Little update, big wing: 2017 Ford Shelby GT350 Mustang

You don't need to update much when your car's only a year old and most critics are over the moon with it.

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Were you on the fence about picking up one of Ford's hot-to-trot, flat-plane-crankshaft Shelby GT350 Mustangs last year? Did the small choice of paint colors and slight lack of options keep you from pulling the trigger? If that's the case, you might want to start paying attention.

Being that its latest track darling is only one model year old, Ford isn't tweaking too much when it comes to the GT350 and its more hardcore sibling, the GT350R. Gone are two old colors, deep impact blue and competition orange, and in its place are three new shades -- ruby red metallic, lightning blue and grabber blue. Sorry, die-hard Clemson fans.

The optional Track Package is now standard equipment, and it includes an aluminum strut tower brace, a decklid spoiler, magnetorheological shocks and coolers for the engine oil, transmission and differential. That used to be a $6,500 option on the sub-$50,000 GT350. There's no word on how much of that price will end up in 2017's MSRP.

Two new packages are available, as well. The Electronics Package includes Ford's new Sync 3 infotainment system (with navigation) and a nine-speaker audio system. The Convenience Package features the same options as the other package, but it replaces the manual Recaro sport seats with leather-trimmer, powered units, as well.

Last year, Ford added a rear seat option for GT350R customers, citing demand. Back then, adding the Track Package meant that several other options were off limits, but customer demand changed that for 2017. Clearly, the suits are listening.

New colors, new features underpin an otherwise not-new Ford Shelby GT350 Mustang (pictures)

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Ford packs high-tech muscle into all-new Shelby GT350 Mustang (pictures)

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