Sam Philip29 June 2009

Shelby shows off 725bhp Super Snake

Longtime Ford tuner reveals hottest-ever Mustang

If you thought that 700bhp tuned Mustang we showed you last week was a bit, well... un-muscular, here's the new Super Snake from longtime Ford tuners Shelby.

Based on the Mustang GT500, the Super Snake puts out 725bhp from a supercharged version of Ford's 5.4-litre V8, and it looks properly mean: check out those rear quarter window scoops - no idea where they're drawing air into, but don't let that sort of thing worry you - the huge bonnet scoop and the carbon fibre splitter.

It's not just visual tweakery, however: the Super Snake gets Ford Racing suspension with adjustable dampers and stiffer springs, and huge 20-inch wheels supporting sticky Pirelli tyres.

It'll cost our lucky American cousins around $34,000, plus a donor GT500. If 725bhp sounds a bit meaty for you, Shelby also offers a range of more modest upgrades for the more modest Mustangs in the range.

Shelby has been tuning Mustangs since way back in 1965, but the Shelby Mustang nameplate died out in 1970, only to be revived in 2007.

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