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2020 Ford Shelby GT500 Dragon Snake

2020 Ford Shelby GT500 Dragon Snake

Is it a threat to the Dodge SRT Demon?

The 2020 Mustang Shelby GT500 is a speed demon in itself but here comes the Shelby GT500 Dragon Snake, a vehicle that Shelby says it designed and developed for blistering performance on the drag strip. The GT500 Dragon Snake packs north of 800 horsepower, is said to be lighter than the regular GT500, and it also puts the power down more efficiently thanks to a retuned transmission and other bits and bobs.

We know the 2020 Shelby GT500 is theoretically capable of blazing from naught to 60 miles per hour in 3.3 seconds and run the quarter mile in 10.7 seconds. Car and Driver, however, estimates that under normal conditions, on regular pavement (i.e. in the absence of a drag race-prepped surface), the Shelby GT500 will need 3.5 seconds to hit 60 miles per hour and about 11 seconds to clear the quarter mile. So, we must ask: can the new 2020 GT500 Dragon Snake accelerate to 60 miles per hour in less than three seconds and match the Demon’s 2.3-second 0-60 sprint? Let’s find out.

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2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 by Hennessey

2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 by Hennessey

You’d better come prepared for savagery when you avail any of these tuning programs for the new Shelby GT500

The 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 is the kind of car you buy if you’re into power, speed, and performance. It’s also the kind of car you buy if you’re not afraid of what all of that can do to you. Oh, and it’s also the car you buy if you want to get any of these tuning programs that are available specifically for the 2020 Mustang Shelby GT500. There are three tuning programs in total: Venom 850, Venom 1000, and Venom 1200. Each one offers power and performance upgrades to the Shelby GT500’s 5.2-liter supercharged V-8 engine. I suppose the amount of extra power you want depends on what you can handle on the race track. Let it be said, though, that when Hennessey builds a tuning kit for a muscle car that’s already dripping in power and torque, these kits aren’t the types you buy when you want to use them for your weekend errands. These kits are the types you buy when you want to go balls-to-the-wall on the racetrack.

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2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500

2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500

Powered by a supercharged V-8 with more than 700 horsepower!

Dating back to the late 1960s, the Shelby GT500 returned in 2019 after a five-year hiatus. The first iteration of the sixth-gen Mustang to sport a supercharged V-8 engine, this GT500 is also the most powerful street-legal Ford, even when compared to the Ford GT supercar. The GT500 also borrows some tech from the GT, as well as from the race-spec Mustang GT4. The first GT500 in five years is aimed at the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat and Chevrolet Camaro ZL1. And needless to say, it has enough power to leave both its rivals behind in a cloud of dust. Arguably the biggest news is that the supercharged V-8 delivers in excess of 700 horsepower, but enthusiasts also have to cope with the fact that Ford doesn’t offer a manual gearbox. Let’s find out more about that in the review below.

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2007 Shelby Cobra GT500

2007 Shelby Cobra GT500

Ford reignites the high-horsepower pony wars

Ford Motor Company and Carol Shelby have a long and rich history together. Shelby, a WWII flight instructor and test pilot turned professional racecar driver, started his company named Shelby America company in 1962 building a modified version of the AC Cobra. Shelby transformed the small, European roadster into an American muscle car thanks to a Ford V-8. He soon turned his attention to other vehicles as well, including the then-new Ford Mustang.

Shelby’s relationship with the Mustang would be his most iconic. His first would be the 1965 Shelby Mustang GT350. It was followed by the Shelby Mustang GT500 in 1967 and the GT500KR in 1968. After 1969, Shelby stopped modifying the pony cars, but not before making a name for himself.

It was in 2005 that Shelby decided to revive his Ford heritage. The fifth generation Mustang had just been released and its retro design begged for Shelby’s touch. Working with Ford’s SVT team, Shelby and the crew developed the GT500 – a supercharged V-8 Mustang with 450 horsepower, a matching amount of torque, upgraded suspension components, brakes from Brembo, and a bespoke exterior treatment that make the Shelby Cobra GT500 unique. The car didn’t hit showrooms until the 2007 model year, and within that development time, the GT500’s horsepower had grown to an even 500 horsepower and 480 pound-feet of torque.

The GT500 was the most powerful production Mustang Ford had ever created and helped reignite the high-horsepower wars between Detroit’s Big Three – Chevy, Dodge, and Ford. So without further introductions, let’s take a look at the 2007 Shelby Cobra GT500.

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2007 - 2014 Ford Shelby GT500 Super Snake Signature Edition by Shelby American

2007 - 2014 Ford Shelby GT500 Super Snake Signature Edition by Shelby American

Although the modern-day Super Snake was introduced in 2008 for the 2007 Shelby GT500, the name goes back all the way to 1966 when Carroll Shelby built the "Cobra to end all Cobras:" a 600-horsepower roadster based in the Cobra 427. With the fifth-generation Mustang having been retired at the end of the 2014 model year making way for the redesigned pony car, production of the GT500 Super Snake is also set to come to an end. As a result, Shelby American is sending the moniker off into the history books with a limited-edition model dubbed the Signature Edition.

