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Shelby GT500 Super Snake, Raw Power and Performance

Shelby GT500 Super SnakeWhen the gear heads at Road and Track magazine visited Shelby American’s Las Vegas headquarters to “wring-out” the 2011 Shelby GT500 Super Snake, they thought they knew what to expect. After all, they had tested the previous iteration of the Super Snake for an article they were doing back in 2007. At the time, they managed a more than respectable zero to 60 run of 4.4 seconds. When the 2011 Super Snake hit 60 mph in a head-snapping 3.9-seconds on a cold, 52-degree day, it took them by surprise.

 

Shelby GT500 Super Snake Package

When Ford released the 662-horsepower Mustang Shelby GT500, Shelby American thought it could do better yet, so it set out on its own to prove it. The Shelby GT500 Super Snake package, built to add to the already super GT500, starts exactly where one would expect it to – with an engine upgrade. The Shelby-added supercharger makes 750 horsepower and 590 pound-feet of torque. Still not satisfied, Shelby die-hards made available a Kenne Bell engine upgrade that took the output up another notch to 800 hp.

 

Never Enough

The GT500 Super Snake features a good number of other mechanical upgrades as well. in addition to its six-speed manual transmission and short-throw shifter, the Super Snake comes with a Ford Racing handling pack that includes dynamic adjustable dampers, lowering springs, tuned stabilizer bars and a front strut tower brace. A Shelby, Eibach handling pack is optional. Add the massive Shelby, Baer brakes, front brake cooling ducts, 20-inch aluminum alloy wheels, a Borla exhaust system and various other cosmetic touches, and the result is naturally a Mustang, Cobra, Shelby, supercar.

 

Never Say Die

The good folks at Shelby American felt it was important to note that the Super Snake is “more than just raw power and ridged track performance. Owners can drive this car every day with its docile and comfortable ride in normal traffic situations.” Anyone who’s driven the “standard” GT500 knows that if the Super Snake is anywhere near as well-mannered as it is in everyday driving situations, the Shelby’s aren’t just blowing smoke.

 

The bottom line? The 2011 GT500 available through a Ford dealer was listed at $54,650. Adding the Super Snake package tacked on an additional $39,995. As always, the current value of a limited edition Shelby GT500 Super Snake depends on a lot of different things. But one thing’s sure, it won’t be cheap.

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