The Ford Motor Company [NYSE:F] will have a new performance bargain on its hands if leaked pricing information for the new Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 proves accurate. When it goes on sale later this year, the latest Mustang variant will bring to the table a new 5.2-liter V-8 with a flat-plane crank, unique body modifications, more than 500 horsepower and 400 pound-feet of torque, plus much, much more—including perhaps a very reasonable $49,995 price tag. That pricing includes Ford’s standard $825 destination charge as well as a $1,300 gas guzzler tax.
According to the same leaked info, which first surfaced on enthusiast site Mustang6G, pricing for the even more potent GT350R will start at $63,495, once again including an $825 destination charge and $1,300 gas guzzler tax. In case you’ve forgotten, this model benefits from a slew of aerodynamic tweaks, chassis improvements, and the cutting of weight compared to the standard GT350.
Buyers of the standard model have several worthy options to add like the Tech and Track Packages. The Tech Package is said to be priced from $7,500 and adds things like power-adjustable seats, an upgraded audio system, an 8.0-inch touchscreen display and dual-zone climate control. The Track Package, meanwhile, adds things like magnetic ride suspension, stiffer springs and additional coolers, and is said to be priced from $6,500.
The GT350R is expected to feature most of the upgrades offered in the GT350’s Track Package as standard but if you want some electronic goodies on this model similar to those offered in the GT350's Tech Package, Ford will offer a special Electronics Package for a claimed $3,000. It's not clear yet what will be included in this.
Both the GT350 and GT350R are actually being introduced for the 2015 model year, though just 137 of these '15 models will be built to honor the original 1965 Shelby GT350 built by Shelby American. Once this initial batch of cars is built, Ford will switch over to 2016 models that will be built and sold in higher volumes.
Stay tuned for an update.