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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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2018 Ford Shelby Mustang 1000

2018 Ford Shelby Mustang 1000

The quickest Shelby in history!

It’s been only four three model years since the sixth-generation Ford Mustang arrived in showrooms, and the pony has already spawned an impressive number of versions wearing the Shelby badge. Although the iconic GT500 has yet to be revived, Ford has already launched the GT350, the Super Snake, GT-H, and GTE, just to name a few. The GT500 may still be a year away, but sixth-gen Mustang, but Shelby just launched yet another performance model. This time around it’s the Shelby 1000, the brand’s most menacing creation in terms of output and straight-line speed.

The Shelby 1000 is closely related to the GT500, as the first model to wear this badge, launched in 2011, was based on the fifth-generation GT500. Offered in both street and 1000 S/C track versions, the first iteration of the car was discontinued in 2012. The 1000 returned in 2013, once again based on the GT500, but now with the 5.8-liter V-8 instead of the old 5.4-liter unit under the hood. Both the street package and the S/C track package were offered. Also available as an upgrade for the GT500, the package was discontinued in 2014, after only two years on the market. The new Shelby 1000 is the first such model based on the sixth-generation Mustang, so everything about it is new compared to previous iterations. Let’s have a closer look at the car in the review below.

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2017 Shelby Super Snake 50th Anniversary Edition

2017 Shelby Super Snake 50th Anniversary Edition

Celebrate the golden anniversary of one of the most iconic Mustangs ever built

The history of the Ford Mustang extends more than 50 years, and in that span, a the muscle car’s legacy has been defined by a number of custom tunes and special edition models. As rich as that history is though, there is one model that trumps them all, largely because Shelby only built one model of it as a prototype. That model was the 1967 Shelby GT500 Super Snake, and to this day, it remains as the most expensive Mustang ever sold when it fetched $1.3 million at a Mecum auction back in 2013.

Over the years, Ford has revived the Super Snake name a number of different ways, most recently with the 2015 Shelby Super Snake, a special edition Mustang that was limited to just 300 units. Fast forward to this year and the Super Snake name is making another comeback with the launch of the Shelby Super Snake 50th Anniversary Edition. Yes, the one-and-only original 1967 Shelby GT500 Super Snake is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year and for a car that has turned into arguably the most iconic Mustang in history, a special edition run of 500 units (499 more than the original Super Snake!) is the least Ford can do to commemorate the original Super Snake.

Like with most special editions, the 2017 Shelby Super Snake 50th Anniversary Edition comes with a long list of exclusive features and details, including new bodywork from Shelby, commemorative appointments to indicate its status, and best of all, the option to get the car’s power up to 750 horsepower.

The 2017 Shelby Super Snake 50th Anniversary Edition may never have the lasting legacy of the legendary 1967 Shelby GT500 Super Snake, but it is a fitting tribute to a muscle car that was completely ahead of its time in more ways than one.

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2016 Shelby GTE

2016 Shelby GTE

Available with both EcoBoost and V-8 engines

In its first two years on the market, the Mustang has already received a handful of updates bearing the Shelby badge, including the GT350, GT, GT EcoBoost, and a revival of the iconic Hertz GT-H model. Come 2016, and Shelby launched a new nameplate, this time around featuring the "GTE" logo and offering a more diverse engine lineup, including the 2.3-liter EcoBoost, the naturally aspirated "Coyote" V-8, and a supercharged version of the latter.

Unveiled in December 2013, the sixth-generation Mustang introduced not only a new design language, but also a brand-new platform that features an independent rear suspension for the first time since the pony was launched in 1964. It also received a revamped interior with classic cues and an updated engine lineup that includes a turbocharged, 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine. The sixth-gen car also became the first Mustang to be sold in European Ford dealerships.

Available for all Mustang built for the 2015 to 2017 model years, the GTE package can also be had on convertible models, a feature not offered with many other Shelby upgrades. But much like other Shelby models, it can be optioned up with several features, ranging from exterior elements to carbon-fiber panels and drivetrain components. Keep reading to find out more about what sets it apart from the standard Ford Mustang.

