It's been a wild ride.
It was going to happen sooner or later and now it ultimately has. As we confirmed last October, the Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 is being discontinued for the 2021 model year. The Mustang Mach 1 is its track-focused replacement and the Mustang Shelby GT500 will also remain in production. Chances are, the GT350 will return in a future (all-electric?) generation Mustang but it's impossible to know when exactly that could be.
Today, however, Ford Authority has confirmed with the automaker that the final Mustang Shelby GT350 was built at the Flat Rock Assembly plant in Michigan late last year. No special ceremony was held, as far as we know.
The news is certainly bittersweet for fans of the flat-plane crank naturally aspirated 5.2-liter Voodoo V8, with a total of 526 horsepower and 429 lb-ft of torque. A six-speed manual routes power to the rear wheels only. That engine, which was only available in the Shelby GT350, has an unknown future. Hopefully, Ford will make it available to buyers as a crate motor but even this has yet to be confirmed. Fingers crossed.
The Mustang's future timeline is a bit cloudy these days not because it could be discontinued but rather following the report of it supposedly going all-electric in 2028. Originally, sources claimed the seventh-generation Mustang will debut in 2022 as a 2023 model.
If so, the current sixth-generation Mustang will have had a seven-year production life. And say the all-electric model does indeed arrive in 2028 that would mean the seventh-gen Mustang will have a short five-year lifetime. The fifth-gen Mustang was also just five model years, so there is precedent here. Understandably, Ford refuses to comment on any specifics regarding future product.
Following GM's announcement last Friday that its entire lineup, including trucks, SUVs, and the Corvette, will be all-electric by 2035, it's really only a matter of time until its crosstown Blue Oval rival makes a similar proclamation. All-electric muscle cars? Get used to it because it's definitely going to happen.