Prices start at $49,999 for a 650+-hp version and $54,999 for the more powerful model. But those prices don't include the cost of a 2015 Mustang GT, which starts at $33,200, including a $900 destination fee.
Founded by automotive legend Carroll Shelby, Shelby American builds a variety of performance vehicles, including authentic Cobra sports cars, Shelby Raptor muscle trucks and the Mustang-based Shelby GT and Shelby 1000.
According to Shelby American, the Super Snake name "is reserved for the most sought after and extreme modification of the Ford Mustang GT," and only 300 will be built this year.
First introduced in 2007, the Super Snake caused a sensation with its 605-hp V8 and other performance modifications. Priced then at $27,995, not including the Mustang GT starting point, the cost for collectible examples can now reach into six figures.
The latest incarnation of the Super Snake should prove at least as successful, starting off with a standard 650+-hp supercharged 5.0-liter V8, Ford Performance exhaust and handling packages, Weld Racing 20-inch forged wheels, Shelby Wilwood six-piston brakes, carbon fiber body components and Super Snake stripes and badges.
An optional more powerful supercharger ramps up horsepower to better than 750, while upgraded differential and transmission coolers help keep things under control and high-performance rear brakes and cooling ducts bring the monster to a halt.
Other options include carbon fiber trim pieces, Shelby valve covers, racing seats and roll cage, a special interior package and — for the first time in a Super Snake — an automatic transmission.
"Shelby American and the Ford team took the terrific Mustang to new extremes in the car's performance capabilities, said Henry Ford III, Ford Performance marketing manager, in a statement. "The close relationship between Ford Racing and Shelby demonstrates our ability to work together to deliver some of the most exciting Mustangs ever built. The Shelby Super Snake is another example of how we are developing the kind of cars that enthusiasts want."
Edmunds says: Performance-minded buyers will want to contact Ford and Shelby American soon if they want to get their hands on this limited-edition model.