Mustang lovers will find much to like about the 2012 Ford Shelby GT500 Super Snake which makes its formal debut in New York. Created by Shelby American Inc, this elite "post title" package for the 2012 Mustang GT500 teams even more horsepower in standard form with its existing mega-roster of functional and cosmetic enhancements while remaining 50-state emissions legal.
The big news here is that the 630-horsepower "entry-level" Super Snake variant has departed for 2012 and that pony count of the car's 5.4-liter supercharged Ford V8 will now start at last-year's 750+ step-up figure -- ably supported by 590 lb-ft of peak torque. Shelby also will continue to offer an even more potent 800-horse version of the Super Snake for those enthusiasts who simply must have the most. This ultra version also is capable of operating on pump gasoline and will start under $100,000, including the new 2012 Ford Shelby GT500 donor vehicle.
A collaborative effort between Shelby American and Ford Racing, the 2012 GT500 Super Snake features a full range of mechanical upgrades to support its extra muscle. As before, in addition to a six-speed manual transmission, short-throw shifter kit and 3:73:1 performance axle ratio, the car comes with Ford Racing handling package and offers a Shelby/Eibach suspension option. Other highlights include massive Shelby/Baer brakes, front brake cooling ducts, Shelby/Alcoa 20-inch alloy wheels, a unique fiberglass hood, Borla exhaust system and various Super Snake cosmetic touches. Inside, Shelby logos abound and each car carries an individual Shelby CSM ID badge. The first of these new 2012 Ford Shelby GT500 Super Snakes will be available in limited quantity starting May 1.
"Shelby American has a rich history at the New York International Auto Show," said John Luft, president of Shelby American Inc. "The very first Shelby car was introduced there in 1962, as well as the 1968 and 2008 Shelby GT500KR and the 2006 Shelby Hertz GT-H. This year, we're returning with one of the most powerful and important Shelbys ever built." In keeping with that tradition, Shelby American also is displaying its limited edition 2012 Shelby GT350 coupe and convertible models in the Big Apple -- and promises at least one more surprise at its press conference.