Mustang GT350 Info Trickles Out
What with squiring two clients accounting (at various times) for an Audi TT, a BMW M3 Convertible, a Camaro Z28 Convertible, a Porsche Cayman and a Volvo C30 through the Los Angeles International Auto Show; writing that first Pony Car blog; traveling north for Thanksgiving with the granddaughter; and two days staffing the Petersen Automotive Museum’s desk at the Show, I had not gotten around to writing about the other cars at the Show. Not to worry. It’s coming.
What Do We Know Now?
When the Auto Show opened, very little was made public about the performance version of Ford’s 5th generation Mustang. Thanks to the tenacity of the social media and a few leaks, we can add just a few morsels.
This is third-hand information, being a report of a report in the Christian Science Monitor (http://www.csmonitor.com/Business/In-Gear/2014/1202/2016-Ford-Mustang-Shelby-GT350-gets-a-very-reasonable-sticker-price) of a report in Horsepower Kings (http://horsepowerkings.com/ford-will-price-2016-gt350-52995-gt350r-model-way/) but here it is.
If you read our first report, you’ll know that the car’s price had yet to be revealed when the car appeared on the stand. We speculated that it would be around $55,000, undercutting the Camaro Z28 by about $18,000. Now it appears the gap is even bigger. “Sources at the LA Auto Show” set the base MSRP at $52,995.
Few order a car like this without all the go-fast goodies, so you can expect as-purchased prices to climb quickly. Already there’s word that a “tech package” will bump the sticker up by $2,995. That is not the one hot-shoes will be waiting for though. Like the “Laguna Seca” edition of the Boss 302, there is little doubt that a “track package” will be the hot option.
But Wait – Their’s More
Those Ford loyalists who are smarting over the headlines bogarted by the track-ready Camaro Z28, will be waiting with bated breath for January’s American International Auto Show in Detroit, where Ford is expected to debut the Mustang GT350R, with rumored carbon-ceramic brakes and other racing essentials tweaked on the legendary Nordschleife at Germany’s Nürburgring. Too bad our travel budget doesn’t cover a trip to the Motor City.
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