The 2019 GT350R continued to serve as the premium performance model for the Ford Mustang range. It is a scorching hot track-ready version of the Shelby GT350 and it is up there with the best Mustangs ever made. Ford didn’t just phone it in either for 2019 with several improvements made to improve the performance of the GT350R even further. Starting price for the Shelby GT350R is $69,530 for 2019.
Enhancements include a new rear spoiler for reduced drag and added downforce with the newly available Gurney flap. This Mustang also features specially designed Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires (they’re extra sticky) that wrap around new 19-inch wheels. These updates required revising the standard adaptive dampers. The Ford Performance team also updated the Shelby’s anti-lock brakes, stability control, and steering system. Inside, the GT350 receives new materials and standard features.
On the inside some small changes included the addition of the 8.0-inch touchscreen, dual-zone automatic climate control, and a newly optional 12-speaker B&O Play sound system. The exterior color palette adds Velocity Blue and Ford Performance Blue. GT350R eliminates unnecessary interior bits to save weight (this is a track car after all).
The 2019 Ford Shelby GT350R Mustang is still powered by the 5.2L flat plane V8, delivering 526 horsepower and 429 lb-ft of torque and paired with a standard 6-speed manual transmission. Its natural aspirated and loves to rev. Get the engine going above 4000 rpm and it screams all the way to its 8250-rpm redline like no other Mustang can. Car & Driver tested the GT350R and got it from zero to 60 mph in 3.9 seconds.
Car & Driver also said: “Add tenacious grip, brilliant brakes, and satisfying steering, and you are treated to a symphony not just of sound but of pure, unbridled driving pleasure. Regardless of model, the Shelby’s chassis is excellent; its limits are easily explored and exploited”.