Essentially Shelby takes a standard 5.0-litre Coyote-powered Mustang, feeds it a bunch of ’roids then leaves it alone to fester a little. The result is one pretty angry ’Stang in form of the supercharged 2017 Shelby Super Snake. The ‘standard’ Super Snake stacks a Ford Performance intercooled blower atop the standard V8 and makes a cool 670hp, plus they tickle the brakes and suspension – this is basically what Herrod Performance sells here in Australia, just without the body alterations and upgraded brakes.
If 650hp sounds a bit tame, you can tick an option box that adds a Whipple or Kenne Bell supercharger instead, and with this set-up you get a monstrous 750hp. On pump gas, street tyres and fitted with an automatic trans, Shelby reckons this 750hp Super Snake can crack 60mph in 3.5 seconds and run a 10.9-second quarter-mile.
Shelby don't just throw a heap of power at the Mustang and leave you to figure out the handling and stopping bits – or just have a giant accident – either, because they have made improvements there as well. Shelby Wilwood brakes with six-piston front calipers and four-pot rears have been fitted, along with a bunch of suspension upgrades from Ford Performance, including forged 20-inch alloy wheels. Plus there are the aesthetic trinkets like the custom bonnet, rear spoiler and front and rear splitters.
That’s just for the standard 670hp Super Snake; if you upgrade to the 750hp version you get what they call the ‘Shelby Extreme Cooling system’, Ford Performance half-shafts, an upgraded transmission cooler for the auto, one-piece driveshaft and Ford Performance wheel studs. On top of that you can choose to add 3.73 diff gears, a short-throw manual shifter, four-point rollcage with harnesses and rear seat delete for the full track special.
By now you’re probably wondering about the price. The package starts at US$36,795 for the 670hp version – and that’s on top of the cost of your base car. So all up you’re looking at about US$70,000. As for the 750hp version, that’s a bit more, though Shelby won’t say exactly how much. Five-hundred 50th anniversary Super Snakes will be built in total.