Naturally, there’s a vast assortment of upgraded performance goodies within all eight levels of Challenger. Those alone could fill a story the size of this one. There’s a Super Track Pak suspension package, a High-Performance suspension package, a Performance Brake Package, a Brembo High-Performance brake package, and four different tires on nine different wheels. All Challengers get electric assisted steering with user-adjustable feel through Performance Page settings on HEMI cars, and a bowl full of alphabet soup with letters like EBD (electronic brake force distribution), EPS (electronic power steering), DST (driver steering torque), TCS (traction control system), and ESC (electronic stability control).
Those who want their very own theme-park ride can buy the Shelby GT350 for $58,045; that’s about $22,000 more than a regular Mustang GT without options. The track-focused GT350R costs an extra $7500 but adds aggressive aerodynamics, even more aggressive chassis tuning, and lightweight 19-inch carbon-fiber wheels with wider Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 near-race-spec tires. This stripped-down version saves weight by eliminating the back seat, air conditioning, audio system, and other equipment. The seats can be reinstalled by a dealer, and the rest can be optioned back in with the R Electronics package for $3000. While the GT350R is incredible on the racetrack, we’d prefer to drive the GT350 on a regular basis. It has standard equipment such as: