First Look: 2017 Shelby GTE Mustang!

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Just when you thought they couldn’t do anything more, Shelby American today unveiled their new 2017 Shelby GTE Mustang, a package based on the affordable Shelby GT and GT-H Hertz cars.

With the E being for enhancement, the new 2017 Shelby GTE was shown today at the Mustang Club of America’s 40th Anniversary celebration being held in Indianapolis, IN before thousands of Mustang owners and fans.

“From the Ferrari-beating Shelby Cobra to the 1965 Shelby G.T.350, Shelby American has always delivered world-class performance at a great value for everyone, not just the one percenters,” said Joe Conway, Co-CEO of Carroll Shelby International and CEO of Shelby American.

“Our newest cars are cast from that same mold, delivering affordable excitement for everyone. When the public begged for a version of the Ford Shelby GT-H rental car that they could own, we applied the winning formula from the Hertz program to the Mustang. Working with our friends at Ford Performance, we created an affordable car that delivers full-throttle excitement and remarkable styling.”

The recipe has been a good one, taking a stock Mustang GT from Ford and adding off-the-shelf parts from Ford Racing, now Ford Performance. Then added are a number of Shelby exclusive pieces and parts, all of which make for a car indeed enhanced.

Shelby will offer the GTE makeover at any of their mod shops located around the country on either 2.3-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder models as well as the 5.0-liter V8 GT. EcoBoost will see a modest bump in power to 335 ponies, the V8 moves up to 456 horsepower.

Some of the performance extras include Ford Performance parts like a handling pack, high-flow cat-back exhaust and 19-inch wheels. Styling from Shelby American is comprised of their trademark vented hood and lots of carbon fiber bits like a front splitter and rear deck spoiler.

The interior gets the usual assortment of embroidered this and that, lots of logos and plaques to tell the world what you got.

If you want to spend the money there are options galore to take the GTE well beyond affordable, with supercharger systems of 700+ horsepower, suspension and body components and so much more than we can list here.

Package pricing starts at $17,999 + the cost of the new Ford Mustang upon which it is built. Cars will be built by Shelby American at Las Vegas in addition to their authorized North American mod-shops. Shelby tells us that because the new Mustang is a global export model, they are working to offer new GTE package for export as well.

More information at www.shelby.com.

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