• Oct 30, 2007

Road & Track has given the Shelby Super Snake its very first thrashing, and the first impression is good. For $28,000 over the price of a GT500 KR (R&T's as-tested price was $70,670), you get 50 more horses, two tenths taken off the 0-60, three tenths off the quarter and half a G more on the skidpad. You also get a lot of Shelby parts, Shelby build quality, Baer 6-piston stoppers, some carbon fiber body panels, and a juggernaut of a car that's still under the manufacturer warranty.

How's it drive? The Pirellis on the car apparently can't handle the power as well as RT would have liked, but what tire could? And Shelby is working on a stickier tire anyway. Outside of that, the verdict is yes. The car rips, roars, and snorts with all appropriate aplomb and vitesse. Speaking of roaring, RT does mention that conversations at speed can be challenging because of gear whine that causes 80 dBA of cacophony at 70 MPH. But the car does come with a 500-watt sound system, which should make enough noise to cancel that out. As if you'd really want to. Click the link to get the rest of the story.

[Source: Road & Track]



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      • 7 Years Ago
      It's really a gorgeous muscle car, there's no two ways about it. And when Shelby buys the farm you can bet the value will skyrocket no matter how much you guys nitpick it.

      Would I buy one? Well, no.

      I would actually buy Saleen's Parnelli Jones edition Mustang. Probably the most comprehensive and cohesively engineered variant of the car put into production.
      • 7 Years Ago
      "Half a G more on the skidpad"

      I highly doubt that. I don't know the skidpad numbers on the base car off the top of my head but I'd guess it's on the order of 0.9G's... So you saying this car does 1.4G's on the skidpad? BS!
        • 7 Years Ago
        Well I went and read the R&T article and it states the stock GT-500 does 0.87G while the super snake does 0.93G. That's 6 hundredths of a G... not only does the author need some reading lessons, but some basic arithmetic couldn't hurt either.
        • 7 Years Ago
        I noticed this, too. I'm assuming it was half a tenth of 1 g (e.g. going from 0.90 to 0.95)...

      • 7 Years Ago
      It looks cool, but for $70,000, I would take a ZO6 vette. Under 12 in the 1/4 mile.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I keep forgetting that forums like this are filled with 19 yr old kids who compare a 911 and vette sportscar 2 seaters to this ponycar musclecar. Whatever kids. Have fun with it. Meanwhile, nothing on the road will get everyone looking at you faster than this car for the money. It will pin your ears back when called for as well. Sounds like a performance deal to me.
        • 7 Years Ago
        You want quick looks, buy an old P71 Crown Vic. That will get you looks quicker than that silly Shelby.
        • 7 Years Ago
        If that's all you're after, buy a chromey set of dubs and paint racing stripes on a Mustang GT. For $30K. Stares. Bob's your uncle.
      HotRodzNKustoms
      • 7 Years Ago
      For MSRP I might buy one, hell it would be highly likely I'd buy this or a normal GT500 but when the dealers are trying to get $160,000, yes my local dealership is starting the "bidding" at $160,000 (they did the same thing with all 3 of their Ford GTs bidding started at $300,000) for it I say no thanks.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I used to be a mustang FREAK. facts and figures at instant recall, the whole bit.

      The automotive world has progressed, and the Mustang hasn't.

      The mustang was fox bodied for more than 20 years. It was finally updated, but instead of the concept car, they went another direction.

      The car got both bigger, and heavier. just like the 70s. it got retro-styled. Just like the 60s.

      It went from an independent suspension on the concept, and a hacked-in version in the previous Cobra, back to a live axle, on ALL models, even these ultra-expensive ones.

      So, for the 21st century, we get a mid-20th century car. for more money, we get a bit more performance, classified as more engine power than the old school suspension can handle, and more than two tires can use.

      The weight, the chassis rigidity, and none of the rest are distinctly changed. AND the interior quality is uninspiring to say the least. for more and more money.

      Sorry, but the appeal of a musclecar idiom of more weight, more power, and less of everything else is very limited. Old musclecars that are currently on new drawing boards, namely the Challenger and Camaro are offering more, namely modern suspension, although the weight and quality issues are still up for grabs. The Corvette and Viper straddle that line, too.

      But for someone looking for real performance, without the baggage of looking for a visual and brand name icon are searching for other options. GT-R is the example as of late, the G35 is also not doing so badly, enough that Audi is coming back to the coupe market, and BMW is pushing their 3-series coupe technologically. There is always Porsche, as well.

      And a performance nut is going to get more satisfaction from a 2500-3400lb car with good horsepower than 3500-4400lb cars with more horsepower than is practical to use.

      Give me a good well balanced performance car that is lighter with good, but not overwhelming power, and superior handling, and I will be much happier than with a high dollar rolling icon to the "good-ol-days" that is harder to handle.

      Mustang could have been that car. It was nearly that once, sans the superior handling. (it was based on the falcon, afterall)
      In 1965.

      If they had built the 04 Mustang GT concept as a 2+2 coupe and convertible, moderately sized, moderate weight, IRS, and the V8 power it has... it would have been nice.

      And I think I am going to puke the next time I hear someone talk about live-axle suspension being just fine, because people race with it on the track. A table-smooth racetrack is more forgiving of a live-axle's vices than the real world of degrading and uneven roadways.

      A live axle rides like a truck, and for a reason. It is used on trucks. NVH and real-world handling suffers greatly from a live-axle on the street, and most modern race cars use IRS to great success on the track, as well. A quick study of suspension and wheel geometry makes it plain.

      I know. I have driven an S197 Mustang. Fine if you are just "stylin", but hardly a satisfying perfomer, in many ways. I don't see how spending more than $50k, for 600+ horsepower in such a limited chassis. Especially when far better can be had, even in the realm of slightly used performance cars for the same money.

      If you want the car to pick up women and "look cool" doing it, then admit it. That is fine. But calling it a huge performance value, especially these high-dollar versions, is not very accurate.
      • 7 Years Ago
      12.5@119 is about the slowest time I've seen for a 600hp car. Granted it weighs 2 tons but come one. Try decreasing weight to improve everything, acceleration, handling, braking. Why does everything have to be more more more.
        • 7 Years Ago
        In case you didn't already know, RT sucks at the 1/4 mile. Have a look at CD or MT, they are sometimes almost a 1/2 second faster. This is EASILY an 11s car.
      • 7 Years Ago
      What a useless automobile. 28K gets you .2 off the 0-60 and .3 off the 1/4. Not only is this POS killed by a ZO6 Corvette, it is killed by a regular Corvette. A stock Corvette runs to 60MPH in 4 seconds and gets through the quarter in 12.4 at 116MPH. Not to mention it pulls .96G on the skidpad. Why would anyone buy this Mustang? You can have a better car and STILL have 10K left over in cash.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Shelby build quality .... what a joke! Where did that come from? When was the last time they built anything
      • 7 Years Ago
      You're high. The S197 is an excellent platform. Shows what you know. The S197 stang stomps on 997s, M3s and 350z pretty regularly in road racing.
      • 7 Years Ago
      A stock Mustang GT weighs about 3400lbs. The GT-R is supposed to weigh 3800lbs. So what's your point exactly?

      Yeah, and you can buy three Mustang GTs for the price of one GT-R.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I bet this thing still gets owned on a racetrack by a 3 year old base Porsche 911.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Wrrrrong. Its exactly as fast round a road course as a AWD 997 Turbo @ VIR.
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