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2012 Shelby GT500 Super Snake: 800 Horsepower On A Budget

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On: Tue, May 24, 2011 at 3:12PM | By: Lou Ruggieri


2012 Shelby GT500 Super Snake:  800 Horsepower On A Budget

Sure, the new Ford Mustang GT is a fun. It's got the awesome Coyote 5.0 engine sporting dual overhead cams, 32 valves with variable technology, and not to mention 400+ horsepower. But, what's that? Not enough horsepower, you say? Well, okay, Dearborn has an answer for your power needs too, in the form of the very exciting Shelby GT500.  

Surely, with 550 horsepower and a 5.4 liter supercharged all-aluminum ground-pounding V8, that should certainly cover your horsepower needs? No? Really? Okay, well, then Shelby can take that garden variety GT500 of yours and turn it into one of the meanest Mustangs to ever come off a production line.

The newest version was unveiled at the New York Auto Show, and was easily the most powerful American car on display. Just to give you an idea of what this car is packing, here is an excerpt from the press release from Shelby American regarding the 2012 GT500 Super Snake:

“With more horsepower, the 2012 Shelby GT500 Super Snake is a strong performer both on the road and the track,” noted Gary Patterson, vice president of operations at Shelby American. “This Super Snake will deliver the driving experience that enthusiasts expect from the Shelby brand.”

The new Super Snake post-title package is one of the very few vehicles that generates up to 800 horsepower on pump gas. Not only is the high performance vehicle legal in 50 states, the unique, limited production supercar allows Shelby fans the opportunity to experience the power of one of America’s legendary muscle cars for under $100,000; this includes the Shelby Super Snake package and the GT500 base vehicle.

The 2012 Ford Shelby GT500 Super Snake post title package includes:

• Ford Racing handling pack including dynamic adjustable dampers, lowering springs, tuned stabilizer bars and front strut tower brace

• An optional Shelby/Eibach handling pack is available

• 6-speed manual transmission with 3.73:1 rear axle ratio and short-throw shifter

• The standard tune upgrades power to over 750 HP and 590 ft./lbs. of torque

• Optional Shelby/Kenne Bell 800 horsepower tune on pump gas

• Borla exhaust system

• Shelby-designed Alcoa 20-inch wheels in durabright or anthracite

• Forged Shelby/Baer brakes with 6 piston calipers and cross drilled/vented rotors

• Front brake cooling ducts and behind the door side scoops

• Unique fiberglass hood featuring classic Shelby design and pins

• Shelby signature Super Snake stripes in either matte black or matte white

• “Super Snake” vehicle badges and official Shelby CSM interior plate

• “Shelby” lettering across the rear deck lid

• Optional two tone leather interior

• Shelby signature embroidered headrests, floor mats, and other Shelby designed components

Customers can build their dream Shelby Super Snake online with Shelby American’s new “Build-One” car building program at http://shelbyamerican.com/buildhome.asp.

The 2012 model year car is offered in two new body colors, Race Red and Kona Blue. Those interested in a Shelby GT500 Super Snake or Shelby GT350 should call (702) 942-7325 or log onto www.shelbyamerican.com."

One wishes that more auto press releases looked like that one. Now, if that isn't enough horsepower to satisfy your needs (and on your budget), then might we suggest something that runs on nitromethane?


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