2022 Ford Mustang Lineup Gains Shelby GT500 Heritage, EcoBoost Coastal Editions
Building Mustang special editions has been a time-honored Ford tradition (and surefire sales booster) stretching back to the original pony car. Two of the earliest factory Mustang special editions were the Sprint 200 Limited Edition and Anniversary Gold Millionth Mustang released in 1966 as part of the Millionth Mustang Success Sale initiative. Each bundled an assortment of options for a discounted price and included a commemorative dash plaque. Mustangspecs.com lists some 265 Mustang special editions over the first six generations, and for 2022, Ford is keeping the springtime Mustang special edition tradition alive, adding two new special editions and one new color option to the lineup.
2022 Mustang Shelby GT500 Heritage Edition
In 1967, to celebrate the epic 1-2-3 Ford victory at the 24 Hours of LeMans endurance race the year prior (as depicted in the 2019 film, Ford v Ferrari), Carroll Shelby jammed a modified 7.0-liter 428 Cobra Jet engine into his GT350, creating the first GT500. The 2022 Ford Shelby Mustang GT500 Heritage Edition pays homage to the original by replicating its Q code Brittany Blue paint and offering a choice of Wimbledon White stripe options: vinyl over-the-top racing stripes with unique vinyl side stripes that feature the GT500 logo, or hand-painted over-the-top racing stripes with a unique GT500 logo.
There are no mechanical upgrades on the Heritage Edition, so choosing a vinyl stripe option will add just $2,140 to the price of the GT500, while the hand-painted ones will set you back $12,400. Oh, and the base price increases $3,165 for 2022, to $77,260. Ford will begin taking orders for the 2022 Mustang Shelby GT500 Heritage Edition on November 15, with deliveries in Spring 2022.
2022 Mustang Coastal Limited Edition
Building on the tradition of the California Special editions (11 of which have been offered between 1968 and 2020), this Mustang Coastal Edition cruiser is built on a 310-hp 2.0-liter turbo EcoBoost Mustang with the Premium equipment group and is available with either coupe or convertible bodywork (the latter is pictured here). Like the original GT/CS of 1968—which essentially replicated the look of a stillborn Shelby notchback—all 2022 Coastal Limited Editions get a rear fender scoop, and fastbacks also get a “pedestal spoiler,” which we pedants call a wing (the original got a ducktail spoiler, and the aerodynamics of a convertible with the top down don’t work well with the wing).
Other design touches include a black grille, 19-inch rims with “tarnished dark” paint, a stripe that starts on the hood and extends just under the greenhouse, a Coastal illuminated sill plate, and Coastal dash plaque.
Paint color choices include the aforementioned mentioned Brittany Blue, Cyber Orange, and Rapid Red. The tariff for all this seaside ambiance is just $1,995 on top of the $33,420 or $38,920 base price of the fastback or convertible with Premium Package. As with the 2022 Mustang Shelby GT500 Heritage Edition, the order-bank opens November 15 for Spring 2022 deliveries.
The Ford F-150 Raptor and forthcoming Bronco Raptor are currently the only Ford Performance products available with Code Orange paint, but the 2022 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 is now available in this racy hue as well. Code Orange is the ninth color available for the 2022 Mustang lineup, the others being Atlas Blue Metallic, Brittany Blue Metallic (available on GT500 Heritage and Coastal Limited Editions only), Cyber Orange Metallic Tri-Coat, Dark Matter Gray Metallic, Eruption Green Metallic, Grabber Blue Metallic and Mischievous Purple Metallic.
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