A few months back we reported that Ford and Shelby would once again team up and build an ultra performance model of the new 2017 Ford Mustang. It would carry the iconic “Super Snake” moniker that Carrol Shelby himself made popular back in 1967. Now there are rumors going around that the new Super Snake Mustang will get a widebody kit and it won’t be purely cosmetic either. It will actually increase the overall performance of the wicked pony car. And that’s not the only rumor; recent reports indicate that Shelby could also be working its magic on the new F-150 pickup trucks and calling those a Super Snake as well.
We know the Mustang will have a supercharged version of the Coyote 5.0L V8 under the hood that will be churning out more than 750hp, obviously no slouch. But with the help of this new widebody kit and all it entails, the handling performance could be significantly upgraded as well. Apparently underneath the wide fenders is also a wider track- of as much as 4 inches in the rear and 2.5 inches up front. That combined with some super-sticky Michelin Pilot Sport Cup tires should drastically improve the cars cornering ability as well as improving the overall aesthetics of the car. Technically what you’re seeing here is just a “concept,” but Shelby plans on revealing the actual car this coming weekend at the 5th Annual Carrol Shelby Tribute Car Show. You can check out the brochure for the wide body super snake here, or on the Shelby website.
As far as the F-150 goes, this wouldn’t be the first time that Shelby has placed their name on an F-150. However, it would be the first time that the F-150 would get the “Super Snake” treatment. Details are still limited, but what we do know is that the F-150 Super Snake would get the same supercharged 5.0L V8 churning out 750hp as the widebody Stang. That’s a ton of power for a pickup and in order to handle the power, Shelby tuned the suspension so that it was better suited for the corners. Even though it might be stating the obvious, the Super Snake F-150 is a street truck. No off-roading in this baby. As a matter of fact – if I’m understanding it right – basically everything off-road related has been removed entirely. Although you will have the option for a 4×4 or 4×2, but that’s going to be for snowy conditions or other times the roads are slick. Keyword being “Road.” This however won’t stop the most angry of gen-1 Raptor owners from tearing the suspension off it and replacing with it a long-travel setup so they can get their V8 off-road fix.
In true Shelby fashion, the overall aesthetics of the truck have been flared or bedazzled in one way or another. And it worked too. There’s no way that anyone will confuse it for a standard F-150 and it absolutely looks more aggressive that’s for sure. But then again how often do you see trucks like this with a full body kit, and ram air hood. Not to mention the iconic “racing stripes” with Shelby and snake emblems all over the place. But it’s those details that Shelby fans are and are willing to pay extra to have. It also helps to have 750hp on tap. If you’re interested in the full build sheet you can check out the brochure here.