Shelby GT350 and GT350R Returns for 2018 Without Real Updates

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Ford has announced the most track-ready, street legal Mustang ever produced will return for the 2018 model year.

The announcement comes in honor of National Mustang Day and the 2018 Ford Shelby GT350 and GT350R Mustang will begin arriving in showrooms this fall. The new models will be unchanged from the 2017 model year, but Ford is adding three new exterior color choices: Orange Fury, Kona Blue and Lead Foot Gray.

That means the sports car will retain its 5.2-liter V8 engine with 526 horsepower and 429 pound-feet of torque, while coming standard with engine oil, transmission and differential coolers to keep the car properly cooled while on the track. Braking performance comes from 15.5-inch two-piece front rotors and six-piston Brembo calipers, and the MagneRide damping system will return unchanged.

Shoppers can also opt for an Electronics Package for both models that includes SYNC 3, voice-activated navigation and nine-speaker audio system. An available Convenience Package for GT350 models replaces Recaro manual seats with six-way power, heated and cool sports seats with Miko suede inserts for both driver and passenger.