The Ford Mustang GT350 has an enviable history that goes back to 1965 when it was first launched to the market. Along the way, the model has been one of the best muscle cars to step in this world. However, the Mustang has experienced stiff competition from other muscle cars over the years but has always managed to remain a step ahead of them all. Currently, the fiercest rival to the Stang is the Chevrolet Camaro Z/28.
Just recently in 2015, Chevy beat Ford in their own game by hooking up the Z/28 with an independent rear suspension but the Blue Oval automaker responded swiftly with the 2016’s GT 350 version. For the 2017 model year, the Mustang comes with a good deal of performance features meaning buyers can take their Stangs straight to a track field from the showroom.
However, this was not the case with last year’s model; buyers had to add extra cash for the optional Track Package. Buyers who specifically want their Stang for the track racing should opt for the track-focused GT350R. The standard GT350 is for those who want to ride their Stangs on the streets, country roads and form one time to another go for a thrill in the racing tracks. Read along to find out more:
2017 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 Exterior and interior changes
During the recent Ford press release, the automaker revealed that the Track Package will no longer be available. Instead, its features of the package which included an aluminum strut tower brace, the MagneRide which simply speaking composes the adaptive dampers, differential coolers and a rear spoiler will all be offered as standard features.
Though the automaker didn’t say what will happen with other features of the package such as the drive-mode selector and the front suspension springs, we assume they will be offered as standard. All these features are offered on the track-oriented GT350R meaning the GT350 is edging closer to the GT350R.
The previous model’s other packages have also been changed. To start with, the previous Technology Package which featured among others the SYNC 3 infotainment system with a voice-activated navigation system, leather upholstery, heated and ventilated front seats has been incorporated with additional features in a new convenience Package.
This package can now be offered with the performance features which have been made standard. Previously, a buyer could not combine the Track Package with the Technology Package, an issue many buyers didn’t like. The automaker seems to have listened to their concerns in effecting the changes.
The Convenience Package even adds extra features than the Technology Package used to offer. Some of these features include a 9-speaker audio system, and softer door panels trim.
There is a new Package for the 2017 model year which is dubbed the Electronics Package. This package was previously available only on the GT350R. It adds a dual-zone climate control system, floor mats, a tire inflator, a sealant kit, a radio and a backup camera. However, all the Electronics Package features are included in the Convenience Package which is more expensive.
Engine Specs and Performance
There are no changes under the hood. The 2017 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 features a Coyote 5.2 l V-8 mill. The engine is rated to produce 526 hp and 429 lb-ft of torque. The power is sent to the rear wheels via a 6-speed manual transmission system that features a specially tuned Torsen Limited slip differential. The vehicle accelerates from 0-60 mph in 3.5 seconds.
The engine does not use turbochargers or superchargers which makes it among the best naturally aspirated vehicles in the world. A customized exhaust system with 4 exhaust tips is paired with the engine. The unique sound from these tips will leave everyone in awe wherever it zooms past.
Price and release date
Ford remained tightlipped about the new 2017 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 price during its press release. However, we understand that the model might be slightly expensive than the current version with the optional Track Package included. Currently, the Stang has an MSRP of $ 48,695, adding the Track Package takes it to $ 55,195.
Close sources intimate that the new model will start at $ 56,495. The model is scheduled to hit Ford dealerships in June this year. Official prices will be communicated when the model nears the official on-sale date.