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2016 - 2017 Ford Shelby GT350 Mustang

2016 - 2017 Ford Shelby GT350 Mustang

The most powerful, naturally aspirated Mustang ever built

Ford gave birth to the GT350 nameplate in 1965, the same year when Carroll Shelby was commissioned to build high-performance versions of the first-generation Mustang. Built in 1965 and 1966, the initial GT350 was not just lighter than a regular Mustang, but more powerful too. Originally rated at 271 ponies, the ’Stang’s 4.7-liter V-8 was uprated to deliver 306 horsepower at Shelby American’s shop, where it would also be equipped with heavy-duty rear axles, larger rear drum brakes, and front disc brakes. All 1965 models were painted Wimbledon White with Guardsman Blue stripes, while the 1966 model year brought more colors to the car. The GT350 continued in 1967, 1968 and 1969 with more cosmetic changes that performance updates. The GT350 moniker disappeared until 2011, when it returned for the fifth-generation Mustang. As the redesigned pony rolls into dealerships for the 2015 model year, the Shelby GT350 has made yet another comeback as a track-prepped version of the sixth-gen Mustang.

Introduced for the 2016 model year, the first Shelby Mustang GT350 to feature an independent rear suspension is Dearborn’s answer to the Chevrolet Camaro Z/28. The body panels were reshaped into a more aerodynamic and aggressive shape, including a completely new front section, while the GT’s standard 5.0-liter V-8 was replaced by a slightly larger unit specifically developed for this muscle car. But enough with the spoilers. Keep reading to find out everything there is to know about the new Shelby GT350.

Updated 06/28/2016: Ford dropped a new video featuring David Patterson "That Dude In Blue" tackling the GT350 Time Attack at the Ford Performance Octane Academy. Hit "play" to watch the new video.

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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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2016 Shelby Terlingua Mustang

2016 Shelby Terlingua Mustang

In 1965, a Shelby GT350-R driven by legendary Ken Miles won its debut race at the Green Valley Raceway in Dallas. Shelby’s win produced quite a stir, but so did the black-and-yellow logo of a rabbit holding its paw in the air. The logo belonged to Terlingua Racing Team, which went on to become an important name in motorsport in the 1960s, being used on several Mustangs, Cobras, and even Indy 500 and Le Mans winners.

As part of the group that, according to Bill Neale, "would go down to Terlingua to hang out, hunt deer, ride motorcycles, have some drinks and eat real well" long before the race team was put together, Carroll Shelby revived the Terlingua Mustang in 2007 by launching a limited-edition, V-6-powered Mustang wrapped in the famous black-and-yellow livery. It’s been nearly a decade since then, and the Terlingua Mustang returned once again as a spin-off of the sixth-generation pony.

Limited to only 50 units, the new Shelby Terlingua Mustang is based on the 2016 Mustang GT and, much like its predecessor, comes wrapped in a racing livery. As the base model suggests, this one is powered by a V-8, but the drivetrain has very little in common with the stock model, packing a supercharger, and a lot more power than you can get from a Ford dealership. Keep reading to find out more about that.

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2016 Shelby GT EcoBoost Mustang

2016 Shelby GT EcoBoost Mustang

The Shelby name has been attached to a lot of different kinds of cars from different manufacturers and with different kinds of engines. But so far, Shelby Mustangs have all been powered by V-8s. Displacements and power outputs have varied by a lot, and some have been naturally aspirated while others have used forced induction, but it has always been a V-8. That all changes this year, as Shelby has just announced a Shelby GT package for the EcoBoost Mustang. The package will be available in North America, but it is intended to appeal primarily to customers in other parts of the world. This is why the car will make its first public appearance at the Goodwood Revival in the U.K., also marking the official European debut of Shelby International.

To a lot of Americans, the idea of a four-cylinder Shelby Mustang might seem blasphemous; but for those living in other countries, particularly in Europe, V-8 Mustangs may be out of reach due to huge price increases caused by tax and insurance regulations. The GT EcoBoost is therefore a way for Europeans to be able to buy a Shelby Mustang without having to pay near-supercar prices for it.

Continue reading to learn more about the Shelby GT EcoBoost Mustang.

