Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 To Get Automatic Gearbox — Another Manual Bastion Falls

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Another bastion of the manual gearbox is set to fall as drivers move towards quick shifting double-clutch paddle shifters.

The latest victim to fall to the cursed paddles is the hardcore versions of Ford's pony car, the Mustang Shelby GT350 and GT350R.

Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 To Get Dual Clutch Gearbox

The two racey Mustangs have long been a bastion of rear-wheel-drive manual gearbox fun but if an article by Road & Track is to believed, the two Shelby's will soon be available with dual-clutch automatics in the coming years.

Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 To Get Dual Clutch Gearbox

The evidence about the upcoming dual-clutch transmissions was uncovered by the fine folk at Mustang6G forums, an online Mustang enthusiast forum with a track record of accurately predicting numerous Mustang-related details before they were officially revealed by Ford.

Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 To Get Dual Clutch Gearbox

However, the evidence uncovered doesn't point to how many speeds the new gearbox will bring with it.The upcoming Ford GT's 7-speed gearbox though looks like a prime candidate for the madcap Shelby Mustangs.

Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 To Get Dual Clutch Gearbox

The current Mustang Shelby GT350 and GT350R use a Tremec 6-speed manual gearbox to send the power from their naturally aspirated V8 engine to the rear wheels.

Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 To Get Dual Clutch Gearbox

The engine in question is a 5.2-litre flat plane crank V8 that produces 518bhp and 581Nm of torque.

Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 To Get Dual Clutch Gearbox

The Mustang was launched in India earlier this year, but only the GT variant with 5.0-litre V8 is available in India.

Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 To Get Dual Clutch Gearbox

The facelifted Mustang is expected to arrive in 2018 and it is expected to enter India as well when it launches.

The new Mustang is expected to come with a 10-speed automatic gearbox.

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Story first published: Thursday, October 6, 2016, 14:01 [IST]
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