No Right Hand Drive Shelby GT350 Mustang Coming
While the Ford Mustang can be seen in all parts of the driving world, the 2015 Mustang is the first to be built in a right hand drive configuration for markets like Australia, the UK, India and other areas where – to Americans – they drive on the wrong side of the road. This is great news for those Ford performance fans (and there are a lot of them) in those markets who have previously been forced to pay monster money for a conversion or deal with driving a left hand drive Mustang in a right hand drive market.
Not only will the folks in those right hand drive markets be able to finally walk into a dealership and purchase a car that better fits their local driving styles, they will also get to pick from either the tried and true 5.0L V8 or the new 2.3L EcoBoost 4-cylidner. Unfortunately, those folks who need to sit on the right side to pilot their Mustang will not be getting the new Shelby GT350 Mustang – as the word on the street is that the new road racing Mustang will be a left-drive-only affair.
2015 Ford Mustang Galleries:
The 2015 Ford Mustang Roush RS2
Live images from the 2015 Ford Mustang Detroit Debut
A look at the similarities in styling across the 2015 Ford Mustang trimlines
The 2015 Ford Mustang in Triple Yellow
Limited Production, Limited Availability, Limited Options
The new Ford Shelby GT350 Mustang will likely be the best handling and most track capable factory Mustang of all time, but in the grand scheme of things, the new GT350 will likely be a relatively low production model. With the various high performance and high cost components of the new Shelby Mustang including the new 5.2L flat plane V8 being added to all of the basic features of the 2015 Mustang GT, the new Shelby will almost assuredly be the most expensive option in the current Mustang lineup. That high price will likely give it the lowest take rate of any 2015+ model for now so the company will likely want to work to keep costs as low as possible.
Unfortunately for our friends in right hand drive markets, the cost of converting the new Shelby GT350 Mustang to a right drive model will likely negate what little profit would be made on a low production model like the GT350, so the rumors that the new Shelby will not be made in a factory RHD form makes good sense from a financial standpoint.
Hope for a Left Drive GT350
While there is a very good chance that the new Ford Shelby GT350 Mustang will not be built in a right hand drive configuration, buyers in those markets where the 2015 Mustang is sold may still be able to order a GT350 – it just won’t be a right drive car. This is probably a bummer to those prospective buyers, but many Mustang fans in Australia and elsewhere should be used to driving their American muscle cars while sitting on the “wrong side of the car”.