Evan J. Smith
Freelancer
January 20, 2016

Like its R-model Mustangs of the past, Ford’s Shelby GT350R is an all-out-track beast equipped with a fire-breathing V8, grippy suspension and tires, and in the name of saving weight; you won’t find a back seat, air conditioning or radio.

Ford has gotten savvy with its current street-legal racer, the Shelby GT350R Mustang. They recognize not every GT350R owner will bury the tach and attack a road course, so they’ve included an Electronics Package option that adds back many of the common creature comforts such as air conditioning, stereo and navigation. And now, Ford announced a rear-seat kit available for $999 through Ford Performance Parts.

Shelby GT350R owners can now purchase this rear seat kit for $999, which is available from Ford Performance Parts.
This early photo shows the rear-seat delete on a prototype GT350R. Note the style of the front seats has since been changed.

“We always listened to customer feedback,” said Dave Pericak, global director, Ford Performance. “So when many requested a back seat for their GT350R, we acted quickly to make it available. This new kit means Shelby GT350R is now the most track-ready, road-going four-seat Mustang ever built,” he added.

The kit features the same high-quality Alcantara material and high-contrast red accent stitching as the front seats for a beautiful, straight-from-the-factory look, and a consistent feel. And it includes all original GT350 occupant restraint systems as well. And it doesn’t look too difficult to install, though Ford recommends having an authorized Ford dealer handle the work.

Do these options make this track-capable R-model Mustang and less racy? We doubt it, though the purists will say an R-model should be a bare-bones brawler. We’re all for the back seat and the options available with the Electronics Package; why not have horsepower, handling, and all the comfort and connectivity offered in most new vehicles.

The Ford Mustang Shelby GT350R Electronics Package is offered for $3,000, and it includes:

• 7 Speaker Audio System
• AM/FM Stereo/Single-CD Player
• SiriusXM Satellite Radio with 6-month prepaid subscription
• SYNC 3
• Dual-Zone Electronic Automatic Temperature Control (DEATC)
• Rear View Camera
• Turn Signal Mirrors
• Universal Garage Door Opener
• Voice-Activated Navigation System
• Auxiliary Gauges
• Floor Mats
• Tire Sealant and Inflator Kit