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Love at First Bite: 2010 Shelby GT500 Super Snake

Just in time for this week's 35th Mid-America Ford and Team Shelby Nationals in Tulsa, Oklahoma, the performance gurus at Shelby Automobiles took the wraps off of their latest batch of go-fast enhancements for the 2010 Ford Mustang. Heading the list is a high-venom Super Snake package for the top-line GT500. Based on a GT500 Coupe, the Shelby staff replaces the standard supercharger with a more potent Shelby/Ford Racing Whipple charger that raises output of its 5.4-liter V8 from 540 horsepower to a tarmac-melting 725 ponies. Shelby Automobiles also plans to offer this limited-production stormer in a slightly less intense 630-horse variant. Both versions include a custom cold-air intake, larger intercooler and radiator, JBA or Borla cat-back exhaust systems, short-throw shift linkage and a 3:73:1 differential ratio.

In addition to their unique Shelby-styled bodywork bits and interior trim items, these new Super Snakes boast equally impressive chassis upgrades courtesy of Shelby/Ford Racing. Highlighting the mix are adjustable shocks, stiffer springs/anti-roll bars, a front strut tower brace and bigger Shelby/Baer six-piston front brakes and rear rotors. The finishing touch is a set of 20-inch Shelby/Alcoa Super Snake wheels wrapped in sticky Pirelli P-Zero tires. Super Snake conversions will be available direct from the Shelby Automobiles headquarters in Las Vegas, Nevada, or from any Shelby-authorized installer starting in August. Pricing opens at $29,495 for the 630-horsepower version and $33,495 for the 725-horse model, although Shelby has a selection of performance and cosmetic options for both. More information on the Super Snake as well as other new Shelby Automobiles packages for the 2010 and previous-generation Mustang can be found at www.shelbyautos.com.

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