When reports emerged in February that the 2017 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 would be offered with many of the current model’s optional features as standard, few of us believed the news but deep inside we hoped the rumors were true. Finally, the good news is here, the Blue Oval automaker has confirmed the rumors.
This confirmation comes after customers complained of the 2016 optional packages. In the current models, customers can choose from two optional packages i.e. the Technology Package and Track Package. A customer cannot select both which means one can either have premium performance features at the expense of premium comforts or vice versa. This didn’t go down well with enthusiasts who wanted a piece of the both worlds. However, with the 2017 model, Ford seems to have changed all that as the automaker announced that the vehicle will be available with performance parts as standard features. Read along to find out more on the changes:
2017 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 Exterior
The 2017 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 continues with its mean look. The front end has been altered. To be specific, the nose has been reduced in order to minimize aerodynamic drag. The body has also been slightly altered to maximize aerodynamics.
The front also features a new splitter. The grille on the other hand is equipped with angled ducts that help convey more cooling air to the monster engine under the hood. The fog lights have been done away with and in their place are new vents to funnel air to the brakes. A Shelby badge is featured on the nose. The hood also features a gigantic air vent meant to increase aerodynamic efficiency and air flow through the car. “I hear that the vehicle also features a ducted belly pan”.
The rear comes with a functional diffuser which aids airflow as well as provide down-force. The vehicle’s rear also features a mild lip spoiler which stretches across its tail’s end.
2017 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 Interior
Inside of the new Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 2017, you will find an interior with numerous sporting detailing just like the exterior profile. Its new Recaro seats are well shaped and bolstered; in addition, the seats are upholstered in a quality cloth made specifically for this model. The seats are comfortable during long drives and very supportive during track events. The cabin features less bright trims on the cabin to ensure the driver is not distracted during a race.
Drivers will love its new customizable Performance Shift Light Indicator usually a preserve of full-fledged race cars. This feature signals the perfect engine speed for the shift point for the driver. The feature is actually a head-up display mounted in front of the driver and is controlled via the vehicle’s information center located in the gauge cluster. It also allows the driver to set shift points.
As said earlier, features of the outgoing model’s Track Package are now standard offerings. They include the aluminum strut tower brace, the MagneRide Suspension system, oil coolers for the engine and the down-force rear spoiler I talked about earlier.
The Technology Package has also been done away with and replaced with a new package dubbed the Electronics Package which packs even more features including SYNC 3 Infotainment system which features a 9-speaker sound system and a voice-activated navigation system plus all features of the previous Electronics Package. Next is a new Convenience Package which comes with all features of the Electronics Package and adds leather-trimmed seats bucket seats in place of the Recaro seats which are standard. The front seats are also power adjustable, heated and cooled.
The vehicle will be offered in three exterior colors which are Ruby Red Metallic, Lightning Blue and Grabber Blue.
Engine Specs and performance
Under the hood, the 2017 Mustang Shelby GT350 gets a 5.2 L, V-8 engine which spits 526 horses and 429 lb-ft of torque. This is an excellent fete bearing in mind that the engine does not have any turbo’s or superchargers.
This power is channeled to the rear wheels via a 6-speed manual gearbox that uses a unique Ford-tuned Torsen limited slip differential. The muscle car charges from 0-60 mph in 3.5 seconds. At this speed, the Mustang is the fastest naturally aspirated coupe in the market today.
The engine is also combined with a customized exhaust system with 4 exhaust outlets which produce a unique sound that will announce its presence wherever it goes.
Price and release date
In releasing the information about the new features of the new Ford Mustang Shelby GT350, Ford did not give any hint on the price front. However, there is a rumor going around that the model will be slightly expensive than the 2016 model.
According to this rumor, the vehicle will start at $ 56,495 which is slightly more than the outgoing model’s starting price of $ 48,695 plus the $6,500 Track Package. This might not go down well with some enthusiasts. The 2017 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 will arrive in Ford dealerships in June this year.
The 2017 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 will go head to head with the Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 whose new model is expected to put up more than 500 horses. The Dodge Challenger is another awesome muscle car that will stand on the GT350’s way.
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