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2017 Shelby 50th Anniversary Super Snake Unveiled


Marking a half-century of building high performance Ford Mustangs, Shelby American has unveiled the 50th Anniversary Super Snake. Based on a 2017 Mustang GT, the latest iteration carries on the tradition of matching distinctive style with impressive performance. Working with the in-house team at Ford Performance, Shelby American crafted a street-legal package that offers up to 750 horsepower, can hit 60 mph in 3.5 seconds and pull 1.2g on the skidpad. Production of the 50th Anniversary cars will be limited to 500 units, all upfitted at the Shelby American facility in Las Vegas. Each will carry a Shelby serial number that’s documented in the official Shelby registry as well as an underhood plaque signed by that specific vehicle’s build group. 

As always, the latest Super Snake features a full Shelby engineered body kit that includes the hood, grille, front splitter and side sills along with a rear spoiler, tail panel, diffuser and lower splitter. The car also has unique integrated LED fog/marker/turn-signal lamps set off with 20-inch black or polished forged alloy wheels and various 50th Anniversary logos. The cabin boasts custom gauges, door sill plates, more Anniversary logos on the seats and floor mats plus a dash plaque with the car’s serial number. 

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Poised to strike hard

The Shelby 50th Anniversary Super Snake can be had in two levels of potency, both featuring a force-fed version of the Mustang GT’s 5.0-liter V8. The standard configuration uses a Ford Performance supercharger and makes 670 horsepower while the optional version that cranks out 750-plus ponies is fitted with a larger Whipple or Kenne Bell blower. Either engine can be backed by a 6-speed manual or 6-speed automatic. The Super Snake also includes a custom suspension with Ford/Shelby-spec springs, shocks, anti-roll bars and bushings as well as Shelby-spec performance tires. Wilwood provides the car’s upgraded braking system with 6-piston front/4-piston rear calipers employs a Shelby-designed duct cooling system.

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Key options for the 50th Anniversary Super Snake include a Shelby track-tuned adjustable suspension, Ford Performance halfshafts and wheel studs, a one-piece driveshaft, short-throw shifter and a 3.73:1 axle ratio. Other upgrades available are a Shelby extreme cooling system, Katzkin leather upholstery, rear-seat delete and a 4-point roll bar. Pricing for the standard Shelby 50th Anniversary Super Snake starts at $36,795 plus the cost of the Mustang GT, which brings the basic tab to $69,995. All cars are covered by Shelby’s limited 3-year/36,000-mile limited powertrain warranty.

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