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Ford Says No To New Sheet Metal For 2019 Mustang GT350, 2019 F-150 Raptor

As other variants of the Mustang and F-150 saw visual updates in their sheetmetal, changing up the looks of either the 2019 Ford F-150 Raptor or Mustang GT350 is just not worth the investment, according to Motor Authority. The site quotes Ed Krenz, Ford Performance chief engineer, who says the Shelby GT350 would require a new front bumper, headlights, fenders, and hood.

Krenz also added the priority for the 2019 F-150 Raptor isn’t its looks, noting that the team emphasized a wanting to invest in suspension. The 2019 Ford Raptor does receive upgraded technology including class-exclusive, electronically controlled Fox shocks, new Trail Control, and all-new Recaro sport seats. The 2019 F-150 Raptor pushes out 450 horsepower and 510 lb-ft of torque from its souped up 3.5L EcoBoost V6, paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission. But if a V8 is more your jam, Hennessey Performance will take lots of your money and drop a supercharged Coyote V8 into a 2019 F-150 Raptor, if you’re lucky enough to get on the list.

Overall, Ford just can’t justify the return on investment. It’s having a down year as of October with sales off 2.2 percent compared with 2017. Ford doesn’t break out Shelby GT350 numbers, but Mustang sales overall are also down 1.3 percent through the end of October. Which isn’t too bad, considering how the Chevy Camaro has been doing lately.

The 526 horsepower 2019 Ford Mustang GT350 is available in select Ford showrooms across the U.S., with pricing starting at $59,140 for the regular model. It comes with the high-revving 5.2L Voodoo V8 with a flat plane crankshaft, mated to a manual transmission. Speaking of transmissions, the 2020 Shelby GT500 is rumored not even to have a manual transmission, but a dual clutch automatic instead.

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  1. nauticalone

    GT350 doesn’t need sheet metal changes either! What would be nice though is; an option for premium plus interior (soft touch upholstered centre console and upper door panels.

  2. Keith Johnson

    Where’s the Twin-Injectors for the Voodoo – FORD ??!!

    1. Will

      Totally agree too, Keith. Easy upgrade & power/torque increase. Cop-out Ford, Shame.


    Reminds me of a local chain pizza place where I like to get a double cheese double pepperoni pizza for 6 bucks, about a month ago or so I ordered my usual pizza and asked for red pepper when I received my order. The person behind the counter said they will no longer be giving out packages of cheese or red pepper due to new chain pizza place opening up in our small town. To me you need to step up your game during new competition not cutback on your product. I know Ford is currently way low in value, just above junk bond status but now is not the time to cutback, need to step up your game if anyway possible.

  4. daryl

    i went and bought the new 2018 mustang because it has an updated style front and back, I didn’t want to pay three times the amount of money to buy a GT350 and just get the OLD 2015 front and rear design, next year in Nascar Monster cup FORD is going to run the GT350 body style, WHY on GODS earth would a company try and promote an OLD 2015 styled car.

    1. Jon Q Public

      Compared to any lesser Mustang, the GT350 is essentially a different car forward of the A-pillar, so to compare its styling to any other pre-2018 Mustang doesn’t do it justice. I took side-by-side photos of my 2017 GT350 and a 2017 GT; the differences are striking. Also, my co-worker has a 2018 GT with Performance Pack 2, and I think the 2017 GT350 looks better from the front. Of course, one buys a GT350 more for what’s under the skin, but its aggressive timeless styling doesn’t hurt a bit. The GT350 was destined to be a classic from the day it hit the showroom. Nobody talking to to me at red lights tells me my GT350 looks “old-fashioned”. They just says it looks great and sounds even better. You can be happy with your 2018 “new-look” EcoBoost for the next couple years (until the next-gen Mustang arrives), and I’ll enjoy my “old-fashioned” 2017 GT350 for the next couple decades.

      1. nauticalone

        I agree with Jon Q Public here! From the time I first laid eyes on the GT350 it was clear it would be an instant collectible and future classic!

      2. ed

        I notice you mentioned in your quote, its aggressive timeless styling, and you said you will enjoy my old fashioned 2017 GT350 for a couple of decades, don’t hold on to it too long, otherwise it will look like a model T against the 2018 mustang.


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