By Huw Evans
When the "new" 5.0-liter Mustang GT was launched as a 2011 model, Shelby American announced that it would be offering a GT350 post title package, which included a hotter engine, thanks to an available Ford Racing Whipple supercharger, specific calibration tweaks and a Borla performance exhaust system.
With lowering springs, adjustable shocks and caster-camber plates, plus big Baer/Eradispeed brakes and 19-inch Cragar wheels and Goodyear rubber, the car was a unique high performance piece, further accentuated by unique body modifications, courtesy of Hot Wheels designer Larry Wood. Just as was the case in 1965, when the GT350 was originally launched, you could have any color you wanted so long as it was white with blue stripes. In a case of history repeating itself, color choices were expanded for 2012, with the addition of red, blue and black and gold (much like the '66 cars), plus the option of an automatic transmission and convertible body style.
For '13 the GT350 is back and thanks to the regular Mustang's facelift, becomes more distinctive, retaining it's original 2011 style modified fascia, rear valance and side skirts.
Mechanically, much has been carried over from before, with normally aspirated and supercharged 5.0-liter V8s available (430 horsepower and 525 or 625 hp respectively), plus six-speed manual or automatic transmissions (the latter on normally aspirated cars only). There's also performance Baer/Eradispeed brakes and handling suspension. Mechanical enhancements offered for '13 include a one-piece driveshaft option, a cold-air induction system for the normally aspirated V8, improved cooling and even stronger brakes. Additionally, Shelby American has further expanded exterior color options, to offer every hue available from Ford on the "regular" Mustang.
This means that you can order your 2013 GT350 in Black, Candy Red Tintcoat Metallic, Deep Impact Blue Metallic, Gotta Have It Green, Grabber Blue, Ingot Silver, Race Red, Performance White, or Sterling Gray Metallic. Stripe options are either Gloss White, Satin Black or Azure Blue Metallic (the latter restricted to silver or white cars).
As before, the GT350 remains a post-title car, costing $26,995 (normally aspirated) or $33,995 on top of a base Mustang GT. Only 350 will be built for the model year, so if you want one you'd probably better get your order in now.