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R&T: “Super Snake” slower, pricier than Hellcat

by David Zatz on

Road & Track tested a Shelby Super Snake, based on the Ford Mustang, which claims to have 850 horsepower at the crank. However, the smaller supercharged car failed to match up to the magazine’s Challenger SRT Hellcat’s run, doing the quarter mile in 12.3 seconds at 116 mph vs the Dodge’s 12.0 seconds at 125 mph.


The magazine also slammed the brakes (“nearly an on-off switch”) and, while it praised the lateral grip, noted that loss of control tended to be non-recoverable. The writer talked about “driveline slop,” vibration, bucking, noise, and failing to match stock Camaro ZL1 times, even with the “750+ HP ” package (Shelby made the “850 hp” claims).

The package itself was more than a 392-powered Challenger SRT, at $49,995 — plus a brand new, $32,395 Ford Mustang GT. The test car had a $54,999 power package. The entry level package, then, cost far more than a Challenger Hellcat, even without the extra power kit (replacing a 2.3 liter supercharger with a 2.9, adding cooling upgrades, and making other changes.)  Thanks, Jerry Simcik. 


David Zatz founded Allpar in 1998 (based on a site he had begun in 1993-94), after years of writing reviews for retail trades. He has been quoted by the New York Times, the Daily Telegraph, the Detroit News, and USA Today. Before making Allpar a full-time career, he was a consultant in organizational psychology. You can reach him by using our contact form (much preferred) or by calling (313) 766-2304

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