Marcus De Guzman / Shelby American | January 20, 2017 11:37
Shelby celebrates 50th anniversary with all-new Super Snake
Shelby American is celebrating its 50th birthday in a unique way by introducing an all-new Super Snake that is capable of unleashing more than 700 PS. Based on the current Mustang GT, the 2017 Shelby Super Snake gets a tricked out 5.0-liter V8, a sportier exterior kit and a refreshed interior.
Beginning with the exterior, the new Super Snake gets a subtle makeover courtesy of a new aerokit . For starters, it gets a new hood, rocker panels and a front splitter. The grill, fog lights, rear diffuser and trunk spoiler also give the car a more purposeful look. Completing it all are the new set of wheels available in either black or alloy finish.
Shelby American added that all of the new components were digitally modelled using CAD and were developed and tested with the manufacturer.
Stepping inside, the interior gets a black and white finish and is spruced up with several Shelby-exclusive add-ons. The sport seats are upholstered in leather and have blue contrast stitching and anniversary logos of Shelby American. Custom floor mats also make their way in the 2017 Super Snake, along with special door sill plates, new instrument cluster and an official Shelby serial number placed on the dashboard.
At the heart of the 2017 Super Snake is the familiar 5.0-liter Coyote V8 that powers standard models of the Mustang GT. For its application in the new Super Snake, Shelby installed a supercharger which allows the engine to generate 679 PS. Those that prefer more horsepower can opt for a more powerful supercharger from Whipple or Kenne Bell. With it, Shelby claimed the V8 will be able to crank out 760 PS.
Apart from the supercharger upgrade, Ford Performance half-shafts and a new one-piece driveshaft were also put in place in the 2017 Super Snake. To cope with the extra heat, Shelby put a special cooling system to avoid overheating the engine.
“We compared the groundbreaking 1967 and 2007 model Super Snakes to other cars of their era when setting the performance parameters for our anniversary model. The new Super Snake matches those cars’ competitive advantages. The newest Super Snake is both extraordinarily fast and a thrill to drive. In a world filled with sterile cars, it’s a throwback to a time when people enjoyed driving,” said Gary Patterson, new president of Shelby American.
Only 500 units of the 2017 Shelby Super Snake will be produced.