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Exotic V8, advanced features power the boldest GT350 ever.

“Sometimes it’s good to cry.”

The pain felt by the gears that loved the Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 and now have to say goodbye is reflected in the title of Jalopnik’s website (aimed primarily at men).

“The Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 is the best new sports car I’ve ever driven when valued on a dollar basis,” wrote David Tracy, senior technical editor at Jalopnik. “It’s the absolute power of sensory stimulation that makes the world a better place with every degree a revolving needle climbs. Unfortunately, this magnificent beast gets the ax this fall … The GT350 is a masterpiece.”

As always, good things seem to end.

Ford said Thursday, “With the 760 horsepower Shelby GT500 now in full swing, we will complete production of the Shelby GT350 and GT350R this fall as planned. This makes way for our new additions to excite our passionate Mustang fans for 2021 model year – including our limited edition Mach 1. “

The company has not issued a news report. It was just answering questions about the news as it spread in the automotive world, and people were quietly mourning. Limited running for these vehicles is not uncommon, but the end is always sad.

The Mustang Shelby GT350 created an immediate sensation when it was released for the 2015 model year, taking a total of six model years. Ford won a rave for developing an exotic flat crankshaft V8 engine.

The base price for the 2020 model year starts at $ 60,440. Each Shelby GT350 has a powerful Voodoo V-8 engine with 526 horsepower and a 6-speed manual transmission.

The distribution of dealers ended on Wednesday, so interested buyers should contact local dealers if they still want to catch it.

“It went well,” said Jonathan Klinger, vice president of automotive culture at Travers City-based Hagerty, the world’s largest collector insurance company.

“Ford surprised the world with this GT350,” he said. “Such an engine is usually in much more expensive exotic cars like the Ferrari. Ford surprised everyone with this engine and proved that Ford is serious, making the new Mustang a serious track car. Now they will do a new iteration. Will it come back? Will it? we see. “

‘Incredible’

Gene Jennings, co-founder and former editor-in-chief of Automobile Magazine, said, “Once in my life, I wasn’t born too late for something amazing.”

She had to take a few minutes to gather her thoughts, as the conversation about the legendary racing car designer Carol Shelby, the namesake of this Mustang, brought her great joy as well as extreme sadness.

“He was bigger than life. He came to my wedding and I miss him, I miss him terribly since he died. He wasn’t always a nice person, but he was a friend of mine and I spent a lot of time with him, “said Jennings, who lives on a farm south of Detroit.

“Carol Shelby was the man from Ford in Ford vs. Ferrari.” He was the man who helped Henry Ford win over Ferrari at Le Mans, “she said. He used to tell me, “You have a personality on a curtain in a hot pan.” He was from Texas, that’s what everyone down there says. I miss the times we talked on the phone, even if I went with him to Texas once. We read books and hung out with his animals. I just miss him a lot. “

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Look forward

In confirmation of the news, Ford highlighted past success and highlighted the limited version of Mach 1:

  • From the start of global exports of the sixth generation Mustang in 2015 to December 2019, Ford has sold 633,000 Mustangs in 146 countries around the world – including 102,090 in 2019.
  • The upcoming limited edition 2021 Mustang Mach 1 comes standard with the GT350’s 6-speed Tremec 3160 manual transmission

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“We are proud of our growing stable and efficient Mustang variants,” said Jim Farley, then chief operating officer of Ford, in an April news release. “From Sweden to Shanghai, more and more enthusiasts are enjoying the feeling of freedom and the American open road in these new Mustangs.”

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