By   April 7, 2016

2017 Ford Shelby Mustang GT350

2017 Ford Shelby Mustang GT350

When we had our opportunity to drive the Ford Shelby Mustang GT350R at Laguna Seca it blew us away. It was powerful, but managed to handle very well thanks in part to its suspension setup. But most of all it was a track beast.

Comparing it to the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat is an apples to oranges comparison. The Hellcat may offer 707 horsepower, but it can also easily be dialed back for an enjoyable long ride. The GT350R is ready for the track at all times and as such provides an uncompromising ride no matter where you drive it.

Many buyers of the GT350R are buying the wrong car and Ford is going to help them with this issue. The evidence of this is the number of folks that wanted to have the back seat put back into the track ready machine.

What these buyers really wanted was a standard Ford Shelby Mustang GT350 with a track package. Ford has listened to their customers and for 2017 the GT350 will offer some new standard features.

“Ford Performance is always listening to customer feedback,” said Dave Pericak, global director, Ford Performance. “At the end of last year we started offering a back seat option for Shelby GT350R due to customer demand. Now, we have adjusted the packages available to continue to provide more of what customers want on the Shelby GT350 Mustang.”

The big change is the offering of the Track Package as standard on the GT350. There are also some additional color choices and some creature comfort enhancements.

Below is a rundown of the new features available on the 2017 Shelby GT350 Mustang:

  • Standard Track Package featuring aluminum tower-to-tower brace; high-downforce decklid spoiler; engine oil, transmission and differential coolers; MagneRide damping system
  • Three new colors – Ruby Red Metallic, Lightning Blue and Grabber Blue – replace Deep Impact Blue and Competition Orange
  • Two new available packages – Electronics Package includes SYNC 3, voice-activated navigation and nine-speaker audio system; Convenience Package includes the same options, and replaces manual Recaro seats with leather-trimmed power sport seats
  • Available audio system upgrade from seven to nine speakers with Electronics Package, Convenience Package and R-Electronics Package