Shelby American reported that the 850-hp 2013 Shelby GT500 Super Snake produced a series of 10-second quarter-mile runs at an excess of 135 mph at Bradenton Motorsports Park in Bradenton, Fla.
“The 2013 Super Snake is one of the most amazing Mustangs we’ve driven and is the fastest and most responsive Mustang we’ve tested to date. It makes every bit of the advertised 850 hp, and we put it to the test on the track,” noted the anonymous independent test driver of the Super Snake. “It produced a series of mid-10-second runs at over 135 mph, which is staggering performance for a 50-state-legal, emissions-compliant vehicle. Our best run clocked 10.66 seconds at 137 mph with Nitto NT555R street tires.”
The 2013 Shelby GT500 boasts 662 hp right off the line, but the Ford Racing Whipple or optional Kenne Bell supercharger upgrade from Shelby American takes the Super Snake to the next level. Only 500 of the cars will be built at the Shelby American factory in Las Vegas, the company noted.
“The 2013 Super Snake’s impressive quarter-mile test numbers, using pump gas and street tires, ranks it among the fastest production cars available,” said John Luft, president of Shelby American. “But it’s more than just raw power and ridged track performance. Owners can drive this car every day with its docile and comfortable ride in normal traffic situations.”
The independent tester added that, “with a drag race setup, the Super Snake would likely produce quarter-mile runs in the 9-second range, yet it maintains all the comfort and features of any new Shelby. Even the Launch Control worked flawlessly. Clutch actuation is smooth and precise and the suspension provides enhanced performance without sacrificing ride quality.”