New Shelby is out. Its name is the 2017 Shelby GTE Mustang. Believe it or not, this is an affordable Shelby. They created it to find a new market, new people and to provide unforgettable Shelby experience for less money. Do not, however, believe for a second that these GTE cars are not as mad and as thrilling as the more expensive ones. Get this – Shelby created them to sell them for small bucks. Nevertheless, one is powered by a 2.3-liter turbocharged engine developing 340 hp and 390 lb-ft of torque. The other is a real muscle deal. Five liter V8 motor is massaged to 456 hp and 424 lb-ft of torque. With an optional supercharger, the V8 can increase its power to insane 670 hp.
Regardless of the engines, the GTE received Lemans styled stripe and a few special paint options (something like GT350R). Shelby grill and Shelby badges are everywhere, but more importantly, subtle yet effective body-kit suits the car rather well. The wheels are another element considerably improving the shape of the car. Another important new feature is an improved exhaust. Developed in collaboration with Ford Performance and Borla, the new exhaust releases “true American muscle” sound. For all Mustang owners, the sound is one of the most important features. We all know that the legendary status of the Mustang is built upon powerful sounding V8 machines.
Inside is apparently the same as in the classic Mustang. Shelby did garnish it with numerous badges to make it look a bit more special.
All in all, this car is yet another reason why the Mustang is so popular in its latest incarnation. It is a muscle car with “normal” car appeal.