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.
Check out the video below for Lago’s final impressions of the 850-hp 2013 Shelby GT500 Super Snake.