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2015 Shelby Super Snake

2015 Shelby Super Snake

Legendary muscle-car tuning company Shelby has unveiled its latest Mustang-based Super Snake, and it’s got all the makings of a true American supercar, with up to 750 supercharged horsepower, a wide array of carbon-fiber aero enhancements, looks that kill, and tunable suspension upgrades that bless the best handling ‘Stang yet with even more cornering agility.

“When Shelby American introduced the 605-horsepower Super Snake in 2007, the car became an instant sensation,” said Joe Conway, CEO of Shelby American and co-CEO of Carroll Shelby International. “The new Super Snake is even better because the all new Ford Mustang is such a terrific platform for the iconic muscle car. By working closely with our partners at Ford Performance, Weld Racing, Michelin, Carbon by Design and Whipple and Kenne Bell superchargers, the 2015 Shelby Super Snake is an amazing car with world-class performance.”

Shelby left no stone unturned when upgrading the Mustang, and the result is impressive, to say the least. However, with so much hot American muscle-car iron available these days, how will it stack up against the competition?

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2015 Shelby GT

2015 Shelby GT

In 2007, Ford, Carroll Shelby and Ford Racing teamed up to create a new muscle car that would slot between the Mustang GT and the bonkers Shelby GT500. The result was the Shelby GT, which featured a 4.6-liter, V-8 engine tuned to generate 319 horsepower. Visual differences include a rear-spoiler delete, a retro Shelby hood scoop, and silver stripes. First available only as a coupe, the GT received a convertible version in 2008. Vista Blue, the color that would become the signature hue of the nameplate, was added the same year. Axed before 2009, the Shelby GT returned for the 2014 model year with 430 horsepower in base form and 624 ponies as the GT/SC. Now that the 2015 Mustang is already upon us, Shelby revised the GT for the second time with updated looks, an upgraded engine and a host of Ford Performance Parts.

Equipped with carbon-fiber body parts, a supercharged V-8 that cranks out 627 horses, three more when compared with the previous, range-topping GT/SC, this new Shelby GT is the most powerful Mustang wearing a Shelby badge as of 2015. Yes, it is more powerful than the 2016 GT350, although the GT is the kind of muscle car best tuned for running in a straight line rather than on a twisty track like the GT350. Keep reading to find out more about Shelby American’s latest muscle car.

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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.

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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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2014 Shelby GT/SC

2014 Shelby GT/SC

We are about to witness the birth of a “brand-new” Mustang, as Ford will reveal the new "Pony car" to world on December 5, 2013. A new era in the glorious history the Mustang will begin with the launch of the sixth-generation Mustang.

One name that can never be forgotten and has ever since been attached with all things Mustang is Shelby. We bet Carol Shelby would’ve been glad to add his personal touches on the new model. Having said that, Shelby American has just announced a range of performance upgrades for the 2014 Ford Mustang, giving the fifth-generation Mustang the sendoff that it deserves.

The latest set of upgrade will allow customers to experience first hand, the expertise of the legendary Carroll Shelby in performance tuning a muscle car that he dedicated his life’s work for.

Click past the jump for detailed information on the upgrades from Shelby

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2013 Shelby 1000 S/C

2013 Shelby 1000 S/C

Last year at the New York Auto Show, Shelby American unveiled the 1000 as a celebration of the company’s 50th anniversary. The model got sold like hot cakes, so this year at the 2013 New York Auto Show, we are going to see an improved version of the model named 1000 S/C, which is essentially a GT500 with a double shot of car `roids.

Unlike the initial version, the new S/C delivers a total of 1,200 horsepower – a 250-horsepower increase over the previous 950 horsepower. This output is even more impressive when compared to the standard 662 horsepower level delivered by the 2013 Ford Shelby GT500 - the model it is based on.

So how did Shelby almost double this output? You’ll have to come back next week if you want to find an answer to this question. We do know that Shelby yanked out the 5.8-liter V-8, stripped it to just a bare block and installed strengthened internals.

Along with the output increase, the new 1000 S/C also received an adjustable suspension, a performance cooling package, big brakes and, of course, a new set of wheels to roll on.

As usual, exclusivity comes with a huge price. The price for the upgrade goes up to an amazing $154,995, not including the base GT500 - which is priced at $54,650. There will be only 100 units built so you better hurry up!

We’ll bring you full details once Shelby release them.

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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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