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Shelby to unveil 800 horsepower 2012 GT500 Super Snake at New York Auto Show

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2012 Shelby GT500 Super Snake

Shelby will unveil its new Super Snake post title package for the 2012 Ford Shelby GT500 at the New York International Auto Show.  With 800 horsepower, the Shelby GT500 Super Snake will be the most powerful American muscle car introduced at the show.  In addition to the Super Snake, Shelby American will also display the limited edition 2012 Shelby GT350 coupe and convertible.

“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.”

Born on the drag strip and road course of Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Shelby American and its partner Ford Racing, created an aggressive suspension and engine package that turns the Ford Shelby GT500 into a world class supercar.  Even more power is available for the 2012 model year.  There will be a limited production of Super Snakes available to customers starting May 1, 2011.

“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 Shelby GT350 coupe and convertible will also be exhibited at the Shelby American booth, #1325, during the New York Auto Show.  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.

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  • Enzo says:

    they really need to focus on the handling instead of just adding insane amount of horsepower and no way of putting the horsepower to the ground.with all the testing motor trend and the other magazines did they should have learn about now.

  • Azrael says:

    I agree with Enzo, i had a 2004 mustang gt and i know compared to the monster that is the topic of discussion today there is no comparison. The problem i see is that these Shelby mustangs are the finest mustang’s ever built to current date, and i don’t see why these monsters cant beat a corvette Z06 or even the Nissan GT-R. If the problem consist only in the weight and in the handling then we need to lose some of the horsepower, drop a little weight and improve braking and handling. Then Ford and Shelby can collaborate on how to over take the super car genre by reigning pure supreme. I know they can do it i am pretty sure it would be cost efficient.

  • anthony jameson says:

    They finally build this incredible monster. Its for true mustang lovers of all the world but I’ve been studying this car in and out and what puzzles me is…it produces so much power that even modern super cars don’t have yet it has the same speedometer as the same gt500. is that the fastest its allowed to go? I mean seriously look at the speed read meter people and fans. That’s really an upset. Carrol shelby didn’t think this one through. Thanks

  • Alberto says:

    I spoke with Ken at Shelby America and he says they have a carbon fibre hood, trunk and deck lids, spoiler, roof panel.. All carbon to drop weight. Also, this car with the KB blower option will have 3 tunes. Sport, Race, Touring tunes. From 800 hp at the flywheel to 700 hp. Also, with the cam differencial system. They can tune the cams opposite of each other so you can have a huge lopey sound and better cam response like a true muscle car. Trust me, This car has the potential to be a real monster for under 100K. Its about F-ing time Ford, Shelby…..I love it…..

  • Geoff says:

    Wow…finally…a reason to trade the z06.

  • stuart says:

    Ford needs help Nissan’s are faster handle better and cost less how about a ru muscle car t
    That the average joe can afford. Lose the fancy BS and give us a pure American made caru

  • Isaac says:

    If you ask me i think this monster is perfec nuff said. Great job shelby

  • Kelsey says:

    ummmm,”stuart”?? why would you compare Ford to Nissan? Ford has way more expirience theyre a multi-national company. i dont think they care. and they build pretty much the best muscle cars ever.

  • eduardo says:

    they need to wory on traction.it has alot of horepower but not enought traction.

  • jayG says:

    Everone here makes such amazing and valuable points, and all towards the better improvement of this Ford and Shelby collaboration. I met a client today who spoke about going to see an original limited edition Shelby Cobra. It got me thinking a whole lot after that: why just the Cobra and not the Mustang. Down here in South Africa, a GT500 -latest- costs about $200k. It is insane. Why it costs that is beyond me. Its so rare that I’ve only seen one. I’m one of the biggest Mustang fans around, but never would I buy it at that price…unless, the handling, brakes, drivetrain etc, improved so much to the point whereby it gave the r35 gtr, the z06 a run for their money, I wouldn’t even think twice. Shelby and Ford are amazing companies. Keep up the great work guys.
    Always a fan, always will be.

  • RaheelS says:

    Unfortunately i never got a chance to see a Mustang in reality…. but i love this car to the core…. i wish they launch such machines in India… even if they do i wont be able buy one but atleast i’ll get to see one :-)… man i love this car… Great job Ford and Shelby…. and Kelsey very true… you cant compare ford to anything.

  • Devon Teel says:

    Everybody is whining because Ford comes out with a vehicle that will out-horse and out-perform any Chevrolet or Dodge vehicle. And this GT500 isn’t made of carbon fiber. It’s muscle. And another point, Ford is made without American tax dollars, take that Chevrolet lovers. :)

  • a.n.onimous says:

    …only 800 brake?stuff that,i’d make it a round 1000,then you could really say it’s up there with Bugatti Veyron’s.

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