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How the 2013 Shelby GT500 Super Snake Works

        Auto | Ford

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Enough with the pleasantries. Let's get down to business. The factory GT500 is nothing to scoff at. Any car that has more than 600 horses in the engine compartment is doing something right. But the Super Snake takes all that power and adds a little bit of its own flavor. Shelby offers the following [source: Shelby American]:

  • Six-speed manual transmission with 3.21:1 rear axle ratio and short throw shifter with optional 3.73:1
  • Upgraded suspension
  • Cooling package with a new radiator, heat exchange and aluminum cooling tracks
  • Borla exhaust system
  • Front brake cooling ducts
  • Fiberglass hood
  • Shelby/Wildwood brakes with 6-piston front and 4-piston rear calipers and crossed drilled rotors

But that's not all she wrote. Shelby also offers -- for the first time -- a wide-body package with 14-inch-wide rear tires. Just in case you missed it, that's 14 inches of rubber on the road -- per tire. You can get the full wide-body package or just opt for the rear-wheel version. The front and rear wide-body package will set you back $17,995, and the rear-only comes in at just $11,995 [source: Lingeman].

But that's not what you really wanted to know, is it? In addition to the Super Snake package and the optional wide-body package, Shelby is also offering a supercharged version that will boost those 662-horsepower engines up to 850-horsepower [source: Shelby American]. No joke. The street-legal 850-horsepower version comes with your choice of either a Whipple or Kenne Bell supercharger. And we thought the factory GT500 was amazing!