Even for just the wheels alone.
Earlier this month we reported the 2021 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 will be receiving a third equipment package called the Carbon Fiber Handling Package. Ford immediately confirmed this but one major detail remained unknown: pricing. Today, it appears we have our answer. CarBuzz reached out to Ford who confirmed that the Carbon Fiber Handling Package will cost $10,000 once it goes on sale in the very near future.
As previously noted, the Carbon Fiber Handling Package will act as a middle ground between the $1,500 Handling Package and the $18,500 Carbon Fiber Track Pack. We're only surprised it's taken Ford a whole model year to launch the new package given the $17,000 price difference between the existing two.
Of course, the Carbon Fiber Track Pack is aimed directly at enthusiasts with its many weight-saving accessories, such as Michelin Pilot Cup Sport 2 tires, 20-inch exposed carbon fiber wheels, carbon fiber instrument panel and GT4 track wing, rear seat delete, splitter wickers, and Recaro leather-trimmed seats. The Handling Package adds adjustable strut mounts, gurney flack, and those splitter wickers.
The new Carbon Fiber Handling Package offers a solid middle ground with those 20-inch (now painted) carbon fiber wheels, adjustable strut top mounts, catch can, gurney flap, splitter wickers, and a wheel lock kit. For many buyers, this new package offers the best of both worlds. It's also something of a bargain.
For example, those painted 20-inch wheels are very likely to cost more than $10k when purchased separately from the package. The unpainted version with the lovely exposed carbon fiber cost an insane $25,400 sans the Carbon Fiber Track Pack. Bear in mind the base price of a new Mustang Shelby GT500 is already $74,000. Still, both packages offer significant value for buyers, all of whom are treated to the GT500's supercharged 5.2-liter Predator V8 rated at 760 horsepower and 625 lb-ft of torque, paired to a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox.
A number of Ford dealers last year opted to mark up the new Shelby model's price by several thousand dollars in order to increase their profit margins. Hopefully, this practice will subside as the vehicle enters its second model year.