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Much attention have been given to the Ford Mustang GT with the 5.0 litre V8 engine, but here’s something for the 2.3L four-cylinder EcoBoost model by Shelby. Like the latest pony car, which is being built in right-hand drive for the first time, this Shelby GT package will go global.

“Since the majority of Mustangs that Ford offers in many of those countries (worldwide) will be the EcoBoost model, our team has been developing a Shelby GT model for the nimble new turbocharged four-cylinder car,” said Shelby CEO Joe Conway.

“This package was specifically developed for the recently announced network of Shelby Mod Shops that will stretch from Europe to South Africa, China and Australia. They will add the Shelby package to a Mustang that a customer has purchased in that area,” he added.

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The $23,995 (RM103,387) package, which obviously does not include the price of the Mustang, throws in a Ford Performance handling pack upgrade (shorter springs, bigger sway bars, short-throw shifter), engine tune and throatier Ford Performance exhaust. The result is over 335 hp on RON 91 petrol (25 hp more than stock) and significantly better handling, Shelby claims. It’s for both auto and manual versions.

Looks wise, the car will share some of the treatments from the V8 version of the Shelby GT including a carbon fibre splitter, hood, rear spoiler and rocker panel. It will also have a “Powered by Ford” emblem, rocker panel graphics, Shelby GT striping and badging kit for the C-pillar, rear deck lid, faux gas cap and tail light panel.

Inside, the pack includes Shelby serial number dash and engine plaques, embroidery in headrests, logo on floor mats and lit logos on the door sills too.

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Further options include a roll cage, Sparco race seats, five-point harness, convertible light bar, short throw shifter, Ford Performance half-shafts, Wilwood six-piston front brakes and four-piston rear brakes, 3.55 gears, brake duct kit, camber caster plates and an adjustable rear tow rod.

The Mustang is of course coming to Malaysia. Back in June, Sime Darby AutoConnexion released estimated prices for both EcoBoost and GT variants – between RM435,000 and RM450,000 for the EB and RM550,000 to RM565,000 for the V8. However, with the current performance of the ringgit against the US dollar, those prices might not remain.

It should be here for a January 2016 debut. In the meantime, check out our review of the pony car.


Ford Mustang 5.0 GT in Malaysia