The sting of a Shelby GT500 Super Snake
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8th March, 2013
Shelby American, a wholly owned subsidiary of Carroll Shelby International
Inc., has released a quarter mile report card for 2013 Shelby GT500 Super Snake. Staying true to the Shelby name, the new
850 HP Super Snake produced a series of mid ten-second quarter mile runs in excess of 135 mph at Bradenton Motor Sports
Park in Bradenton, Florida (USA).
After unleashing 850 horses on the drag strip, the independent test driver concluded that, “the 2013 Super Snake is
one of the most amazing Mustangs we’ve driven and is the fastest and most responsive Mustang we’ve tested to date. It
makes every bit of the advertised 850 horsepower, and we put it to the test on the track. It produced a series of
mid-10-second runs at over 135 mph, which is staggering performance for a 50-state-legal, emission compliant vehicle. Our
best run clocked a 10.66 second time at 137 mph with Nitto NT555R street tyres.”
With Ford’s 2013 Shelby GT500 boasting 662 HP right off the line, the Ford Racing Whipple or optional Kenne Bell
supercharger upgrade from Shelby American takes the Super Snake to the next level. Combining serious power with a finely
tuned suspension package and Shelby performance cooling package, this car is a game changer.
“The 2013 Super Snake’s impressive quarter mile test numbers, using pump gas and street tyres, ranks it among the
fastest production cars available,” said John Luft, president of Shelby American. “But it’s more than just raw
power and ridged track performance. Owners can drive this car every day with its docile and comfortable ride in normal
The independent tester added that, “with a drag race set-up the Super Snake would likely produce quarter mile runs
in the nine second range, yet it maintains all the comfort and features of any new Shelby. Even the Launch Control worked
flawlessly. Clutch actuation is smooth and precise and the suspension provides enhanced performance without sacrificing
The 2013 Shelby GT500 Super Snake post-title package starts at $28,995** for the 662 HP version and $39,995** for the
850 HP model, not including the base car or any additional add-on taxes.
Only 500 of these high performance American cars will be built, all at the Shelby American factory in Las Vegas
** Prices mentioned in this news story are in US dollars (USD) and exclude the base car as the price is for the
optional package only (excluding any relevant taxes and/or charges). Although the price has no relevance for the
Australian market as the Shelby GT500 is not commercially imported into Australia, the price is shown for curiosity value
for those who like to know these things.