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Exotic V8, advanced features promote the most powerful GT350 ever.

“Sometimes it’s okay to cry.”

The pain felt by gearheads who love the Ford Mustang Shelby GT350, and now must say goodbye, can be seen in the headline of the Jalopnik website (directed at most men).

“The Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 is the best new sports car I’ve ever driven on a dollar basis,” wrote David Tracy, senior technical editor at Jalopnik. “It’s an absolute powerhouse of sensory stimulation that makes the world a better place with every degree climbing needle. Sadly, this amazing animal is getting an ax this fall. … The GT350 is a masterpiece. “

As before, good things seem to be over.

Ford said on Thursday, “With the 760 horsepower Shelby GT500 now in full swing, we will finish building the Shelby GT350 and GT350R this fall as planned. It makes way for our new additions to excite the our avid Mustang fan for the 2021 model year – with our limited edition Mach 1. “

The company did not issue a news alert. It only responded to questions about the news as it spread in round cars, and people mourned silently. A limited run 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 of the year, running six models of the year in total. Ford has won raves for developing a unique flat-crank V8 engine for this.

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

Dealer allocation ended on Wednesday, so interested buyers should reach out to their local dealers if they still want to take over.

“It’s running great,” said Jonathan Klinger, vice president of car culture for Traverse City-based Hagerty, the largest insurer of collector vehicles.

“Ford surprised the world with this GT350,” he said. “An engine like this is common among more expensive expatriates, like Ferrari. Ford surprised everyone with that engine, and it proved that Ford was serious about making the new Mustang a serious track. car. Now they will make a new iteration. Will it come back? We’ll see. “

‘Unbelievable’

Jean Jennings, co-founder and former editor-in-chief of Automobile Magazine, said, “At one point in my life, I was never too late to be born for something incredible.”

He had to take a few minutes to collect his thoughts, such as talking about the legendary race car builder Carroll Shelby, Mustang’s name, which brought him great joy as well as intense grief.

“He is bigger than life. He came to my wedding and I miss him, I miss him so much since he died. He is not always a good man, but he is my friend and I spent a lot of time with him,” he said. by Jennings, who lives on a farm south of Detroit.

“Carroll Shelby is the Ford character in the movie ‘Ford v. Ferrari.’ He was the one who helped Henry Ford win against Ferrari at Le Mans, “he said.” He used to tell me, ‘You have the character of a fart in a hot pan.’ He’s from Texas, that’s the way they all talk. I’m excited about the times we talk on the phone, even though I sometimes go with him to his place in Texas. We read books and talk. hang out with his animals. I just miss him so much. “

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Looking ahead

In confirming the news, Ford highlighted the previous success and cited the limited edition Mach 1:

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

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“We are proud of the growing Mustang stable and diverse performance,” Jim Farley, chief operating officer at Ford, said in a statement in April. “From Sweden to Shanghai, more and more driving enthusiasts are enjoying the feeling of freedom and on America’s open road in these new Mustangs.”

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