I am certainly not breaking any new ground by saying that the muscle car segment is arguably better than it’s ever been before. We have the return of the Z/28 as a track monster, the 707-horsepower Challenger and Charger Hellcats, the Camaro ZL1, and the all-new 2015 Mustang. With the introduction of the Ford Shelby GT350 Mustang we have yet another rig to add to the growing pile of muscle car awesomeness.
With its 500-plus-horsepower, naturally aspirated, flat-plane-crank V-8, the GT350 is a thing of beauty, and that’s not even accounting for its chassis. This chassis is based on the 28-percent-stiffer, new-generation Mustang’s underpinnings, and it features a custom-tuned, four-wheel independent suspension, MagneRide magnetic dampers, super-sticky rubber, and massive two-piece rotors. This thing is nothing short of amazing, but with all of these high-end racing bits comes a huge price tag, right?
The answer to that question is both yes and no. According to a report from HorsepowerKings.com, the GT350 Mustang will check in at $52,995, which seems outrageous when compared to the base Camaro or Mustang. However, once you dig deeper and look at it relative to its key competitors, you see that the GT350 is a steal.
At this time, the only real competition the GT350 has is the Camaro Z/28, which bases at $73,300. For those who ran out of fingers and toes to count on, that is a $20,305 price gap between the two. What’s more is that on paper — mind you, on-paper performance oftentimes means absolutely nothing once you hit the track — the GT350 Mustang seems like an equal performer next to the Z/28.
According to the same report from HorsepowerKings.com, the GT350 Mustang’s Tech Package will be a relative bargain too at only $2,995. This package will add power adjustable leather seats, a Shaker audio system, an eight-inch Myford Touch LCD screen, dual-zone climate control, and more to the track-ready `Stang.
For now, these pricing details remain only a rumor, but if they are even remotely true then Chevy may soon need to start finding ways to cut the price of the Z/28.