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Shelby celebrates 50 mighty years of the Super Snake

There are few cars now that ignite the same joy of driving as those in the previous decades did, which is why the Super Snake is back to save the day. Fifty years after the first model slithered out of the Shelby American factory, the company has resurrected its iconic muscle car, only this time its stronger, faster and yes, more super.


Thanks to a lethal collaboration with Ford Performance and some of the automobile world’s finest, Shelby American’s 2017 Super Snake is a 670hp serpent that you’ll want to get out of the way of. An exhaust by specialist Borla contributes a resounding soundtrack for the supercharged version of the Ford Mustang GT’s 5.0-litre V8, which, with automatic transmission, will blaze you to 100kph in only 3.5 seconds. With a Whipple or Kenne Bell supercharger — top trim options for the car — 180 more horses will be added to this beast. Then there’s the Michelin tires for grip and Wilwood’s six-piston front and four-piston rear brake calipers to rein in the fun.


“When Carroll Shelby introduced the Super Snake version of the Ford Mustang in 1967, it earned universal respect for its astonishing capabilities,” said Shelby co-CEO Joe Conway. “When Shelby American reintroduced the Super Snake in 2007; the world was awed by the 600+ horsepower street legal muscle car. That tradition continues with our newest Shelby Super Snake, which is better in every way. Carroll’s bold spirit lives on through this amazing car.”


Each of the 500 special Anniversary Editions (499 more than the original Super Snake!) might be based on the Mustang GT, but it couldn’t be more different too. A new bulging front hood, spoiler, splitter, mesh front grille, rear tail panel and rear diffuser assembly are just a few of the many things that the Super Snake is differentiated by.


Racing stripes synonymous with the Shelby badge run down the centre of the cars, alongside commemorative emblems throughout the body. Inside, Katzkin furnishes the interior with unique anniversary leather upholstery and its serial number is plastered so you remember you’re not driving any ol’ ‘Stang.

If you don’t fancy the iconic blue and white colour way, Shelby will offer this Super Snake in all Ford factory colours so you can create your own brand of American muscle fun.


Shatricia Nair
Managing Editor
Shatricia Nair is a motoring, watches, and wellness writer who is perpetually knee-deep in the world of V8s, tourbillons, and the latest fitness trends. She is fuelled by peanut butter and three cups of coffee a day.
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