The final iteration of the Super Snake comes as a post-title package that adds a few extra features on top of the regular features offered with either the 662-horsepower or 850-pony package. Read on to find out more about the extras that come with the new Super Snake Signature Edition.

Click past the jump to read more about the Ford Shelby GT500 Super Snakes Signature Edition By Shelby American.

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1968 Shelby Mustang GT500 KR

1968 Shelby Mustang GT500 KR

By 1968, the Ford Mustang had already become one of the most popular cars in the United States. Affordable, available in three different body styles and with a bevy of inline-six and V-8 engines, Ford’s pony was enjoying tremendous success. The arrival of the beefed-up Shelby Mustang and its many versions only made things better, but Ford and Carroll Shelby felt the pony could become even more impressive. Their dream came true in April 1968, when a brand-new version of the 428 Police Interceptor engine was fitted with improved-breathing heads and larger exhaust manifolds, giving birth to the 428 Cobra Jet. The mill quickly found its way into the Shelby GT500, which became the GT500 KR or "King of the Road". Officially rated at 335 horsepower, but actually powered by no less than 400 ponies and 440 pound-feet of torque, the King gained iconic status almost immediately.

The moniker was discontinued for the 1969 model year, only a few months before Carroll Shelby terminated his agreement with Ford. The GT500 KR nameplate returned exactly 40 years later on the fifth-generation Mustang, this time adorning a 540-horsepower muscle car that was motivated by a 5.4-liter V-8. After all of these years, the first-generation GT500 KR is as formidable as it’s always been, but its statute and value have grown considerably in the eyes of muscle-car aficionados and collectors alike.

Updated 07/23/2014: A very rare Mustang GT 500 KR is being offered by RK Motors Charlotte for a price of $189,900. Click past the jump for more details.

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1967 Shelby GT500 Tribute "RK527"

1967 Shelby GT500 Tribute "RK527"

It’s undeniable the impact the Ford Mustang has had on the American automotive market, and this week celebrates the iconic Pony Car’s 50th birthday. Helping commemorate the occasion is this one-off Mustang built by RK Motors based on the 1967 Shelby GT500. We say ‘based on’ because under its factory-fresh appearance lies a host of performance add-ons and go-fast bits that could make a grown man cry. At the ‘Stang’s heart is a hand-built 527-cubic-inch Boss Nine, all-aluminum V-8 cranking out roughly 800 horsepower. It’s backed by a custom-built Tremec T56 six-speed manual transmission that sends power to the pavement through vintage style 18-inch wheels mounted with BF Goodrich G-force sport comp rubber.

A heaping helping of other parts helps this Ford handle like a go-kart. That’s a good thing because this car is no trailer queen. In fact, RK Motors owner and chairman Rob Kauffman will drive the RK527 during the upcoming HOT ROD Magazine Power Tour — a 1,500-mile excursion between Charlotte and Wisconsin. Taking place June 7th through 14th, the challenging even tests man and machine in an endurance-style road trip with only hot rod and muscle car contenders.

There’s much more lurking underneath the RK527’s candy apple red paint, so click past the jump for the complete rundown.

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2013 Ford Shelby GT500 Mustang HFB Special Edition

2013 Ford Shelby GT500 Mustang HFB Special Edition

SpeedTV has prepared a very big surprise for its annual coverage of the Barrett-Jackson automobile auction in Scottsdale, Arizona. They will give-away a 2013 Ford Shelby GT500 Mustang HFB Special Edition and all you have to do to enter is to take part in Speed’s Hagerty Fantasy Bid process and you’re automatically eligible. The winner will be announced on Sunday, Jan. 20.

This one-off Shelby GT500 Mustang HFB Special Edition will be loaded with performance upgrades, including a Ford Racing lowering kit, hydraulic hood struts, full-length stainless-steel headers with high-flow catalytic converters, a Borla exhaust system, high-flow air filter and an Ice Nine modified air intake. The final output hasn’t been revealed just yet, but Speed announced this one-off HFB edition will deliver more than 800 horsepower.

The car will feature an all-black exterior combined with W2 Graphics’ flat black stripe kit and a set of aftermarket wheels wrapped in Nitto 20-by-9.5-inch front and 20-by-11-inch Drag Radial rear tires. For the interior, the model adds custom-made front and rear seats featuring black suede inserts, black carbon-fiber stripes and blue stitching.

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2013 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 Wide Body by Galpin Auto Sports

2013 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 Wide Body by Galpin Auto Sports

Galpin Auto Sports is taking its designation as an authorized Shelby Mod Shop seriously with a pair of programs for the exclusive Shelby GT500. One of these programs was actually displayed as the Shelby show car at Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.

