By Bob Sorokanich
Usually, the Shelby badge is saved for the hottest, highest-performing Mustang variants. Not so today: Feast your eyes on the 2017 Shelby GTE, a lightly modded Mustang that gains about two dozen horsepower.
The "E" in GTE stands for "enhanced," and the car you see here is, indeed, mildly tweaked. In 5.0-liter V8 guise, it puts out 456 horsepower, 21 more than stock; EcoBoost four-cylinder turbo models make 335 horses, a gain of 25.
That power increase comes mainly from the Ford Performance catalog, with V8 models benefitting from the factory-approved Power Pack (EcoBoost models get a Shelby-specific engine tune). GTEs also get the Ford Performance Handling Pack and cat-back exhaust, as well as Ford Performance 19-inch wheels and tires of Shelby's choosing.
Stripes and badges? Hell yeah. GTE-specific hood, grilles, rocker panels, and rear spoiler all distinguish this upgraded model, along with a GT350-spec chin spoiler. Badges on the dashboard, head restraints, door sills, floor mats, engine cover, grill, decklid, and C-pillar all proclaim the car's Shelby-ness to the world, along with traditional racing stripes and sill stripes.
So, yes. In base form, the Shelby GTE is essentially a Shelby GT-H that you don't have to rent from Hertz. But it's got the all-important Shelby badge, a place in the Shelby Registry (alongside Cobras both of original and continuation provenance), and headroom to mod to your heart's content. Pricing has not been revealed. For more information, or to place an order with your nearest authorized Shelby American dealer