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E is for Everyone
Shelby American unveils a new Mustang at the MCA 40th show in Indy
By Steve Turner
Photos courtesy of Shelby American

Today at the Mustang Club of America’s 40th Anniversary show in Indianapolis, Indiana, Shelby American unveiled an affordable new option to its lineup. Available based on either the EcoBoost Mustang or Mustang GT, the 2017 Shelby GTE four-cylinder pumps out 335 horsepower, while the V-8 version produces 456 horsepower.

“From the Ferrari-beating Shelby Cobra to the 1965 Shelby G.T.350, Shelby American has always delivered world-class performance at a great value for everyone, not just the one percenters,” Joe Conway, Co-CEO of Carroll Shelby International and CEO of Shelby American, said. “Our newest cars are cast from that same mold, delivering affordable excitement for everyone. When the public begged for a version of the Ford Shelby GT-H rental car that they could own, we applied the winning formula from the Hertz program to the Mustang. Working with our friends at Ford Performance, we created an affordable car that delivers full-throttle excitement and remarkable styling.”

So the new GTE is essentially a version of the new Shelby GT-H that you can actually by without waiting for a well-worn rental car to hit the auction block. And, unlike the rent-a-racer, you can option the GTE in coupe or convertible and with an automatic or manual transmission.

“Every high-octane attribute expected of a Shelby car is incorporated into an affordable package that will be available at any of our North American mod shops,” Keith Belair, COO of Shelby American, said. “The Shelby GTE gives every fan the opportunity to drive the sports car of their dreams.”

As we said, the GTE is available with either a Coyote 5.0 or an EcoBoost 2.3 tuned up for improved performance with a new calibration, a cat-back exhaust and more. On the outside it is adorned with plenty of GTE badging and some carbon-fiber accents.

“The Shelby GTE can be easily tailored for the road or the track, or even both” Shelby American Vice President Gary Patterson said. “And with our full range of Shelby performance parts, the possibilities are endless. If you can dream it, we can build it.”

If you are interested in the 2017 Shelby GTE, you can configure your model on the Shelby website right here.

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Want to buy a version of the Shelby GT-H rental car in either body style or transmission configuration? The new 2017 Shelby GTE is for you.

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If 456 Horsepower and 424 lb-ft at the flywheel isn’t enough you can opt for a Ford Performance TVS supercharger and its companion calibration.

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Everyone will know you have a GTE thanks to a plenty of logos and a few carbon-fiber accents.

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The familiar Shelby grilles, GTE badging and a Ford Performance splitter set the latest Shelby apart from other S550s.

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You can also order a 2017 Shelby GTE based on the EcoBoost platform.

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The 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine in the Shelby GTE is tuned up to 335 horsepower and 390 lb-ft of torque.

The Mod List
• Ford Performance Handling Pack
• Ford Performance cat-back exhaust
• Ford Performance Power Pack: (V8 only): 456 Horsepower and 424 lb-ft of torque
• 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine tune: 335 Horsepower and 390 lb-ft of torque

Tires/Wheels
• Shelby spec performance tires
• Ford Performance wheels (19x9 front and 19x5 rear)

Exterior
• Shelby GTE hood & vents
• Shelby GTE upper and lower grilles
• Shelby GTE rocker panels with carbon fiber accent plates
• Shelby GTE rear spoiler
• Shelby GTE striping and badging
• Ford Performance front splitter
• Powered by Ford Performance emblem
• Shelby GTE front grill emblem and Shelby c-pillar emblem
• Rear GTE emblem
• Washer nozzle relocation kit

Interior
• Shelby GTE dash plaque
• Shelby GTE head restraint cover set
• Shelby GTE sill plates
• Shelby GTE serialized dash plaque and engine plate
• Backlit Shelby GTE door sill plates
• Shelby GTE headrests
• Shelby GTE floor mats

Engine Appearance
• Shelby GTE engine plaque
• Shelby GTE engine cap kit

Optional Features
Performance

• Factory Supercharger (5.0-liter), 670 to 750+ horsepower
• Track ready cooling systems: engine, transmission, brakes and differential
• Forged Shelby wheels
• Track ready suspension systems
• Short-throw shifter
• One-piece driveshaft
• 3:73 or 3:55 gears
• Wavetrac differential
• Shelby twin-disc clutch kit

Exterior
• Carbon fiber body components
• Convertible light bar
• Painted or raw finish:
• Hood and rockers
• Mirror caps
• Taillight panel
• Spoilers
• Rear diffuser
• Splitter

Interior
• Interior seating upholstery upgrade
• Shelby multi-gauge cluster
• Shelby engine cap kit
• Rear seat delete kit
 

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Well...that kinda kills the point of the Shelby name on your vehicle... GT350\GT500 should be it...now its like upgrading to the 6.4l with the Challenger #PoweredbySRT, with the scat pack, t\a, and normal srt. Now just way to many Mustangs wearing a Shelby badge. What is Roush even around for? The new SS still seems like a much better buy than the V-8 Shelby GTE I'm just angry about so many Mustangs having Shelby who went balls out with his vehicles and performance wearing that, the SS will still kill it in base form with 455hp\tq vs 456 and 424, plus, Chevy has legit, wicked fast automatics now, and the Camaro SS still weighs lighter than the new Mustang GT. Ford is confusing me.


Now Shelby is going to be on the majority of Mustangs everyone sees. Please say it isn't so! I thought SHELBY was for the TOP TIER, crazy muscle lovers, but now even a GT V-8 or even a 2.4l can get it? :??: I still ask, where in the heck is Roush? Did Ford just drop them and is now planting SHELBY on any package they can get more $ for?

I just wish they'd do something like with the Ford Focus RS, JUST put SVT on it. These machines to me are not Shelbys, it is like when they made the 07-08 Ford Mustang Shelby GT. It's just a GT, I don't see much of Shelby in it, no crazy power, just stripes and badges :poke: I'm just worried every Mustang is gonna have a Shelby badge somewhere on it soon. I still ask, where is Roush?
 
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Both Shelby America and Ford producing Shelby branded vehicles has always sent mixed messages. It's a marketing nightmare.
 

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