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Shelby American Rolls Out 950-hp Mustang

A real prancing pony.

by on Mar.27, 2012

The Shelby 1000 makes 950 hp on the street, 1,100 on the track.

When Carroll Shelby says he’s got a new muscle car on tap, take him seriously.  The legendary automotive raconteur’s latest take on the Mustang will deliver enough tire-squealing torque and horsepower to make gold-chained Ferraristas duck for cover.

That’s 950 hp, to be precise, only slightly less than the $1.4 million Bugatti Veyron ultracar makes.  And that’s for the street legal version of the Shelby 1000 that will take its bow at the New York Auto Show next week.  The track-ready pony car bumps the number all the way up to 1,100 horsepower.

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Since the former race car driver-cum-automotive entrepreneur first teamed up with Lee Iacocca, back in the mid-‘60s, Shelby has never shied away from the challenge of pumping a little more power out of a Mustang.  The latest offering takes things one very large step beyond the last Mustang upgrade from Shelby American, the GT500 Super Snake “only” able to make a measly 800 hp.

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Shelby GT500 Super Snake to Hit 800 Horsepower

New York debut for domestic supercar.

by on Apr.07, 2011

The 2012 Shelby GT500 bumps up to 800 hp.

Carroll Shelby has never been one to take a back seat in the muscle car race, so if a Lamborghini  is ready to settle with a mere 700 horsepower, it just seems somehow natural to expect the Texan’s team to weigh in with 800.

Yep, the supercharged 5.4-liter V8 in the Ford Mustang-based GT500 Super Snake will make an astounding 800 horsepower when the 2012 model rolls into showrooms.  That’s nearly 200 more ponies than the first GT500 made at launch in 2008 – but even more impressive, perhaps, it’s 100 more than you’ll get out of the new Lamborghini Aventador – for barely a third the price.

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All right, perhaps you won’t get quite the bragging rights or quite as sophisticated a platform as the raging bull offers with the carbon fiber 2-seater, but Shelby insists the Super Snake is more than just a gussied up Mustang.

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