June 25, 2017

Shelby lets loose a pair of supercharged Super Snakes

19 May 2017, 09:18 | Ross Houston

Shelby American Unveils F-150 Super Snake Street Truck

2017 Ford Shelby F-150 Super Snake

You would be forgiven for at first mistaking it for a normal Super Snake, as the spoilers, diffuser, and side skirts are very similar, but the fenders have been significantly pushed out, and the correspondingly wide wheels fitted underneath.

Inside the customization is more subtle: Additions include Super Snake embroidered into both front head restraints, a large snake badge plopped onto the center storage bin, a dash plaque with the serial number and floormats with logos.

The wide body Shelby Super Snake was designed and built at Shelby American's facility in Las Vegas. Bear in mind that Shelby will only install the super charger on a post title sale, but it does offer a three-year/36,000-mile warranty.

Shelby modified a 5.0-liter V-8 from Ford, adding a supercharger and numerous other enhancements to bump output to more than 750 horsepower.

Meanwhile, if sir would like his freedom in a more practical package, there's also a new F-150 Super Snake, revealed by Shelby at the same time as the widebody kit.

Arguably of more importance than the improved straight line and braking performance are the chassis changes.

2017 Ford Shelby F-150 Super Snake
Shelby's widebody Mustang is a concept, but its Super Snake F-150 is production bound

"It was created to give drivers a serious competitive edge on the road course", said Shelby American President Gary Patterson in a statement Thursday, when the vehicle was shown off to the media at Carroll Shelby International in southern California. For better street performance, the F-150 Super Snake rides on a lowered, Shelby-customized suspension and 22-inch chrome retro wheels wrapped in 305/45/22 Toyo Proxes ST II tires.

While the wide body Super Snake is still officially just a concept, the pickup is for sale now, marking what Shelby calls "the return of the Shelby muscle truck". The Shelby GT350 and GT350R come close to matching the performance of German legends like the BMW M3 and Porsche 911, and the upcoming GT500 will nearly certainly push the 'Stang into the outer limits of genuine supercar territory.

"This is simply an unbelievable truck to drive", said LaViolette.

Though Shelby already offers a Super Snake version of the current Mustang, the company clearly wanted more. "From Detroit to Dubai and Dusseldorf, this is the ultimate expression of a high performance truck available through a dealer".

Just 150 examples of the F-150 Super Snake will be built, with a starting price of US$96,880.

The concept auto will also be unveiled to the public at the 5 Annual Carroll Shelby Tribute and vehicle Show on May 20, 2017, in the same location where it was introduced to the media.

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