At first glance, the 2019 Shelby GT350 doesn’t look much different than last year’s model. The aggressive, swollen flanks and long, sloping hood were a big hit with customers, so the exterior didn’t see much of a change. Still, Ford’s engineers were hard at work tweaking the suspension and aero for better performance and even better handling than the previous model.
The GT350 was engineered with track use in mind, and this year it sports new rubber to back that up. The tires are Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2s – the same that can be found on the GT350R and Mustang Performance Pack 2. The track-proven tires are engineered with a unique tread pattern and compound that is meant to greatly improve the car’s acceleration, grip, and braking.
In order to get the best out of the new tires, the car’s springs and dampers have been retuned using years of development and data collection surrounding the GT350’s MagneRide suspension system. Ford reports that the electronic power steering has also been adjusted to provide better feel.
The GT350’s brakes remain the same from last year as well. The 6-pot front Brembos and 4-pot rears give plenty of stopping power, but the ABS system has been tuned for smoother delivery for all types of driving in order to boost confidence.
Of the few exterior changes, the front grille is the most significant. The shape has been optimized to reduce the amount of air passing into the engine bay for cooling. This reduces drag on the front end, and when combined with the updated front and rear spoilers, the car’s aerodynamic efficiency is significantly improved over the previous model.
The engine remains unchanged from the 2018 model, and the interior is mostly the same, safe for the latest SYNC touch screen.