The 2017 Ford Shelby GT350 Mustang comes to dealers with new colors and revised equipment levels, small tweaks but important ones.
Some of the changes reflect the reality on the ground, a new competitor from Chevrolet in the 2017 Camaro ZL1, which the Bowtie Boys already taunted for with saying “It doesn’t need an optional package to be track ready”.
To this, Ford makes the Track Package standard equipment on the GT350. This brings all the extra cooling capacity, the adjustable MagneRide suspension, strut tower bracing and that big rear deck spoiler.
This will make the GT350 slightly more expensive and closer overall to the GT350R, but will put Chevrolet’s shot across the bow to bed.
When it comes to living with the the GT350 and GT350R, one common complaint by prospective buyers was its torturously uncomfortable Recaro seats. Ford heard you and will make their leather sport seats found in the rest of the Mustang line an option.
It seems buyers continue to want more comforts, thus the rear seat delete override option where a rear seat is added on the GT350R will continue to be available and likely a popular option.
Two option packages will be available, the Electronics Package which brings SYNC-3 with navigation and an upgraded nine-speaker audio system. The Convenience Package includes all of that plus the aforementioned leather sport seats.
“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 bottom line is that while the enthusiast clan is always raising their pitchforks for a plain wrapper track car with no frills, the people who actually buy them get to the dealer and ask, “Can I have a few options put back in?”
New colors also join the fray for 2017 and will also be seen in the rest of the Mustang lineup. These include the return of Grabber Blue, replacing Grabber Orange. A new Lightning Blue is bright and reflective, much in the say Sonic Blue from a decade ago used to be. Ruby Red Metallic also is added to the list of colors available on the GT350.
Job One for the new 2017 Mustang will be coming soon as Ford always tends to begin pushing the model year change over for the Pony car up sooner than most models. Pricing as stated for the GT350 is expected to be up a few clicks due to its expanded standard amenities.