Update: Ford today confirmed the equipment changes to the 2017 Shelby GT350, and released these photos showing the car’s new Grabber Blue, Lightning Blue, and Ruby Red paint options.
If you’re hoping to snag a 2017 Ford Shelby GT350 Mustang to tear up your local canyon roads or race track, there’s good news about the car’s equipment levels. According to a leaked dealer order guide provided to AUTOMOBILE, the base GT350 will now come with more performance features as standard, and there will also be a revised color palette in which to adorn your car.
The biggest news is that the Track Pack available for last year’s GT350 has been deleted, with all its features now standard on the GT350. That means all versions of the go-fast Mustang now pack an aluminum front strut-tower brace; MagneRide adaptive dampers; and coolers for the engine oil, transmission oil, and differential. In addition, a trunklid spoiler becomes standard on all Shelby GT350s.
As to how you’ll paint your GT350, Competition Orange (as seen on our Four Seasons Mustang EcoBoost) and Deep Impact Blue are no more. Instead, Ford will add Ruby Red Metallic, Lightning Blue, and Grabber Blue to the order sheet. There are no details yet on those colors, but on the old Ford Mustang, Grabber Blue was an ultra-cool flat-sky-blue shade.
The only other significant change for the 2017 Ford Shelby GT350R concerns its available Electronics package, which is now renamed the R-Electronics package; it bundles a nine-speaker sound system, the Sync 3 infotainment system, automatic climate control, a rear-view camera, floor mats, and a tire inflator/repair kit. We also expect that Ford will continue, as previously announced, to allow GT350R buyers to pay extra to re-install that model’s back seat if they desire more passenger capacity.
There will be no mechanical changes for the 2017 Ford Shelby GT350 Mustang, meaning buyers will continue to enjoy the monstrous power and ferocious sound of a 5.2-liter flat-plane V-8 engine, while using a six-speed manual transmission to route that power to the ground. This lovely powertrain is part of what convinced us to name the GT350 a 2016 AUTOMOBILE All-Star.
Pricing for the new car shouldn’t increase too much over the 2016 model, which starts at $48,695 for the GT350 and $62,195 for the GT350R. Check back later this year for exact pricing figures.