REMEMBER the 2009 Shelby F-150 Super Snake concept? Well, the performance vehicle experts have again injected the Ford F-150 with a shot of venom.
Utilising the already-capable F-150 as a base, Shelby has sharpened the handling of the truck’s independent suspension, making the all-new Super Snake a capable road (read: not off-road) warrior.
Ford’s supercharged 5.0-litre V8 donk powers the road-focused serpent and generates more than 750 stonking horses (approx. 560kW). Other performance features include an oversized carbon-fibre air-intake tube, an aluminium heat exchanger, an upgraded billet throttlebody, upgraded injectors and spark plugs, a Shelby-tuned Borla performance exhaust, and a dual intake ‘ram air’ Shelby Super Snake hood.
“With the tremendous demand for our off-road focused Shelby F-150, fans of the classic Ford Lightning and our 2009 Shelby F-150 Super Snake have clamoured for a new generation muscle truck from Shelby,” said Joe Conway co-CEO of Carroll Shelby International and CEO of Shelby American. “Working closely with Ford Motor Company, Tuscany and other partners, we’re going to offer a limited run of super trucks designed specifically for street duty.”
Aesthetically, the Super Snake wears a new hood, rockers, spoilers, grilles, rear bumper panel and tonneau cover. Thematic stripes and badges adorn the panel work, and this continues throughout the interior seats, dash and floor.
“The Shelby Super Snake badge carries tremendous prestige because every vehicle that wears it represents the pinnacle of performance,” said Gary Patterson, Shelby American President. “Our new Shelby F-150 Super Snake is certainly worthy of the name. From the sharp handling suspension to the thundering 750 horses and pure American styling, it’s a remarkable vehicle. One of our goals was to offer the truck in limited numbers to preserve exclusivity and potential collectability.”
Exclusivity indicates getting one in Australia might be near-on impossible, but it will be available in two- and four-wheel drive with an MSRP of US$96,880 (approx. AU$130K).