Ford Mustang Shelby GT350/R could be offered with DCT – Report

Posted on: Oct 9, 2016 - 3:26pm IST

‘Voodoo’ engine-powered Shelby variants available exclusively with a manual gearbox today.

The sixth generation Ford Mustang‘s Shelby GT350 and Shelby GT350R variants have been offered only with a 6-speed manual transmission until now. However, according to a new report from Road & Tack, that could change this decade.

Ford Shelby GT350 Mustang front three quarters left at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show
The Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 and Ford Mustang Shelby GT350R are powered by a unique 526 hp 5.2-liter naturally aspirated gasoline engine.

Citing evidence gathered from Mustang6G.com, the report says that the Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 and the Ford Mustang Shelby GT350R could become available with a dual-clutch automatic transmission in a few years. The standard variant is already bound to receive a modern, 10-speed automatic transmission (codename: 10R80), a leaked order guide published by the same sixth-gen Ford Mustang enthusiast website revealed in June.

European automakers are already using dual-clutch automatic transmissions in sports cars, and Ford is toying with the idea for its own offerings now. The Blue Oval has no doubts about the capability of a dual-clutch automatic transmission, as its $4,00,000+ performance flagship, the 2017 Ford GT, is confirmed to have one.

Ford Shelby GT350 Mustang rear three quarters left at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show
The 6-speed manual transmission should continue being offered for purists.

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The availability of a quick-shift, dual-clutch automatic transmission in the Shelby GT350 and Shelby GT350R variants is yet to be confirmed, but even if Ford brings them, the 6-speed manual transmission should continue for those who still prefer the good ol’ stick shift.

2016 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 – Image Gallery

[Source: Road & Track]

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