Shelby Gives the Mustang Ecoboost 25 More Horses ... for $24,000

The kit, which costs $24,000 on top of the price of a Mustang EcoBoost, also gets you some Shelby-specific body parts and other custom bits, but still! The price!


With  representing the line's volume player, it's of little surprise that the aftermarket is responding in kind and whipping together hop-up parts for the turbocharged four-cylinder pony car. Throwing money at performance mods months or even years after leaving the dealership with your new ride makes sense; buy the Mustang you want or can afford, save up for mods later. But would you drop $23,995 for an extra 25 horsepower?

We certainly appreciate the Mustang EcoBoost–based Shelby GT EcoBoost's additional 25 horsepower (for a new total of 335 ponies), its upgraded suspension and short-shift kit. But the Shelby GT EcoBoost package's price has us scratching our heads, since it is $23,995 on top of the price of an EcoBoost Mustang, for a total minimum cost of $50,195. (There are stripes and other add-ons, like Wilwood brakes, etc, available to send that figure higher.) We'll spare you the list of 335-hp-ish vehicles that can be had for less ( V-6 anyone? Too soon?) and skip right to the $33,200, 435-hp, V-8–powered factory Mustang GT. Or, you know, the $49,995 (Ford licenses the Shelby name for that unrelated model), which has pushing 526 horsepower.

Of the elements included with Shelby American's EcoBoost kit, only four are truly functional; of those four, three bits come straight from the Ford Performance catalog. You know, the catalog available to everyone, not just Shelby. There's the $299 Ford Performance short-shift kit, the $1499 Track Handling package (front and rear shocks, lowering springs, sway bars, toe links), and the Sport cat-back exhaust system, the least-expensive version of which runs $1489. Unmentioned in Shelby's sales brochure for the GT EcoBoost is an apparent engine tune, but an ECU programmer typically runs about $500.

Add it all up, and it's about $3787 worth of parts. So where is the other $20,208 of your money going? Well, there are some carbon-fiber bits (splitter, hood, and side sills), Shelby GT stripes and badges, plaques for the dashboard and engine cover, Shelby floor mats, and 20-inch Weld Racing wheels with Michelin Pilot Sport tires. Oh, and, uh, the cost to put all of this on your Mustang. The kicker: Shelby American goes out of its way to declare that after the build, it "retains all take-off parts." Wave goodbye to any possible savings from selling the stock wheels and suspension components.

We suggest that if you want a more powerful Mustang, visit your nearest Ford dealer and ask to test drive a GT. Even better, ask for the GT with the optional Performance package. As for those who already own a Mustang EcoBoost, our instructions are to also visit a Ford dealer—and order those Ford Performance parts. If these suggestions are somehow too confusing, you deserve this Shelby; just don't forget to cross-shop Roush Performance. They'd be happy to take $6959 of your money for a "Stage 1″ Mustang EcoBoost—with zero additional horsepower.


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