It turns out that the program comes with plenty of modifications, highlighted by a wide-body kit and a power upgrade that turned the already powerful American muscle into a menacing ride. The first noticeable change made to the car was the installation of a wide-body kit that extends the muscle car’s body by 9 inches and the use of an "Aston Martin Morning Frost Pearl White" finish on the GT500’s body.

The color is then complemented by an interior that now sports a customized Crimson Red raised-grain leather interior that extends all the way to the trunk. If that isn’t enough, Galpin also installed a 7-Channel audio system that delivers an ear-popping output of 1,000 watts and was specifically built for this vehicle by McIntosh.

As far as performance goes, Galpin took care of that too, putting in a Ford Racing/Shelby supercharger that bumps the output from the muscle car’s 5.8-liter V8 engine to 750 horsepower from 650 ponies. Completing the extensive upgrade for the Shelby GT500 are Shelby 6-piston front and rear brake calipers, a Magnaflow Quad Exhaust, and last but not least, a Ford Racing Performance Suspension system.

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2013 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 Super Snake by Galpin Auto Sports

2013 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 Super Snake by Galpin Auto Sports

Galpin Auto Sports holds the distinction of being a Shelby Mod Shop, which means that it’s been authorized to give a car like the 2013 Shelby GT500 Super Snake some aftermarket modifications.

And wouldn’t you know it; Galpin Auto Sports already has a program for the mighty American muscle car, one that carries exterior, interior, and performance modifications.

For starters, the distinctive exterior enhancements performed on the Shelby Super Snake include a fancy Candy Red paint to go along with Gloss White stripes. Adding some color to the muscle car certainly gives it a fresh vibe, especially when you take into account the rest of the upgrades it comes with.

The program also has a new fiberglass Shelby Super Snake hood, a new carbon-fiber front splitter, plenty of Super Snake badging, and a set of 20-inch matte-black forged-aluminum wheels wrapped in P285/35R20 performance tires. Inside, the notable changes include Recaro Sport leather-trimmed front bucket seats and a Shelby short-throw shifter.

Under the muscle car’s hood rests a Ford Racing/Whipple supercharger to go along with a new Borla exhaust and a Shelby Performance Cooling Package. The power reaches the rear wheels via a 3.31-to-1 gear ratio rear end with a Torsen limited-slip rear differential.

Improved handling was another key point, as Galpin did its part by installing an Eibach coil-over suspension and sway bar kit, Wilwood brake kit, Bilstein adjustable dampers and Shelby aluminum Watts Link rear suspension.

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2013 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 Super Snake

2013 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 Super Snake

If the 650 HP coming out of the Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 isn’t enough for those speed-lovers out there, Shelby American is ready to shut them up with their famous Super Snake package, which will transform the stout muscle car into a more powerful and agile machine.

The new Super Snake package will upgrade the GT500’s power level to an impressive 662 HP in the base version, or an incredible 850 HP if the additional supercharger is chosen. The model can be ordered in any exterior color combined with Satin Black or Gloss White stripes and new wheels in Satin Black or Bright Silver Metallic. As a first for Shelby vehicles, the new Super Snake will be offered with a choice of rear-only or front and rear "wide body" packages with an optional 13 inch rear wheel and tire package - a tribute to the legendary Carroll Shelby.

The new GT500 Super Snake package is priced at $28,995 for the 662 HP version and $39,995 for the 850 HP model, not including the base car. It will be limited to only 500 units, both coupe and convertible. The official debut will be made at the upcoming Barrett-Jackson collector car auction in Las Vegas on September 27th–29th.

Hit the jump for a full list of specifications for the 2013 Ford Shelby GT500 Super Snake.

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2013 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 Cobra Tribute Model

2013 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 Cobra Tribute Model

Ford Motor Company, Shelby American, and Ford Racing have come together to build a special one-off model to pay tribute to the man responsible for creating the iconic Cobra: Carroll Shelby. Called "Friends of Carroll," these companies, along with many others, have put together the Shelby GT500 Cobra, which is based off of the 2013 Mustang GT500, but with some tantalizing modifications.

The team began the build with the GT500’s 5.8L V8 engine which already produces 662 HP, then added a Ford Racing 4.0L Whipple supercharger that catapulted the power to over 850 HP! Keeping this beast safely on the road are 13" rear wheels wrapped around 345-section high performance tires, as well as new Shelby Wilwood brakes.

On the design front, the new Shelby GT500 Cobra was given a Shelby-designed hood, a new rear wide body kit, and new 20" wheels. The exterior is finished off with a Guardsman Blue paint finish and Wimbledon white stripes, as seen on the Cobra roadster of the ’60’s.

“Carroll Shelby changed the performance world forever,” says Luft. “And while he was proud of Shelby American’s achievements, Carroll was far more interested in the next car we build. You will find the spirit and influence of Carroll Shelby in every future vehicle we build as found in the rear wide-body kit and hood that has been integrated into the 2013 Shelby GT500 Cobra.”

The Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 Cobra will be touring across the United States and will eventually end up being auctioned off for charity.

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