2017 Ford Mustang vs 2017 Ford Shelby Mustang GT350

By now you have probably narrowed down your sports car search the 2017 Ford Mustang. The new model of this iconic car lives up to the reputation and legacy previous models have created. As you’ve done more research into the Mustang, you may have noticed the special Shelby GT350 model appearing in inventories as well. Looking at the 2017 Ford Mustang vs the 2017 Ford Shelby Mustang GT350 will help you decide which sports car best fits your needs.

The 2017 Shelby Mustang GT350 is the ultimate performance version of the standard Mustang. If you are looking for pure power and sports car capabilities, very few cars currently available come close to matching the Shelby Mustang GT350. Every model comes equipped with a 5.2-liter V8 engine that produces 526 horsepower and 429 pound-feet of torque. These numbers are well above even the highest numbers on the standard Mustang. GT350 models also come equipped with a long list of added performance features that are not available on the base Mustang.

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2017 Ford Mustang VS 2017 Ford Shelby Mustang GT350
3.7-liter V6 Base Engine 5.2-liter V8
435 Max Horsepower 526
22 city/31 highway Best Fuel Economy 14 city/21 highway
Manual or Automatic Transmission Options Manual

2017 Ford Mustang Engine Options and Fuel Economy

The standard 2017 Ford Mustang is able to hold its own in some categories. If you’re a driver that likes to choose from a variety of engine options, the standard Mustang has three available. This includes Ford’s impressive 2.3-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder engine. While some traditionalists may scoff at a four-cylinder engine, this EcoBoost is not to be underestimated. The turbocharger helps the engine deliver 310 horsepower and 320 pound-feet of torque, while the small size leads to fuel economy estimates that check in at 22 city/31 highway miles per gallon.

The impressive fuel economy numbers offered by the EcoBoost Mustang may make the car more appealing to some owners as a practical daily driver. The standard Mustang can also be equipped with an automatic transmission, a feature that is not offered on the Shelby GT350. For some drivers, the standard Mustang, particularly the EcoBoost model, would be a more pragmatic and practical choice.

But if you are looking to go all in with performance, you would be hard-pressed to find anything better than the 2017 Ford Shelby Mustang GT350. This sports car is a throwback to a past generation, offering traditional power and performance that cannot be matched. But no matter which 2017 Ford Mustang model you choose, you are taking home one of the best sports cars ever made.

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2017 Ford Shelby Mustang GT350 front
2017 Ford Shelby Mustang GT350 interior
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