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Shelby Debuts A New, 50th Anniversary 2017 Super Snake

Shelby American today pulled the wraps off of a new, 50th anniversary Shelby Super Snake model at the Ford booth at Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale, introducing the latest exclusive, high-performance sportscar to be built on the Ford Mustang GT.

“When Carroll Shelby introduced the Super Snake version of the Ford Mustang in 1967, it earned universal respect for its astonishing capabilities,” says Shelby American 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.”

Just 500 examples of the 2017 Shelby Super Snake will be built, each starting at $69,995 (including the cost of the base Mustang). That sum gets you a distinct-looking, supercharged, 670-horsepower sportscar with upgraded braking, handling, and interior and exterior appointments. For a bit more money, you can have your Shelby Super Snake with 750 horsepower, which is good for a 3.5-second sprint to 60 and a 10.9-second quarter-mile.

The Super Snake’s standard list of equipment is pretty comprehensive, including exclusive Ford/Shelby-spec dampers, sway bars, springs, and bushings, plus 20-inch forged aluminum wheels wrapped in performance rubber. The result is a claimed 1.2g of cornering grip. Wilwood brake calipers – 6-piston front, 4-piston rear – slow the car with a set of up-sized rotors, and stay cool thanks to some exclusive Shelby brake/bearing cooling ducts.

Of course, the casual observer won’t have to dive underneath the skin to deduce that the 2017 Shelby Super Snake is a different sort of beast from the run-of-the-mill Mustang. The car features a custom-engineered hood with two massive, horizontal inlets, along with unique upper and lower grilles, a unique front splitter, rear tail panel, rear spoiler and diffuser, side rockers, and side splitters. Special 50th anniversary badges and stripes are another dead giveaway that the car is uncommon.

Inside the 2017 Shelby Super Snake, the story continues with anniversary logos on the seats and floor mats, unique door sill plates, Shelby by Autometer wireless gauges, and of course, a serialized dash plaque. Interior options include a 4-point roll bar, rear-seat delete, and a Katzkin leather upholstery upgrade.

If that’s not enough, still more options are available, like Ford Performance half shafts, a one-piece drive shaft, short-throw shifter, a track-tuned, adjustable Shelby suspension, 3.73 rear gearing, and a Shelby “extreme” cooling system with an uprated radiator and overflow tank.

“The 2017 Super Snake represents American muscle in the truest sense,” says Shelby American VP of Operations Vince LaViolette. “It delivers full-throttle excitement at every turn, all wrapped in a chiseled, handsome body. We designed every aspect of the car to be leaner and more functional than previous models.

“No other car offers so much performance and styling for the price.”

Aaron Brzozowski is a writer and motoring enthusiast from Detroit with an affinity for '80s German steel. He is not active on the Twitter these days, but you may send him a courier pigeon.

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