The recently launched sixth generation Ford Mustang has only been on the market for about a year, but Ford is rumored to have made significant progress in the car’s first mid-cycle update which would possibly include the revival of the fabled Mach 1 moniker.
The tweaked muscle car would feature a reworked front fascia and a 10-speed (you heard that correctly) automatic transmission when it makes its appearance for the 2018 model year according to several unnamed sources in statements to Automotive News. The refresh would also reintroduce U.S. buyers to the Mach 1 (albeit in limited production form) which would be the first time that the Mach 1 has adorned a Mustang model since the 2004 “New Edge” era Mustang. Unlike that iteration, additional rumors appear to suggest that the Mach 1 would serve as the flagship of the Mustang range surpassing the GT350 in this role. However, further details regarding this potential model are murky, and curious followers will have to wait a while before more information is known.
In the meantime, buyers will still have plenty of distinctive special edition Mustang variants to choose from when they visit their local Ford dealer. The Shelby GT350 and GT350R are expected to arrive in dealer lots later this summer with both cars just recently beginning production while a new Pony package and the newest iteration of the GT exclusive California Special package were added to the order sheet for the 2016 model year.
In a surprise leak yesterday, pricing information for the 2016 Ford Shelby GT350 Mustang was revealed, and it appears ready to do battle with not only the Chevrolet Camaro and the Dodge Challenger but also the Z/28 Camaro when tuned to GT350R specifications.
According to a leaked pricing guide that was obtained by the folks over at Mustang6G.com, the base GT350 will begin at $47,870 which is on par with the Dodge Challenger Scat Pack model in terms of pricing though the slimmer Mustang will have an edge over the bigger Challenger when pushed through twisty road courses. Meanwhile the GT350R will have a base price of $61,370 which is roughly $10,000 less than the Z/28 and should make the two a compelling comparison both on the track and in the financial charts.
In addition, the unofficial pricing guide also reveals that the GT350 will only have a handful of option packages (the fore-mentioned GT350R being one of them) with a $7,500 Technology Package leading the charge while a $6,500 Track Package helps bring several track oriented upgrades to the car’s hardware. Meanwhile buyers that choose to buy the GT350R can add a few comfort features back to the car via the $3,000 Electronics Package, but these features do add unnecessary weight, so some degree of thought is recommended before choosing this particular package. Regardless of which GT350 variant is chosen, buyers can add a contrasting $695 black roof, Triple Yellow tri-coat paint ($475), and a $375 custom car cover to their purchase. Our sole bit of advice on this front is to avoid the unnecessary car cove,r and instead choose the contrasting black roof which looks especially awesome when paired with the Triple Yellow paint.
Performance for the GT350 will come from a naturally aspirated 5.2 liter V8 that uses all new “flat-plane technology” (the first time Ford has used this feature) to produce over 520 horsepower and 400 lb-ft of torque. These two figures allow the engine to earn the distinction of being the most powerful naturally aspirated engine that the company has ever formally produced for the mass market. A six speed manual gearbox is the only gearbox choice available with no automatic transmission currently in the cards.
Look for the GT350 to thunder its way into Ford showrooms later this year but buyers interested in an “R” variant will have to act quickly since Ford only plans to build a mere 37 copies of the GT350R so expect competition for one of the 37 copies to be fierce with first come first serve being the law of the land.