In the future, the current-generation, S550-based Ford Shelby GT350 Mustang and its “R”-badged counterpart could offer a dual-clutch transmission in place of the old 6-speed manual, according to Jalopnik. And Motor Authority. And even Road & Track.
The problem, as far as we can tell, is that all of the above outlets cite website Mustang6G.com as their source, without pointing to any specific report or forum thread where any mention of a DCT-equipped Shelby GT350 is made. We searched the website ourselves for some evidence to corroborate the reports, and turned up empty-handed. The claim seems to have been generated spontaneously, with no clear point of origin.
(If you happen to know where on Mustang6G.com any evidence is offered to suggest that a dual-clutch Shelby GT350 is in the works, please don’t hesitate to come forward. -Ed.)
The evidence supporting a DCT-equipped Shelby GT350 was, according to Jalopnik, wrapped up in a Mustang 6G report which asserts that the track-focused Mustang’s 5.2-liter flat-plane-crank V8 will continue production until 2020 – a claim supported by a Facebook post made by Romeo niche-line engine builder Michelle Bollaert. Ford has previously said that the engine would remain specific to the Shelby GT350; if that remains Ford’s intent, we can deduce that the premiere pony car will remain in production through 2019, although in her post, Ms. Bollaert alluded to “an exciting product [that’s] in the works.”