Reports suggest the iconic pony car has finally succumbed to peer pressure.The staccato exhaust chorus emanating from Ford's new flat-plane-crank V8 may soon be punctuated by the snap of a lightning-quick gear change, according to rumors of a dual-clutch gearbox for the Shelby GT350 Mustang.Unofficial information uncovered by Mustang6G and corroborated by Road & Track suggests the iconic pony car may have finally succumbed to peer pressure, reportedly joining the ever-expanding list of performance track cars that employ DCTs to hasten gear transitions and allow drivers to keep both hands on the wheel.
Dual-clutch technology can be found in the BMW M3, Ferrari 458, Porsche 911 Turbo and Nissan GT-R, among others. The Mustang's arch rival, the Chevrolet Camaro, has taken a different approach as one of the first production cars outfitted with a 10-speed automatic transmission, claimed to achieve faster upshifts than Porsche's PDK.
The latest report suggests the GT350 will get a dual-clutch gearbox in the not-too-distant future. The coupe's existing six-speed manual transmission is expected to remain available alongside the new unit.
Pending a formal announcement, additional details such as pricing and performance remain unclear.