I recently got a chance to drive the 2013 Shelby GT500 Super Snake, and as it has been a while since I was behind the wheel of a late-model Mustang, I was interested to see if anything has changed in the last three years or so. As far as the Super Snake is concerned, there's one big change for sure.
The 2013 Shelby GT500 as delivered from Ford is about the most ferocious Mustang to come from the Blue Oval. Chock full of features like cockpit-adjustable shocks and power steering, as well as a launch control, the car is technically the most advanced Mustang ever as well.
Shelby American with its Super Snake package somehow managed to improve the breed with a plethora of upgrades in its $28,995 performance package. What they dropped off at our office was the $39,995 performance package that bumped up the horsepower from the stock 662 to a massive 850 hp. On our in-house dyno, the Super Snake drummed out 775 horsepower at the rear wheels.
Opening the hood revealed a massive, polished Kenne Bell supercharger and an equally huge, polished cold air induction tube. With great color paint, Shelby-spec striping, and very nice custom wheels, the Super Snake looks the part, but what is astounding (And what clearly accounts for the big change) is the ridiculous amount of power available at your right foot. It sends the road critters running for cover, the police reaching for their radar guns, and the tires into a warp-speed spin, all at nothing more than half throttle! When you hear the Kenne Bell blower start to whine, hold on because the boost hits hard.
You have to be in Third gear before you can really lean on the throttle with any vigor, and when you do, you can watch the tach needle sweep faster than Pete Sampras’ serve. Of course, you have to keep your eyes on the road while this is happening as the speedometer is sweeping just as fast—it takes mere seconds to get to "haul your butt to jail" speeds.
As impressive as the power and overall performance is with the Super Snake, the big question that people will be asking is whether or not it is worth the money. With the base GT500 coming in at around $54,995 plus the $39,995 Shelby package, is a $90,000+ Mustang a good value? It probably depends on how much of a Mustang fan you are, and how much of a dent it will create in your pocket book.