The current S550 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 is the most hardcore muscle car the the Blue Oval has ever created. The 760 horsepower Ford Mustang is a standout performer, and has already made quite the name for itself on the drag strip and road course alike. Despite only being with us for a short time now, a new document details a set of new options that are coming to 2021 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500.
Ford has detailed on its media site some of the changes coming to the S550 Mustang lineup for 2021, except the 2021 Mustang GT. Additionally, there’s no 2021 Mustang GT350 mentioned anywhere, or the Mustang Bullitt, which more or less confirms that the 2021 Mustang Mach 1 will be replacing both of them.
It’s not all bad news, however. There are a few notable updates to the S550 Mustang Shelby GT500, which will be getting a new optional Carbon Fiber Handling Package for 2021. Borrowing parts of its name from the existing Carbon Fiber Track Pack ($18,500) and Handling Pack ($1,500), this new offering aims to split the massive price difference between the two.
Whereas buyers previously had to choose between one of the two packages, this new Carbon Fiber Handling Package blends some of the highlights from each. It includes 20-inch carbon fiber wheels finished in black, adjustable strut top mounts, an oil catch can, a Gurney flap, and splitter wickers. While we don’t have any pricing information at this time, you’d expect it to and between the $18,500 Carbon Fiber Track Pack and $1,500 Handling Pack. Those carbon fiber wheels aren’t cheap however, so expect it to be somewhere closer to the former.
The Ford document also states that the 2021 S550 Mustang lineup as a whole, including the Shelby GT500, will be getting three new exterior paint options. Grabber Yellow, Carbonized Gray, and Antimatter Blue will be available across the lineup. No word yet as to whether they’ll carry any added cost.
The Blue Oval appears to be honing the Shelby GT500 for its second model year, as the S550 generation Mustang enters the tail end of its run. With the S650 generation Mustang expected to begin production in 2022, it might be the last time.