2017 Ford Shelby GT350 Mustang gets standard Track Pack goodies

The always sharp-eyed Mustang6g forum members recently got their hands on product information detailing the changes to the 2017 Ford Shelby GT350 and GT350R. For fans of the Track package who'd been frustrated that selecting those options meant giving up on the goodies included in the Technology package, it's great news. All the Track pack bits will now be standard on base 2017 models, according to the documents found on the forum.

Let's summarize these alleged changes: The Track pack is gone. MagneRide suspension, an aluminum strut tower brace, and transmission and differential coolers – previously restricted to the Track pack and mutually exclusive with the Technology pack – are now standard. That means you won't be able to buy a GT350 or GT350R without MagneRide, for whoever cares about that. Surely someone will miss the conventional dampers, but for most people, this move would simply circumvent the mere formality of ticking the box they were going to tick anyway.

The previously optional raised rear decklid spoiler is now standard, too. Three exterior colors (Lightning Blue, Grabber Blue, and Ruby Red Metallic Tinted Clearcoat) have been added to the lineup, taking the place of Competition Orange and Deep Impact Blue – after a short run, these colors will probably become collectable in the future if they stay off the palate of future models.

The Technology package is also gone. In its place is the Convenience package, with many of the same features as the old Tech package (like power-adjustable, heated and cooled, leather-trimmed seats) but a couple more speakers and no suspension parts (as they're now standard).

A new Electronics package adds some of these convenience features at what is likely a lower price point. Mainly, it gives buyers Sync 3 with voice-activated nav and SiriusXM, but with fewer speakers, and without the power leather-trimmed seats.

The screen captures of the documents, which look like part of a dealer presentation or similar official Ford materials and can be seen at the forums, certainly seem legitimate. We expect Ford to announce these changes officially soon, and for them to broadly resemble what we're reporting on here. Stay tuned for more.

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