Building and Pricing the 2018 Ford Shelby GT350 Mustang
As we reported when the pricing for the 2018 Ford Mustang first appeared on Ford.com, the Shelby GT350 and GT350R models each get a $1,000 price hike for the new model year, even though they both maintain the exterior styling from 2017 rather than sharing the new face of the 2018 Mustang in EcoBoost and GT trim.
The 2018 Ford Shelby GT350 and GT350R Mustang is still powered by the 5.2L flat plane V8, delivering 526 horsepower and 429lb-ft of torque and paired with a standard 6-speed manual transmission. Both 2018 Shelby Mustangs have the MagneRide suspension system, advanced drivetrain cooling systems and the monster Brembo braking package while the GT350R still gets unique aero bits, carbon fiber wheels wrapped in Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires.
Really, none of the key features have changed for the 2018 Ford Shelby GT350 or GT350R Mustang, but there are some new features along the way, so today, we build and price each of the 526hp pony cars.
Building the 2018 Ford Shelby GT350 Mustang
The 2018 Ford Shelby GT350 Mustang starts at $58,045 including destination. Exterior options include 10 paint codes (including the new Orange Fury – a $495 upcharge), a painted black roof ($695) and three different racing stripe packages (each is $475). The only other standalone option is a car cover for $375.
On the inside, the 2018 Ford Shelby GT350 Mustang has two packages – the Electronics Package and the Convenience Package. The Electronics Package adds dual zone automatic climate control, a 9-speaker sound system, SiriusXM radio, the SYNC 3 infotainment system with an 8-inch touchscreen and a handful of other connectivity gadgets with a price of $3,000. The Convenience Package also costs $3,000 and it includes everything in the Electronics Package while also adding leather, power-adjustable seats with heated/cooled surfaces and memory. Considering that the Convenience Package includes the Electronics Package parts for the same price, it seems like a no-brainer to just get the Convenience Package and get the Electronics Package bits for free.
So, if you build a 2018 Ford Shelby GT350 Mustang in Orange Fury with the Black/White racing stripes, the car cover and the Convenience Package, the lesser of the two super-Stangs tops out at $62,390 with destination fees.
Building the 2018 Ford Shelby GT350R Mustang
The 2018 Ford Shelby GT350R starts at $65,545 with destination and the “R” model includes the same colors as the non-R while also having unique stripes ($475), but the same black painted roof ($695) and the same car cover ($375).
The only option package for the 2018 GT350R is the R-Electronics Package, which adds dual zone automatic climate control, a 9-speaker sound system, the SYNC 3 infotainment package with the 8 inch touch screen, a rear view camera, auxiliary gauges, navigation and some other smaller features.
So, when you build a 2018 Shelby GT350R Mustang on Ford.com with a premium color and all of the options, the price tops out at $69,890 with destination.