The Shelby GT350 and GT350R are officially dead
However, there is a replacement.
The time has come for the Shelby GT350 and GT350R to be sent to the butcher block and get killed off. It's a rather sad occasion, as this marks the last Shelby car in Ford's lineup available with a manual transmission.
Ford announced the death of the GT350 and GT350R earlier today, with the last of the cars being produced at the end of this fall. The GT350 was only available with a manual. Match that with the naturally aspirated 5.2-liter V-8 which makes 526 horsepower and 429 torques that are in the GT350, and you have the ultimate enthusiast car. Or at least, you could've had.
However, there is good news. The first of which is the GT350/GT350R will be replaced*. Now, I put an asterisk there because it's not a new GT350 or anything remotely like that: it'll be the new Mustang Mach 1. The Mach 1 will a slightly less powerful 5.0-liter engine which makes 480 horsepower and 420 torques. The second bit of good news is this car will be available with the same manual transmission from the GT350. However, if manual's aren't your cup of tea, you can get it with a flappy-paddle 10-speed automatic.
So then, it may be the death of the GT350 and GT350R, but at least Ford has let us off easy with the Mach 1. And yet, things get better, as the next-gen Mustang is set to come out in 2023, and you can definitely expect the comeback of the GT350 then.