Shelby American has announced the specs for the new model, the 2011 Shelby GT350. In a press release, Carroll Shelby said that the Mustang-based model will be sold as a base level, naturally-aspirated street car capable of SCCA competition.
For $7,000 more, the car can be bought with a supercharger. Shelby said that when the GT350 was brought back, there were calls for it to be capable of racing like the Shelby GT.
He claims that customers asked for a car that would be permitted to run in SCCA-sanctioned races, which typically do not allow vehicles with an aftermarket supercharger.
Other customers supposedly asked for a vehicle with an automatic gearbox. Shelby said that people have more options with the GT350.
The base GT350 uses a 5.0-liter V8 engine partnered with a six-speed automatic transmission. Also included are six-piston caliper brakes with 14" rotors as well as an upgraded suspension with parts from Ford Racing.
The car, which is painted in white with blue Le Mans stripes, received a full aerodynamic work-up that includes scoops on the side rockers and hood. Modifications are evident at the front end, with the addition of a front splitter and redesigned bumper.
Meanwhile, the rear fascia receives a makeover with new filler panel, and taillight trim. Excluding the price for the Mustang GT, the GT350 package is priced at $26,995, while the supercharged GT350 retails for $33,995.