Shelby American has revived the Shelby Mustang GT nameplate to be based on the 2018 Ford Mustang, and there’s good news for Australians, too.
Melbourne-based tuner and importer Mustang Motorsport will be offering the 2019 Shelby GT in Australia with pre-orders already open.
The 2019 Shelby GT will score about 360kW in naturally-aspirated form, though Mustang Motorsport will also offer a 520kW+ supercharged version which uses a ‘charger from Ford Performance.
Also available as a major option is the Heritage Edition pack, which turns the GT into a Shelby GT-H, and adds ‘Heritage’ badging as well as gold stripes and gold wheels. This is only available on black or white cars.
Underneath, the Shelby GT also scores revised Ford Performance springs and sway bars, as well as a ‘Shelby by Borla’ cat-back exhaust.
The Mustang’s body is re-worked to feature hood vents, a new tail light panel, a re-sculpted grille, and other more aggressive styling. Mustang Motorsport lists the Shelby front fascia assembly as an optional extra, or as part of the Premium Package which also adds Ford Performance front struts and rear shocks, plus illuminated door sills.
Shelby American president Gary Patterson says the new GT ‘exudes serious sex appeal’ but is still within the realms of a daily-driver.
“We designed a gorgeous car to make any drive an adventure with thrilling performance and dynamic handling.
“The Shelby GT can gobble up miles on a road trip or rip up the corners on the track. It is equally fun cruising to the beach or to the office.
“Plus, this is the only naturally aspirated V8 Shelby car that can be optioned in convertible and with an automatic transmission. Enthusiasts will love to drive it all day, every day.”
Mustang Motorsport is yet to finalise Australian pricing for the 2019 Shelby GT, but those interested can pre-order now.