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Video: 2011 Shelby Super Snake vs Shelby 427 Cobra

By - February 3, 2011 – 6:12 pmNo Comment | 728 views

Shelby GT500 Super Snake vs Shelby 427 Cobra

In its day the Shelby 427 Cobra was the fastest, meanest car you could buy. With a huge V8 stuffed in the front of a lightweight AC chassis, the 427 Cobra had no match both on the street and on the track. Fast forward to today and Shelby is still producing some of the world’s fastest cars. The 2011 Shelby GT500 Super Snake is packing 750 horsepower thanks to its supercharged 5.4-liter V8. So which one is faster? Hot Rod magazine was wondering that same question, and decided to put the two cars in a head-to-head match at the road course and drag strip at Las Vegas Speedway to find out.

While the Super Snake has a huge advantage in horsepower and has more modern suspension and braking systems, the 427 Cobra won out on the road course by more than half a second thanks to its much lighter weight (2,460 lbs vs 3,950 lbs). It was a different story on the 1/4 mile drag strip, though, where the Super Snake’s superior horsepower put it ahead of the Cobra by nearly two seconds.

You can watch Hot Rod test the two Shelbys in the video below, and check out the May issue of the magazine to read the entire story.


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