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2010 Shelby GT500 Super Snake - Click above for high-res image gallery

Shelby has no qualms about constantly upping the horsepower of its range-topping Ford GT500 Super Snake. When first introduced in 2008, the base Super Snake had a mere 605 ponies under the hood with an option for up to 725. That number increased to 750 for 2010, and now for the 2012 model year, Shelby is set to unveil the latest Super Snake with up to 800 tire-shredding horsepower on tap from its 5.4-liter supercharged V8.

Like previous Super Snake models, the latest version will come with a host of other upgrades including a sport suspension system, Baer six-piston brakes, Borla exhaust system, Alcoa 20-inch wheels, fiberglass hood and more.

We'll get our first look at the 2012 Shelby GT500 Super Snake when it debuts at the New York Auto Show later this month, but until then, you can read more details about the car in the press release after the jump or check out the outgoing car in our gallery below.

[Source: Shelby]
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LAS VEGAS– April 6, 2011 – Shelby American Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Carroll Shelby International Inc. (CSBI:PK) 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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    • 1 Second Ago
      Kameron Sayle
      • 3 Years Ago
      I like the comment about a rainy day driving this car... Funny thing is with that amount of horses, You dont need rain.... Ford all the way :D
      • 4 Years Ago
      800 hp?
      My god...
      • 3 Years Ago
      Wow, its nice but hardly up to Hennessy camaro standards HAHAHA !
      • 3 Years Ago
      Asian cars have no soul.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Rumor has it that the SFE package clocks in at a scant 725 ponies...
        • 4 Years Ago
        They should have a "Burnout Package" with low rolling-resistance tires.
      • 4 Years Ago
      800hp + live rear axle..............equals..........hmm.......terrifying experiene
        • 4 Years Ago
        Its comments like this that always make me wonder if the original poster has ever driven a new mustang with 800+ horsepower, or really anything with 800 horsepower with a live axle to form this opinion, or if it is just a case of "I read it must be bad on the internet, so it must be true" kind of response.
        • 4 Years Ago
        So terrifying that the SRA Mustang out handled both the IRS equipped Camaro and Challenger.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The King Cobra of cars.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'm not buying it til it has at least 805hp.

        • 4 Years Ago

        You never fail to live up to your name.

        If the SRA is so inferior, why not criticize the Camaro for some of its short-comings, like the fact that it got out juked by the Mustang, despite its "archaic" rear suspension? How about its curb weight?

        Don't get me wrong, I love both cars, but I have to give credit where it is due.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The SuperSnake corners at 1.2g. That's better than a Ferrari. I don't care what components they use, all I care about are the results.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @GM Fanboi,

        With all these men and women in the world, two of them were stupid enough to conceive you.

        • 4 Years Ago
        All the power in the world cannot fix the SRA
        • 4 Years Ago
        yet again, another impractical car, eh LUST? it never ends with Ford.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I think the problem with a SRA design is more that on real-world roads you get a lot more variable performance than with an independent design. Like, you might be able to pull great numbers on a test track with perfectly flat tarmac but on a regular curvy country backroad you might be hitting random bumps and dips all over the place and that's likely to hurt the SRA more than an independent design.
        I love the Mustang anyways though.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I want that. So bad.

      How long til they start using the 6.2L though?
        • 4 Years Ago
        not going to happen...too heavy on the front end, but I wouldnt be surprized at a Twin Turboed Direct injected version of Fords SUPERB 5.0 engine to introduce itself....does a stock 700hp sound good enough in a lighter unit sound appealing?....
      • 4 Years Ago
      I think I'm in love!!
      • 4 Years Ago
      "I'm giving her all she's got, Captain!"
      "All she's got isn't good enough!"
        • 4 Years Ago
        Shoot! I need diaper every time I read an article in regards to the Super Snake.
        • 4 Years Ago
        If only she could put all that power down to the ground -- how are tires not part of this upgrade package?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Road course? Methinks you need a Boss, this car is not made for curves.
        • 4 Years Ago
        You beat me to it. If the prior snake couldn't hook up for decent 0-60 times, what is 800hp going to do to the rear meats?

        I'm really getting tired of seeing american muscle cars that can't put their power to the ground which in turn makes them difficult to handle on a road course. The only car worth it's cred is the Corvette. The rest of these overpowered trailer queens need a reality check.
      • 4 Years Ago
      if it comes with at least 325 wide tires at the back I ll buy it. If only I had the money.
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