Ford’s Shelby GT350 gets another year

Ian Thibodeau

Dearborn-based automaker Ford Motor Co. will continue making the Shelby GT350 Mustang for the 2018 model year, offering the powerful pony car in three new colors.

Ford introduced plans for the Shelby GT350 and GT350R in 2014. The muscle car’s 5.2-liter, 526-horsepower V-8 pushes the car into the realm of “the most track-ready, street legal Mustang ever produced,” according to Ford.

The announcement comes less than a week after Fiat Chrysler Automobiles’ Dodge performance brand rolled out the incredibly powerful 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon, which boasts a 840 horsepower V-8. It’s the fastest zero-to-60 mph production car, at 2.3 seconds; it’s also the fastest production car in the quarter-mile at 9.65 seconds.

The new Shelby models won’t change from the 2017 version, Ford said. The new color choices will be Orange Fury, Kona Blue and Lead Foot Gray. Both vehicles come standard with engine oil, transmission and differential coolers to keep the car cool on the track. The GTs have special brakes, rotors and calipers to balance out the powerful engine as well. The 2018 models go on sale this fall.

The original Mustang Shelby GT350 was introduced in 1965.

In March, a group of Shelby owners filed a class-action lawsuit claiming some of Ford’s 2016 Shelby GT350 Mustangs aren’t as powerful as the automaker has advertised.

Four plaintiffs are demanding a jury trial to determine whether damages are owed, or if Ford used deceptive marketing for the hot rod, according to the lawsuit filed on behalf of the Shelby owners by Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro LLP and attorneys at Grossman Roth Yaffa Cohen.

Ford has declined to comment on the pending litigation.

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