Ford just showed us its upcoming for the sixth-generation , but Shelby American isn't done with the 2017 model just yet. To celebrate the 50th anniversary of 's original high-performance Super Snake, which was released back in 1967, Shelby American has revived the name for a new version that it claims can do the quarter-mile in less than 11 seconds.
Following up the release of the last year, Shelby and Ford Performance unveiled a new striped variant of the American muscle car at the Ford exhibit at the Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale auction the weekend of January 21. Based on Shelby's performance claims, the Super Snake can outperform in just about every way and remains both street and track legal.
The Super Snake, available with an automatic or manual transmission, begins as a Mustang GT with its 5.0-liter V-8, but a supercharger and tuning kick it up to a claimed 670 horsepower. Pay extra for a Whipple or Kenne Bell supercharger, and Shelby claims the engine will generate up to 750 horsepower. That's the model Shelby uses to establish its performance claims. With an automatic transmission, normal gas-station fuel, and Michelin street tires (not specified), the Super Snake with the optional supercharger can do zero to 60 mph in 3.5 seconds, Shelby asserts, and hit 1.2 g on the skidpad. In our testing, the GT350R did zero to 60 mph in 3.9 seconds, ran the quarter-mile in 12.5 seconds, and pulled 1.10 g on the skidpad.
Shelby upgraded a host of other features on the Mustang as well. The Super Snake has new dampers, anti-roll bars, springs, and bushings. It also has black or polished 20-inch forged aluminum wheels, six-piston Wilwood brake calipers in the front and four-piston calipers in the rear, and upgrade cooling for the brakes and engine.
On the outside, the Super Snake has a new hood, front splitter, grilles, rocker panels, rear spoiler, tail panel, rear diffuser, and lower rear splitter. Shelby also added LED lights, and, most obviously, striping on the top and sides with Shelby Super Snake branding.
Some optional features beyond the supercharger upgrade include a one-piece driveshaft, an even higher-performing cooling package, Ford Performance half-shafts, a short-throw shifter, 3:73 gearing, Shelby coil-overs, a suspension tuned for track driving, a four-point roll bar, and a Ford Performance wheel stud.
The package without any of those extras costs $36,795. Adding the cost of the Mustang GT brings the total price to $70,895. If you want the upgrade to 750 horsepower, Shelby charges an additional $6500 for that. Only 500 Super Snake cars will be built.
You can see and hear this spiced-up reptile thrash around a track below: