Shelby celebrates the Super Snake’s 50th year with a 750-horsepower Mustang GT

Shelby built the first Ford Mustang-based Super Snake 50 years ago. The renown tuner from Las Vegas is celebrating the occasion by launching a limited-edition model appropriately named 50th Anniversary Super Snake.

The Super Snake started life as a regular-production, V8-powered Ford Mustang GT. Working closely with Ford Performance, Shelby managed to crank the engine’s output up to 670 horsepower, a generous 235-horse increase over the stock GT. Buyers can choose between a manual and an automatic transmission.

If that’s not enough grunt, Shelby offers an optional upgrade package that brings a bigger supercharger that bumps the eight-cylinder’s output up to 750 horsepower. The bundle also includes an extreme cooling package, Ford Performance half-shafts, and one-piece driveshaft. Properly equipped, the commemorative Super Snake hits 60 mph from a stop in 3.5 seconds, and it performs the quarter-mile sprint in 10.9 seconds.

The Shelby treatment isn’t limited to the engine bay. Visually, the Super Snake receives a specific front bumper with air ducts and a splitter, a new grille with mesh inserts, a revised hood, a Shelby-designed spoiler on the trunk lid, and an air diffuser integrated into the rear bumper. The coupe is available in all Ford factory colors.

The interior is kitted out with anniversary logos on the seats and floor mats, special door sill plates, and a new-look instrument cluster with Autometer wireless gauges. A metal plaque on the dash engraved with the car’s serial number reminds passengers that they’re not riding in a run-of-the-mill ‘Stang.

Shelby will build just 500 examples of the 50th Anniversary Super Snake. Pricing starts at $69,995, a figure that includes the cost of the donor vehicle but not the miscellaneous taxes and fees. The list of options includes the aforementioned 750-hp upgrade package, a short-throw shifter, racing stripes, Katzkin leather upholstery, and a four-point roll bar.

Product Review

'New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe' is 2D platforming wizardry

New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe is the latest Wii U game to come back from the dead on Switch. And wow, it’s much better than we remembered.

2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 is ready to strike with over 700 hp

The 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 revives one of the greatest names in American muscle cars, and gives Ford some ammunition in the horsepower war with Chevy and Dodge. Debuting at the 2019 Detroit Auto Show, the GT500 boasts over 700 hp.

Self-driving, electric, and connected, the cars of CES 2019 hint at the future

Car companies remained surprisingly quiet during CES 2018. But they spoke up in 2019. From electric hatchbacks you can buy in 2019 to super-futuristic mood-detecting technology, here are the major announcements we covered during the event.

Among hundreds of choices, these are the best 25 SNES games of all time

The Super Nintendo Entertainment System might be the greatest game console ever made, but what are the best titles for the system? Here are our picks for the best SNES games.

With 341 horsepower, the WRX STI S209 is the most powerful Subaru ever

The Subaru WRX STI S209 is the latest in a series of special editions that have never been sold in the United States before. The 341-horsepower pocket rocket debuts at the 2019 Detroit Auto Show.

China’s GAC Motor cruises into Detroit with all-electric Entranze concept

Chinese automaker GAC Motor brought its all-electric Entranze concept to the 2019 Detroit Auto Show. This is the third straight year that GAC has appeared in Detroit, and the company has established a design center in California.

2020 Ford Explorer branches out with sporty ST, efficiency-focused hybrid models

The 2020 Ford Explorer gets two variants never before seen on Ford's stalwart family hauler. The ST focuses on performance, while the hybrid aims for decent gas mileage. Both models will debut at the 2019 Detroit Auto Show.

Some of Volkswagen’s electric models will wear a ‘Made in the USA’ label

Confirming earlier rumors, Volkswagen has announced it will build electric cars in its Chattanooga, Tennessee, factory. The facility currently produces the Passat and the Atlas. Production will start in 2023, Digital Trends can reveal.

Infiniti previews its leap into one of the hottest industry segments

Infiniti will unveil the QX Inspiration concept at the 2019 Detroit Auto Show. The design study is an electric crossover shaped by Infiniti's newest design language that may point to a future production model.

Hyundai’s Veloster N hot hatchback will prove its mettle on the track

The Hyundai Veloster N will go racing to prove the credibility of Hyundai's new N performance division. Unveiled at the 2019 Detroit Auto Show, the Veloster N race car will compete in a class with other small cars.

Nissan IMs concept teases a future long-range, autonomous electric car

Debuting at the 2019 Detroit Auto Show, the Nissan IMs is an electric car with a 380-mile range, autonomous-driving capability, and a backseat designed for being chauffeured. Too bad it's just a concept car.

The 2020 Lexus RC F goes on a diet to run faster and hit harder

The Lexus RC F has been one of the heavier cars in its competitive set since its introduction. The Japanese firm's engineers set out to shed weight as they gave the model a mid-cycle update.

Lexus LC convertible concept teases a new open-air flagship

Debuting at the 2019 Detroit Auto Show, the Lexus LC convertible concept adds open-air motoring to the sleek LC's resume. But Lexus won't commit to a production version of the car just yet.

Fast and Furious fans get revved up: Toyota’s Supra sports car is back

The 2020 Toyota Supra made its long-awaited debut at the 2019 Detroit Auto Show. The resurrected sports car, famous for a role in The Fast and the Furious, goes on sale in the U.S. this summer.