Looks like the leaked documents were authentic. Ford has confirmed that the 2017 Ford Shelby GT350 Mustang will let customers build them the way they've been asking for all along. Let's run through the changes, even though they'll sound like a rehash of what I wrote in February (because it is). This is all official now, so it's worth looking at closely.
First off, the performance goodies. Previously the Track Package, with MagneRide active dampers, extra coolers, rear decklid spoiler, and aluminum strut tower brace was optional. Now it's standard and doesn't prevent buyers from choosing items from what used to be called the Technology Package.
That Technology Package has also changed. There is now an Electronics Package, which includes Sync 3, navigation, and a 9-speaker audio system. There's also a Convenience Package that includes what the Electronics Package has but also adds leather power-adjustable sport seats. (Cars without the Convenience pack have manually-adjustable Recaros.) Basically, you can choose the level of comfort and electronics options you'd like without sacrificing the Track Pack bits.
Lastly, colors. As the leaked documents mentioned, Deep Impact Blue and Competition Orange have been retired for 2017, perhaps to become collector's items. Three new colors – Ruby Red Metallic, Lightning Blue, and Grabber Blue – join the existing lineup of colors like Race Red, Magnetic (grey), Triple Yellow, Avalanche Gray, Oxford White, and Shadow Black.
Surprisingly, there's not much of a catch to folding the Track Pack into all models. While it wasn't mentioned in the release, we spoke to a Ford Performance spokesperson who confirmed to Autoblog that the 2017 "base" car MSRP will be $56,495 (including destination). That's essentially the same as a 2016 base car with the then-optional Track Pack added on – a $6,500 option.
Don't cry too much for the old, non-Track Pack base car. It was cheaper, but no one was biting. Ford says the take rate on the Track Pack was high enough that this move simply makes sense. We tend to agree: MagneRide is worth the cost of entry, as we found out on our first drive. The rest is gravy.