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2022 FORD MUSTANG SHELBY GT500 ORDER GUIDE CONFIRMS DEATH OF CARBON FIBER HANDLING PACKAGE

The Package Existed For Just One Year, And Was Priced At $10,000 USD

2021 S550 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 Velocity Orange Carbon Fiber Handling Package
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The 2022 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 dealer order guide has made its way to the internet, and there’s some bad news. While we welcome the addition of the eight (!) new colors, and the GT500 Heritage Edition, we’re bummed to report that the Mustang Shelby GT500 Carbon Fiber Handling Package has already left this earth after a single model year (2021). This will likely help pump the value of GT500 Mustangs equipped with the package in the future, but will force customers into either the much more affordable and basic Handling Package, or the beaucoup bucks Carbon Fiber Track Package.

2021 S550 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 Carbon Fiber Handling Package
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Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 Carbon Fiber Handling Package Details

The 2021 Shelby GT500 Carbon Fiber Handling Package is, or was, a $10,000 upgrade that was meant to bridge the gap between the basic $1,750 Handling Package and über-premium Carbon Fiber Track Package that’s priced from $18,500 USD.

The Carbon Fiber Handling Package included 20-inch carbon fiber wheels that are painted black, new-for-2021 adjustable strut top mounts, a catch can, a Gurney flap in the rear, splitter wickers and a wheel locking kit. Unlike the more extreme Carbon Fiber Track Package, the rear seats in the Mustang Shelby GT500 Carbon Fiber Handling Package stay in place, as do the standard Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tires. The Track Pack gets upgraded to the Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2, which is supremely effective at lateral grip traction, but not as good at forward acceleration. Exposed carbon fiber wheels, instrument panel, and massive GT4 carbon fiber wing remained exclusive to the 2021 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 Carbon Fiber Track Package, as well. And now with the CF Handling Package’s cancelation, they still do.

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2022 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 Pricing And Packges

The 2022 Mustang Shelby GT500 will have a starting MSRP of $73,465 in the US market, plus a $1,195 destination fee and $2,600 Gas Guzzler Tax, bringing the total to $77,260 USD, before options. Dealer orders for the new muscle cars opened on Monday, November 15, with vehicles on sale Spring 2022.

As an update for the 2022 model year, the Mustang Shelby GT500 also adds Ford Performance exclusive Code Orange – a hue that’s only shared with the Ford F-150 Raptor and Ford GT supercar.

Code Orange joins eight other new colors for the 2022 Mustang family in total, including Atlas Blue Metallic, Brittany Blue Metallic (available on GT500 Heritage and Coastal Limited Editions only), Cyber Orange Metallic Tri-Coat, Dark Matter Gray Metallic, Eruption Green Metallic, Grabber Blue Metallic and Mischievous Purple Metallic.

2022 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 Code Orange
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Written by Manoli Katakis

Muscle Cars & Trucks was founded by Manoli Katakis - an automotive media veteran that has been covering the latest car news since 2009. His journalism has uncovered dozens of major product changes, updates, plans, and cancellations long before automakers were ready to make things official.

Some highlights over the years of his reporting include the uncovering of the Zora trademark before anybody else reported on the coming of a mid-engine Corvette, as well as the dead-accurate reporting of the coming of the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2, two years before it hit the market, and even before the debut of the concept vehicle. This type of reporting has immediately continued here, with reports of the original seventh-generation Camaro plans being shelved, as well as what's in store for the Chevrolet Silverado.

Some of his work can be found on massive automotive media outlets, such as Motor1. He also has been a guest on the 910AM Radio Station with Detroit News auto critic Henry Payne, as well as the enthusiast-oriented Camaro Show podcast.

Over the years, Manoli has interviewed various automotive industry titans, leaders, and people that make things happen otherwise. These include figureheads such as GM CEO Mary Barra, GM President Mark Reuss, automotive aftermarket icon Ken Lingenfelter, Dodge firebrand Tim Kuniskis, along with various chief engineers of vehicles such as the Ford F-150 & Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro & Corvette, and many more.

At MC&T, Manoli is taking his journalism expertise, deeply planted sources, driving abilities, and automotive industry knowledge to new levels, covering more vehicles and brands than ever before. This is the place where you will continue to read groundbreaking stories about American performance vehicles, pickup trucks, and sport utility vehicles. Here is where you’ll also read insights and quotes from various automotive subject matter experts on the latest relevant products, as well as some of the latest official news from their manufacturers.

Fun facts: he also once beat Corvette Racing driver Tommy Milner in an autocross with a Chevrolet Bolt EV. The biggest vehicle he’s ever driven is a John Deere mining truck. Besides a go-kart, the smallest vehicle he’s driven has been a Hyundai i10. He’s also spent time in the cockpit of various American performance vehicle icons, including the fifth-generation Chevrolet Camaro Z/28, Dodge Challenger Demon, and Ford Mustang GT350R. He has reviewed dozens of trucks, SUVs, and performance vehicles over the years.

One of his favorite new vehicles on the market today happens to be the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison. He is also a card carrying member of the Sports Car Club of America, and regularly participates in Detroit Region autocross events.

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