It’s no secret Ford is trying to squeeze every penny out of the Shelby name and now they stretch that moniker onto the standard GT and EcoBoost models. The 2017 Shelby GTE is basically a GT with the “E” standing for “Enhanced”. And although you might be able to choose between a 5.0-liter and a 2.3-liter EcoBoost, you still get the Shelby name tag.
Is it worth it though? Let’s find out.
Keith Belair, COO of Shelby American stated earlier in a release that “Every high-octane attribute expected of a Shelby car is incorporated into an affordable package that will be available at any of our North American mod shops.” “The Shelby GTE gives every fan the opportunity to drive the sports car of their dreams.”
The 2017 Shelby GTE adds power and Shelby signature styling with GTE badges. The naturally aspirated 5.0-liter V-8 now pumps out 456-hp while the 2.3-liter EcoBoost I-4 is rated at 335-hp. There are handling improvements, exhaust upgrades, a handling package and 19-inch alloy wheels. So basically you are looking at 25-hp more on the Ecoboost and 21-hp more on the GT models. Personally, if you are not too bothered with the badges and the styling, you can get a lot more for you money in the aftermarket.
But, if you are into the cosmetic side of things – You do get a carbon fiber front splitter and rear spoiler, Shelby badging, Shelby vented hood and Shelby GTE logos on the head rests, floor mats and sill plates. Shelby American Vice President Gary Patterson said “The Shelby GTE can be easily tailored for the road or the track, or even both” “And with our full range of Shelby performance parts, the possibilities are endless. If you can dream it, we can build it.”
It all boils down to you personal preference at the end of the day. Would you shed the extra buck for the 2017 Shelby GTE?