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Shelby Has A Recipe To Beat The Hellcat, But It Will Cost You

Hold your horses everyone! Before we go OOOHHH and AAAHHHing over pictures of the 2018 Ford Mustang, let’s not forget that the existing Ford Mustang still looks amazing and performs spectacularly. The 2015-2017 model year Ford Mustang will become even better when it receives the Shelby’s Super Snake treatment. So before you stash your money away for the next face-lifted ‘Stang, the best time to buy one is probably now. And when you give the snakebite treatment to your 2017 model year you’ll also be getting the 50th Anniversary Edition badging. Isn’t that special?

According to the Shelby brochure, the Shelby Super Snake package start at $36,795. That price is sans 2015-2017 Mustang 5.0 of course. With that price of admission you’ll boost the 5.0’s power to 670 horsepower via Ford Performance Supercharger and exhaust. Meanwhile, handling will be improved via a track handling package and upgraded Wilwood brake system.

If you want to go to a Hellcat-beating level of performance you can option for the 750 horsepower version. A Whipple or Kenne-Bell supercharger subs in for forced induction duties, while transmission cooling features are added in to handle the extra load capability.

On pump gasoline and performance spec tires, a properly optioned Super Snake can go from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.5 seconds, blaze through the quarter mile in only 10.9 seconds and deliver an amazing 1.2g on the skid pad.

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With the 670 horsepower version of the Super Snake, you’re just one Alexander Hamilton short of $70,000. This means the incredible Shelby GT350R would be kinder to your wallet (ignoring dealer markups) as that starts at just a little over $62,000, while the vanilla GT350 is even cheaper at $55,000. Granted you only get 526 horses instead of the Super Snake’s 670 or 750, but the Voodoo flat-plane crank V8 and 8,250 RPM redline is such a delightful engine.

If neither of those options tickle your fancy, there’s always the Hellcat option…


(Photo Source: Shelby)

Written by Hansen

The engineer amongst the crew, Hansen once built a mini baja car with his bare hands. Hansen had the opportunity to join Honda’s R&D team in Ohio but chose the life of the east coast and the defense industry instead. A die hard auto enthusiast he religiously follows the auto industry and loves long walks in the auto shows.

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