Shelby American is bringing back performance trucks for a new generation, announcing late May it’s launching a new F-150 Super Snake packing “over 750 horsepower” under its hood and offering improved handling dynamics thanks to a Shelby-tuned suspension.
This latest creation is based on the Ford F-150, but uses the Mustang Super Snake blueprint for success, says the brand on its website.
This entails adding forced-induction to the V8-powered F-150’s 5.0-litre engine by way of a large supercharger, in addition to adding a heat-exchanger; new throttle bodies; fuel injectors; and a Borla exhaust. Shelby says “more than 45 proprietary high-performance upgrades” are made to its Super Snake F-150 engine in total.
Shelby had input into the tuning of the Borla exhaust, which is built bespoke for this vehicle, and replicates the guttural, bass-filled exhaust note typical of its performance cars and trucks.
BDS suspension parts were used to tighten the F-150’s cornering dynamics, while Fox shocks are responsible for enhanced wheel-control and a sporty but not-too-stiff ride.
On the exterior, Shelby has dressed- p its Super Snake truck with a functional dual-intake ram-air hood; a four-piece ground-effects body kit; fender flares; a front bumper-cover with vents and a honeycomb grille insert; painted rear bumper cladding; a painted tonneau cover; plenty of badging; and classically styled 22-inch chrome wheels wrapped in 305/45/22 performance rubber.
Shelby has traded the stock F-150’s off-road capability for on-road prowess, and while the tuning shop hasn’t announced official performance figures, we’d expect its utilitarian Super Snake to hit 100 km/h in under four seconds.
Shelby’s performance upgrades come with some peace of mind in the form of a three-year/58,000-kilometre powertrain warranty.
“This is simply an amazing truck to drive,” said Vince LaViolette, Shelby American vice-president and chief test driver.
“True to Carroll Shelby’s philosophy, it has more power, more sound, more styling, and more handling prowess. From Detroit to Dubai to Dusseldorf, this is the ultimate expression of a high-performance truck available through a dealer.”
Shelby says it will only build 150 2017 F-150 Super Snakes at a cost of $101,595 USD for its 750-horsepower model; a lower-output 395-horsepower version of the truck is available for $88,595 USD.
Canadians interested in purchasing an F-150 Super Snake will have to brave the unfavourable U.S.-dollar exchange rate, but those willing to dig deep for the world’s most powerful pickup can place their orders now.