2017 Ford Shelby GT350 Mustang Gets Standard Track Package Goodies
Before getting into the juicy details of the 2017 Ford Shelby GT350 Mustang, I should point out that this information is not official. This comes from the website Mustang6G.com, which has proven to be a reliable source of early information in the past, so I am inclined to trust their information in this case as well. It is unclear where they got this information, but what is posted to their site appears to be from a dealership presentation and in this presentation, we see a surprisingly long list of changes for the 2017 model year Shelby GT350 Mustang.
2015-2016 Shelby GT350 Mustang Packages
When you build your 2016 Ford Shelby GT350 Mustang online, you have the option of picking the Track Package or the Technology Package – but not both. This means that if you wanted the best-performing GT350 (non-R) with engine, transmission and differential oil coolers, the front strut tower brace and the larger decklid spoiler, you couldn’t get the leather front seats or any of the gadgets of the Technology Package.
According to this document from Mustang6G.com, that is all changing with the 2017 Shelby GT350 Mustang.
2017 Shelby GT350 Mustang Changes
If this information proves to be true, the MagneRide suspension setup, the aluminum strut tower brace, the engine, transmission and differential coolers and the decklid spoiler from the 2015-2016 Track Package are all standard features of the 2017 Shelby GT350 Mustang. Because of these features now being standard, the Track Package will no longer exist come 2017.
In terms of exterior colors for the 2017 Ford Shelby GT350 Mustang, it looks like Competition Orange and Deep Impact Blue will be gone, with Lightning Blue, Grabber Blue and Ruby Red Metallic will join the palate.
Also, the Technology Package appears to be gone for the 2017 Shelby GT350 Mustang, effectively being replaced by two different packages – the Electronics Package and the Convenience Package.
The Electronics Package for the 2017 Shelby Mustang is available for both the GT350 and the GT350R, and this is the more minimal of the two. For the GT350, this package adds a basic AM/FM/CD/satellite Sync3 stereo system with 9 speakers, dual zone climate control, voice activated navigation, performance toggle switches and a universal garage door opener. The 2017 GT350R Electronics Package includes all of those items, along with a rearview camera system, auxiliary gauges, floor mats and a tire inflator kit.
The Convenience Package is the more direct replacement for the previous GT350 Technology Package, adding power/heated/cooled, leather front sport seats in place of the standard cloth Recaro seats and all of the features of the Electronics package for the GT350.
No Pricing Known
While we have a good look at what appears to be legitimate information on the 2017 Ford Shelby GT350 Mustang, we don’t have any idea as to what kind of pricing changes will come with these standard features. The Track Package adds $6,500 to the price of the 2016 Shelby GT350, so it seems reasonable that Ford would add at least that much to the base pricing of the muscle car. However, I expect that Ford will point out that those goodies cost $6,500 in 2015-2016, while adding a slightly smaller amount to the final price. This way, Ford can show that the 2017 Shelby GT350 Mustang is actually a better value.
On the other hand, since the suspension components from the Technology Package are now standard, the Electronics Package and Convenience Package for the 2017 Shelby Mustang should be considerably less expensive than the $7,500 Technology Package.
Most importantly, it looks like 2017 Shelby GT350 Mustang buyers will finally be able to enjoy leather seats and all of the premium performance features in the non-R models.