April 17 is National Mustang Day, a day on which Ford Mustang enthusiasts all over the world celebrate the launch of this iconic, timeless muscle car. Ford took advantage of the festivities in order to announce something that’s sure to be exciting for Mustang lovers everywhere; the brand will be extending production of the current-generation Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 and GT350R models to the upcoming 2018 model years.
The 2018 models will be powered by a 5.2-liter V8 engine that delivers 526 horsepower and 429 lb-ft of torque that gives the Shelby GT350 and GT350R the kind of track-ready performance that earned it Road & Track’s “Performance Car of the Year” award for 2016. However, the 2018 model year will have some new add-ons like three news colors–Orange Fury, Kona Blue, and Lead Foot Gray–and the option of an Electronics Package with available features like a premium nine-speaker audio system and Sync 3’s integrated navigation.
We at Courtesy Ford of Sauk City were excited to celebrate National Mustang Day especially after hearing the news about the extension of the Ford Mustang GT350 and GT350R. And, we are eagerly anticipating the 2018 models, which Ford representatives have said will be arriving at dealerships this fall.
If there’s one thing that auto enthusiasts look forward to every year, it’s the unveiling of the new Ford Mustang. They got their wish at the 2017 Detroit Auto Show with the unveiling of the coupe but the Detroit-based automaker wasn’t quite done. A few days later, the new Ford Mustang convertible made its official debut.
Like the coupe, the convertible will see standard LED lights and a customizable digital instrument display added to the equipment list. A refreshed hood and new fascias are also on the list of changes.
The Mustang convertible features a time of 10 seconds to lower the insulated cloth roof. Both version of the popular sports car go on sale in fall of this year.
The 2018 Ford Mustang will be the first model to drop the V6 engine since 1994. Instead, the popular pony car will see a performance-driven 2.3-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder engine that produces 310 hp take its place. The signature 5.0-liter V8 engine will hold its spot on the lineup. All engines will come mated to a new 10-speed automatic transmission.
While the convertible wasn’t around at the Detroit Auto Show, it will hit more than 50 regional auto shows throughout the United States. Keep your eyes open!
The Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 is already a powerhouse and for the 2017 model year, it’s moving a little closer to a fully-fledged track car. One of the most well-known muscle cars in the world, the 2017 Mustang Shelby GT350 will see a track package become standard equipment. Drivers, start your engines! The 2017 model is right around the corner!
The 2016 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 has an optional track package that ran around $6,500. That’s a good chunk of cold, hard cash, but the 2017 model may eliminate that altogether. There’s no word on whether the price increase will come with it.
While there’s no confirmation from Ford, the report comes from the reliable Mustang6G, a site that’s known for harboring leaked information on new Mustangs before its made public.
If the report is true, MagneRide, an upgraded transmission, and differential cooling would make the Shelby GT350 ready to hit the track from the get-go. While this is good news, the muscle car is closing in on the track-oriented Shelby GT350R.
Only time will tell what Ford has planned for its pony car!