Ford has confirmed there will be no Mustang Shelby GT350/R for the 2021 model year. The death of this Shelby also equates to a death of Ford’s impressive 5.2-liter flat-plane-crank V-8, which is almost worse than the death of the car itself. Despite sadness from some Mustang enthusiasts, Ford says this is all part of the plan.
With the 760 horsepower Shelby GT500 now in full stride, we will finish production of Shelby GT350 and GT350R this fall as planned. This makes the way for new additions to excite our passionate Mustang fans for 2021 model year – including the limited-edition Mach 1,” Ford said in a statement.
Effectively Ford is saying the 2021 Mustang Mach 1 is an indirect replacement for the GT350. That isn’t entirely surprising as manufacturing just gets more complicated with every flavor of a product like the Mustang. No one has driven the 480 horsepower Mach 1 just yet–it’s slated to arrive in spring 2021–but it is borrowing many parts from the outgoing GT350.
It’s unlikely we’ll see anymore Shelby variants of the current-generation Mustang, which is slated for replacement in the next couple of years. This means Mustang buyers will have to opt for the GT500, which starts just under $73,000 or the upcoming Mach 1 if they desire a special variant.