How well can a street car handle 850 hp? To find out, Motor Trend‘s Carlos Lago tests the 2013 Shelby GT500 Super Snake in this new Ignition video.
Lago first heads to K&N Engineering to determine how much power the GT500 Super Snake really makes. With 747 hp and 611 lb-ft of torque at the rear wheels, the Super Snake’s test results are in line with Shelby’s claims, considering a 12-percent drivetrain loss. The Super Snake’s $40,000 price premium includes a larger Kenne Bell twin-screw supercharger, a cooling upgrade to handle the heat generated by 850 hp, 20-inch forged alloy wheels wrapped in Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires, 3.73 rear end gears, cross-drilled vented brakes, and 20 Shelby badges.
But is the power too much? On the street, full-throttle can only be explored if the road is straight, the transmission is in at least third gear, and the ground is dry. Although our best quarter-mile time was 12 seconds flat at 129.2 mph, the Super Snake has been known to go much faster in the right conditions.