• May 6th 2010 at 2:29PM
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Different people like different things, and this is especially true with cars. Even with something as specific as the new 2011 Shelby GT350, customers want to have options. When the car was unveiled at Barrett-Jackson earlier this year it only came equipped with a six-speed manual transmission and a Ford Racing supercharger good for 500 horsepower, but according to Shelby they will now be offering both a naturally aspirated and an automatic version to customers. The company cites qualifying the GT350 for SCCA racing as the main reason for offering a non-supercharged model, although the overall price point may have been a factor as well. Leaving the supercharger off the options list will save you $7,000, and there will still be 412 horsepower to play with from the 5.0-liter V8.

Supercharged or not, automatic or manual, each GT350 will be a serious performer. The car comes standard with a Shelby-tuned Ford Racing suspension system, Baer front and rear brakes, Borla exhaust and new compound of Goodyear tires. Each GT350 will only be available in legendary White with Guardsman Blue stripes, and all will be built as a post-title program at Shelby's Las Vegas facility. The upfit package (base car not included) now starts at $26,995 for the naturally aspirated model and $33,995 for the supercharged version. Follow the jump for full details.

[Source: Shelby American]

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Shelby American, a wholly owned subsidiary of Carroll Shelby International Inc. (CSBI:PK) will expand the 2011 Shelby GT350 program to offer a normally aspirated version aimed at competition in Sports Car Club of America events and allow the street car to be ordered with an automatic transmission. The GT350 will be offered in both normally aspirated and supercharged versions as part of a post-title program through select dealers across the United States.

The normally aspirated version of the GT350 was driven by consumer demand. SCCA racing rules typically preclude a post-title added supercharger and the stresses of a forced induction are typically too much for an automatic transmission in a high performance car.

"When we brought back the GT350, people wanted to race it like they did with our Shelby GT," said Shelby American Founder Carroll Shelby. "Others asked for an automatic transmission. So we're dropping the supercharger, retuning the engine and adding an automatic. This gives people more choices with the GT350."

One of the goals for the Shelby GT350 is for it to be eligible for Sports Car Club of America racing, much like the 2007-2008 Shelby GT. Those piloting a Shelby GT dominated the top spots in both the women's and men's F stock class with Sam Strano capturing the national championship last year.

"The GT350 is a street car that is perfect for track day and solo racing activities," added John Luft, president of Shelby. "Beginning with the small block Ford Mustang GT, we worked with Ford Racing, Borla, Goodyear and Baer to create a car that should be competitive right out of the box."

The GT350 is an enthusiast's dream. It is powered by the 5.0 liter V8 coupled to a 6 speed transmission. The front calipers are Shelby 6-piston and 14" rotors with ERADISPEED rotors on the back and cooling ducts for all four corners. The suspension features new Ford Racing springs, struts, sway bars and adjustable caster/camber plates. The Goodyear 19" tires are a new, aggressive compound.

Each GT350 will be clad in traditional white with Shelby Guardsman blue Le Mans stripes. The car also receives a new front fascia, tail light trim, front splitter, rear deck lid filler panel and rear fascia. Functional scoops are located on the side rockers and hood. GT350 badges on the outside and inside include a Shelby serial number.

"We plan to have development finished and begin building normally aspirated versions of the GT350 by late summer," said Shelby American vice president of production Gary Davis. "This ensures that the car will be fully sorted and ready for fun on the street or track."

The Shelby GT350 is a post title program based on the new Ford Mustang GT. A customer purchases a car from a local Ford dealer, which is turned into a GT350 by the Shelby American Team. A limited number will be built in the 2011 model year. A Ford Mustang GT can be dropped shipped by a Ford dealer to Shelby's Las Vegas facility for conversion or a customer can arrange to have a properly specified car transported to the factory.

The price for the normally aspirated GT350 upfit package is $26,995.00 plus any options, not including the base Ford Mustang GT. The supercharged version of the GT350 post title package by Shelby American has a MSRP of $33,995 and does not include the price of the base car.

Customers interested in either a supercharged or normally aspirated GT350 should call (702) 942-7325 or log onto gt350.shelbyamerican.com.

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      • 5 Years Ago
      How can Shelby miss the obvious here?

      GT500-5.0 supercharged. GT350-3.5 liter Ecoboost unit tuned to its full potential. Both blown units, both unavailable in showroom Mustangs.
      • 5 Years Ago
      It's really just a matter of simple economics. They want to sell this abortion? They need to broaden it's market appeal. Hence the MSRP lowering non-supercharger option, and the optional automatic transmission. Does this REALLY surprise anyone here?
      For my money, I'll stick with the "factory" options, GT w/ 5.0 and track-pack option, or step up to the GT500. Both are solid performers, look good as-is, and easily lend themselves to mods to the owners taste.
      • 5 Years Ago
      why would anyone spend the money on this instead of buying a stock Mustang GT and saving the rest for gas and rubber? Only reason I see is collector value, but I doubt this monstrosity is going to be sought after in 30 years, even if its a Shelby. Looks like the "red mist" mobile more than a classic muscle car..
      • 5 Years Ago
      I will just buy my own Mustang and put on all of these parts for under $10k from Shelby or another maker of these parts. This is an after market ad on so there will only be a small plaque from Shelby stating who made it. I doubt that they will sell that many at this price, I did most of these same changes to my 2006 GT with the super charger and real painted on stripes for $12k with better wheels to boot.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Too many Mustang packages in my IMO, with the 5.0 coming out. Why spend the extra cash to driving the exact same Shelby Mustang, that all these rich kids will buy. Meanwhile save some cash and customize the 5.0 to your own liking. BTW keep the GT500 though no problems with that lol.
      • 5 Years Ago
      the poser dub edition. great.
      • 5 Years Ago
      .....that's disgusting
      • 5 Years Ago
      Hopefully this isn't a slushbox type automatic.

      Tell me it's a dual clutch or proper sequential transmission. Well, I guess a proper sequential isn't REALLY an automatic.
        • 5 Years Ago
        No, that's an "automatic" too. The new Fiesta's automatic is a twin-clutch box, same as the DSG or other new sequentials, albeit without the paddles. All autos will soon go that way, given the need for increased efficiency (which torque converters waste).

        But I agree. If they're going to offer a GT350 with an auto, it'd best have the performance cred of a twin-clutch. It won't. This is merely a money-making brand-extension exercise. Shelby is a whore.
        • 5 Years Ago
        It doesn't matter. Any automatic would be a disgrace!!!!!!!!!!
      • 5 Years Ago
      automatic sports car? no thanks
        • 5 Years Ago
        Get with the times... Automatics can still be fun ya know
        • 5 Years Ago
        Automatics take the "sport" out of sportscars IMO.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Indeed. Drive stick or drive a Camry.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I dont know why anyone would buy this over the mustang gt.the GT is a beauttiful car but this looks terrible.its too fat!
      • 5 Years Ago
      God this car looks wrong on so many levels. The rims, the front lip, the opening in the side skirt. Just terrible.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I actually really like the look, but wish the wheels were a little more heritage inspired - too much flash.
      • 5 Years Ago
      This is getting serious. Manual transmissions are on the brink in America. Its not a matter of one being better than the other. We are seriously losing the option to have manual transmissions across the board. Its great that a car offers choices of both auto and manual. The problem is that this has only been happening in favor of automatics. Muscle cars and supercars are all we have left.
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