Damn it, now Ford is doing it. It used to be the Germans were the only folks that would sell you a four-seat version of a two-seat version of a four-seat car. But now the Blue Oval has gotten on board, albeit in a far more limited form with the new GT350R.

The two-seat, high-performance Mustang can now be had with a new Ford Performance accessory that will transform the car back into a proper two-plus-two for just $999, not counting installation. The new back seat kit adds a pair of chairs, complete with seatbelts and the same Alcantara upholstery and red accent stitching found on the big-kid seats up front.

Now, there are a couple ways of looking at this decision on Ford's part. For one, it could be adopting the Porsche model – charging to remove stuff and then charging again to put it back. Or, there are some clever Ford engineers that realize a GT350R with actual back seats is just as capable of entertaining kids as annual trips to Disneyworld, but will cost a lot less. The reality, according to Ford, is much more mundane.

"We always listen to customer feedback," Ford Performance global director Dave Pericak said in a statement. "So when many requested a back seat for their GT350R, we acted quickly to make it available."

Answering customer concerns is always good, but if you really need room for four people, why even buy a two-seat car in the first place? Seems like people are missing the point of a GT350R. Read on for the official press release from the Blue Oval.
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JAN 21, 2016 | DEARBORN
Ford Performance is giving Shelby® GT350R customers more of the functionality they asked for with a new back seat package for most track-capable Mustang ever
Unique upholstery and contrast stitching match Shelby GT350R front seats
With safety top of mind, GT350R kit includes all GT350 occupant restraint systems

DEARBORN, Mich., Jan. 21, 2016 – Fun in the back seat has never been this exciting as Ford Performance debuts a new Ford-designed and engineered back seat kit that turns the Shelby® GT350R Mustang into a four-seater.

Gone are the days in which only two passengers could fit in the most track-ready, road-going production Mustang ever built. This new kit means Shelby GT350R is now the most track-ready, road-going four-seat Mustang ever built.

"We always listen to customer feedback," said Dave Pericak, global director, Ford Performance. "So when many requested a back seat for their GT350R, we acted quickly to make it available."

The kit features the same high-quality Alcantara material and high-contrast red accent stitching as the front seats for a beautiful, straight-from-the-factory look, and a consistent feel. With safety a top priority, it includes all original GT350 occupant restraint systems.

The back seat kit is available for $999 through Ford Performance Parts. It is recommended a Ford authorized dealer or service center perform the installation to help ensure safety for rear seat passengers.

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