It’s a Mustang-friendly month here at Speed:Sport:Life. Shelby’s Super Snake tuning packages for the 2013 GT500 were revealed yesterday, and after looking over the specifics, we like what we see. The biggest news in our eyes is that the Super Snake packages can be had with either the GT500’s stock 3.31 rear end or a 3.73. Depending on the power package you select, 3.73s may put you out of reach of the stock GT500’s 200mph top speed, but if you’re the type who likes a race track, be it of the straight or winding variety, the shorter gears may be to your liking. For a street Shelby, the 200mph bragging rights may trump absolute acceleration.
If $28,995 for the 662-horsepower package and $39,995 for the go-big-or-go-home 850hp variant sound reasonable to you, remember that these prices are on top of the retail-delivered GT500 that you’ll need before you ring Shelby. That said, there aren’t many 850hp turnkey cars out there for ~$95,000, so it’s still a bit of a bargain.
The full announcement is posted below, after the gallery from Shelby American. Enjoy.
- Shelby American now offers the 2013 GT500 Super Snake in either a 662 HP or 850 HP version
- 2013MY GT500 Super Snake offers optional “wide body” for the first time in history
- Debuts at Barrett-Jackson, Las Vegas and offers new, lower price for base model car
- Shelby American limits production to only 500 cars for 2013MY GT500 Super Snake
LAS VEGAS – Sept. 18, 2012 – Shelby American, a wholly owned subsidiary of Carroll Shelby International Inc. (CSBI:PK), is now offering the most powerful versions of the Shelby GT500 Super Snake for the 2013 model year in the company’s 50 year history. With a base model rated at 662 HP and an optional 850 HP version, the limited edition 2013 Shelby GT500 Super Snake also features new styling cues, color options and optional performance upgrades at a lower base price. Only 500 total 2013 Super Snakes will be built; the car is available as a coupe or convertible in the entire color palette offered by Ford Motor Company on the Shelby GT500.
“When Ford launched the 2013 Shelby GT500, we were bombarded with requests for Shelby American to offer a Super Snake package for the car,” said John Luft, president of Shelby American. “Our team worked closely with Ford Racing and other key partners to develop our new fire breathing snake. The result is the most powerful base model Super Snake ever at 662 horsepower, which is available at prices lower than previous models. By checking off a few boxes in the series of optional equipment, you can take home a street-legal 850 horsepower version that runs on pump gas.”
For the 2013 model year, Shelby American takes the stock Ford GT500 and kicks it up to the next performance level with new options and styling changes. Customers can choose between Satin Black or Gloss White stripes to be paired with new wheels in Satin Black or Bright Silver Metallic, along with new silver and blue stripes paired with limited base vehicle colors. Offered for the first time in Shelby American’s history will be a choice of rear-only or front and rear “wide body” packages with an optional 13 inch rear wheel and tire package, as seen on the Carroll Shelby Tribute car developed by Ford and Shelby American that was unveiled in Monterey.
The 2013 Shelby GT500 Super Snake will make an appearance at the upcoming Barrett-Jackson collector car auction in Las Vegas, September 27 – 29.
“The Shelby GT500 Super Snake has been the big dog of the Shelby American lineup,” added Shelby American Vice President of Production Gary Davis. “With Ford’s new 2013 Shelby GT500 having 662 hp right out of the box, along with our new wide body putting 14 inches of rubber on the ground, this car will be a game changer when it comes to power to the pavement performance.”
The Shelby GT500 Super Snake is a post-title program based on the Ford Shelby GT500. The 2013 Ford Shelby GT500 Super Snake post title package includes:
- Standard base tune is 662 HP and 631 ft./lbs. of torque
- 6-speed manual transmission with 3.31:1 rear axle ratio and short-throw shifter with optional 3.73:1
- Upgraded suspension package
- Shelby Performance cooling package with a new radiator, heat exchanger and aluminum cooling tanks
- New spoked Shelby-designed 20-inch wheels and performance tires
- Shelby / Borla exhaust system
- Optional Shelby / Ford Racing 850 hp Whipple supercharger or 850 hp Kenne Bell supercharger
- Forged Shelby / Wildwood brakes with 6 piston fronts and 4 piston rear calipers and cross drilled / vented rotors
- Front brake cooling ducts and behind the door side scoops
- Unique fiberglass hood featuring classic Shelby Super Snake design
- Shelby signature Super Snake stripes in either matte black, matte white, silver or blue
- “Super Snake” vehicle badges, and unique CSM number interior and engine plates
- “Shelby” lettering across the rear deck lid
- Optional two tone leather interior
- Shelby signature embroidered headrests, floor mats and other Shelby designed components
The 2013 Shelby GT500 Super Snake post-title package starts at $28,995.00 for the 662 HP version and $39,995.00 for the 850 HP model, not including the base car. Only 500 of these cars will be built, all at the Shelby American factory in Las Vegas. Customers can build their dream Shelby Super Snake online with the “Build-One” program at http://shelbyamerican.com/buildhome.asp. Those interested in a car can also contact the Shelby American sales department at (702) 942-7325 or go to www.shelbyamerican.com.
About Shelby American, Inc. and Carroll Shelby Licensing
Founded by legend Carroll Shelby, Shelby American manufactures and markets performance vehicles and related products. The company builds authentic continuation Cobras, including the 427 S/C, 289 FIA and 289 street car component vehicles; it offers the Shelby 1000, GT350, GT500 Super Snake and GTS post-title packages for the current generation Ford Mustang. For more information, visit www.shelbyamerican.com. Shelby American is a division of Carroll Shelby International Inc. (CSBI.PK). Carroll Shelby Licensing Inc., also a wholly owned division, is the exclusive holder of Carroll Shelby’s trademarks and vehicle design rights. It also holds trademark rights for Shelby-branded apparel, accessories and collectibles. Information is at www.shelbylicensing.com.