ing,” said Her­mann Salen­bauch, global direc­tor for Ford Per­for­mance ve­hi­cle pro­grams about the lat­est ver­sion of the Shelby GT350. Us­ing Mus­tang road rac­ing ex­pe­ri­ence plus aero­dy­namic lessons learned with the big-brother GT500, Ford has made the GT350 a more pre­cise and balanced car, to im­prove track lap times and street per­for­mance.

En­hanced aero­dy­nam­ics come via a new rear spoiler and grille close­out, while new Miche­lin Pi­lot Sport Cup 2 tires with a Shelby GT350-spe­cific tread pat­tern and dif­fer­ent com­pound de­liver more grip. The GT350’s Mag­neRide sus­pen­sion has also been re­tuned to work with the aero and tire im­prove­ments. Power is still de­liv­ered by a nat­u­rally as­pi­rated 5.2L V-8 pro­duc­ing 526 hp and 429 lb-ft of torque. The new GT350 will be avail­able in early 2019, and all buy­ers are el­i­gi­ble for a com­pli­men­tary Track At­tack driv­ing pro­gram.

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