Amidst the chanting of auctioneers and the rumble of vintage machines at the Barrett Jackson auction in Scottsdale, Arizona, there was a big hiss in the Ford Performance booth. Today Shelby American took the wraps off a 750-horsepower, 10-second Mustang that celebrates 50 years of special machinery—the 2017 Shelby Super Snake.

Shelby will only create 500 50th Anniversary Super Snakes, which will start at $69,995 including the base car. If you already have a 2017 Mustang the package will set you back $36,795. (Photo Credit: Shelby American)

Shelby will only create 500 50th Anniversary Super Snakes, which will start at $69,995 including the base car. If you already have a 2017 Mustang the package will set you back $36,795. (Photo Credit: Shelby American)

The 2017 Super Snake is a tremendous performance value.—Vince LaViolette, Shelby

Only 500 of these supercharged ’Stangs are being sold worldwide, but these special snakes are actually more affordable than the previous models, as they start at $69,995 including the Mustang GT they are based on.

“The 2017 Super Snake is a tremendous performance value,” said Vince LaViolette, Shelby American Vice President of Operations. “We fine-tuned our processes and materials to offer an agile, nimble and balanced car at a lower cost. A turnkey Super Snake starting at $69,995, plus taxes and fees, has more base performance content than any other version in our history.”

Differentiating the Super Snake package are unique styling updates in the form of a hood, rockers, spoilers, splitters, grilles, fog lights, rear tail panel and rear diffuser assembly, which were all designed using computer-aided design to ensure OE-style fitment.

Differentiating the Super Snake package are unique styling updates in the form of a hood, rockers, spoilers, splitters, grilles, fog lights, rear tail panel and rear diffuser assembly, which were all designed using computer-aided design to ensure OE-style fitment.

Of course, that doesn’t mean that the latest Super Snake isn’t potent. As you’ll see in the specs sidebar, it is packed with upgrades from the likes of Borla, Ford Performance, Michelin, Wilwood and more.

The base Super Snake package is powered by a 670-horsepower Coyote 5.0-liter boosted by a Ford Performance TVS supercharger (left). If you want the option sheet to take your Snake up to 750 horsepower you can elect to add a Kenne Bell (not shown) or Whipple supercharger (right).

2017 Shelby Super Snake Specs

Suspension

• Exclusive Ford/Shelby spec dampers, sway bars, springs and bushings

• 20-inch forged aluminum wheels, black or polished

• Shelby-spec Michelin performance tires

Brakes

• Wilwood six-piston calipers on floating rotors (front) and four-piston calipers (rear)

• Shelby exclusive brake/bearing duct cooling system

Engine

• Supercharger

• Engine cap set

• Engine compartment plaque signed by the build team • will be affixed under the hood

Exterior

• Shelby Engineered body components: hood, grilles, rockers, rocker splitters, front splitter, rear spoiler, rear tail panel, rear diffuser and lower rear splitter

• Shelby Exclusive Integrated LED fog/marker/turn-signal lamp assemblies

• 50th anniversary badges and stripes

Interior

• Anniversary logos on the seats and floor mats

Special doorsill plates

• Gauge cluster with exclusive Shelby by Auto Meter wireless gauges

• Official Shelby Serial number on a dash plaque

Options

• 750-plus horsepower supercharger (choice of Whipple or Kenne Bell)

• Shelby extreme cooling package

• Ford Performance halfshafts

• One-piece driveshaft

• Ford Performance wheel studs

Performance

• Ford Performance halfshafts

• Shelby extreme cooling system

• One-piece driveshaft

• Short-throw shifter

• 3.73 gears

• Ford Performance wheel studs

• Shelby track tuned adjustable suspension

• Shelby coil covers

External

• Painted stripes

• Stripe delete (side stripe is mandatory)

Interior

• Shelby by Katzkin leather seat option upgrade

• Four-point roll bar (customer installs harnesses)

• Rear seat delete

• Convertible light bar

“When Carroll Shelby introduced the Super Snake version of the Ford Mustang in 1967, it earned universal respect for its astonishing capabilities,” said Joe Conway, Co-CEO of Carroll Shelby International and CEO of Shelby American. “When Shelby American reintroduced the Super Snake in 2007, the world was awed by the 600-plus-horsepower, street-legal muscle car. That tradition continues with our newest Shelby Super Snake, which is better in every way. Carroll’s bold spirit lives on through this amazing car.”

Part of the man’s spirit was about creating high-horsepower machines and the 50th anniversary Super Snake definitely delivers with a choice of two superchargers. The base Snake pumps out 670 ponies to the flywheel courtesy of Ford Performance’s 2.3-liter TVS supercharger, while an optional Kenne Bell or Whipple supercharger pushes its output to 750 horsepower.

“The 2017 Super Snake represents American muscle in the truest sense,” Vince added. “It delivers full-throttle excitement at every turn, all wrapped in a chiseled, handsome body. We designed every aspect of the car to be leaner and more functional than previous models. No other car offers so much performance and styling for the price.”

The performance is definitely impressive. Optioned with one of the bigger blowers, the 2017 Super Snake is said to run a 10.9-second quarter mile running on street tires and burning pump gas. It’s not just a straight-line machine, however. Shelby says it will also pull 1.2g on the skid pad.

The 50th Anniversary Super Snake is available in all the factory paint colors and each car earns a place in the official Shelby Registry. Better yet, they are also covered by the company’s limited three-year, 36,000-mile powertrain warranty.

If you are interested in owning one of these rare performers, you can learn more on the Shelby web site right here.

Inside the Super Snake is adorned with 50th Anniversary badging and stitching as well as a four-point roll bar, harness belts and a rear seat delete. Katzkin leather seating is optional.

Inside the Super Snake is adorned with 50th Anniversary badging and stitching. Options include a four-point roll bar, harness belts and a rear seat delete. Katzkin leather seating.

On the outside the 2017 Super Snake wears painted anniversary stripes and badges as well as 20-inch forged aluminum wheels, Michelin tires and Wilwood brakes.

The Super Snake’s unique rear valance frames a Borla cat-back exhaust.

The Super Snake’s unique rear valance frames a Borla cat-back exhaust.

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