DETROIT Jan. 15, 2013 Shelby American, Inc., a division of Carroll
Shelby International (CSBI.PK), unveiled today its new 850 horsepower
2013 Shelby GT500 Super Snake "Wide Body" as well as the new
performance tuned Shelby Focus ST at the North American International
Auto Show. The two cars represent bookends in the lineup of high
performance vehicles available from Shelby American.
"Carroll Shelby's innovative and aggressive hot-rodder spirit
lives on at Shelby American today. " said John Luft, president of
Shelby American. "His Cobra redefined the sports car genre and
then Shelby turned what some called a 'secretary's car', the Mustang,
into the fire-breathing GT350. A few years later, Shelby practically
invented the American 'pocket-rocket' with the four-cylinder
turbocharged, front wheel drive Shelby GLH. This year, we're returning
to our roots with a pair of game-changing cars that will rewrite the
rules for American performance."
Shelby American takes the stock 662 horsepower 2013 GT500 and boosts
its performance to a street-legal 850 horsepower while keeping it 50
state emissions legal and tuned on 91 octane pump gas. Adding Shelby's
new Wide Body option puts all that power to the pavement, and the rest
"Now with 13 inch rear and 10 inch front wheels that are wrapped
in serious rubber, the car launches and handles like the super car it
is," added Gary Davis, vice president of production at Shelby
American. The optional wide body package isn't just a cosmetic change,
it now gives the Super Snake much more traction and makes it easy to
exploit the Shelby's potential right past the competition."
Customers can choose between Satin Black, Gloss White, Silver, Blue
and Red stripes. Offered now for the first time, wheel options include
a rear-only or front and rear "wide body" packages.
Even though the new Wide Body Super Snake will have the chops to lead
the muscle car pack, it is the return of Carroll Shelby's beloved
"Pocket Rocket" that may be the biggest news in Detroit.
"Carroll Shelby ignored critics who said the turbo four Omni
couldn't be an affordable performance car in the 1980s," noted
Gary Patterson, vice president of Operations/Sales. "He proved
them wrong with an impressive, lightweight four cylinder performer.
Ford Motor Company's new Focus ST is the perfect platform for the
rebirth of the front wheel drive turbo four cylinder Shelby. It is a
car that Carroll wanted to build before his passing and is a worthy
successor to his 'Pocket-Rocket' GLH."
Designed in the Shelby skunkworks and tested extensively at Las Vegas
Motor Speedway, the front wheel drive Shelby Focus ST is a
driver-focused masterpiece of performance with a budget minded price.
New Ford Racing suspension pieces lower the car while the wheels and
tires improve grip and traction. The bigger Shelby spec brakes with
drilled rotors enhance the stopping power; along with the sound of the
Shelby/Borla exhaust makes it uniquely Shelby. Inside, the car has a
complete Shelby branded custom interior, Shelby shifter and finished
off with the unique Shelby CSM badge. On the outside, the Shelby is
easily identified by its functional hood vents, hydro-carbon front and
rear grille inserts, Shelby lettering and rear Hydro-carbon spoiler.
Three visual graphics packages are offered, ranging from
"traditional" Shelby stripes to more edgy Shelby checkered
flag splash or competition graphics. Under the hood, Shelby American
adds stylish hydro-carbon components and is developing an optional
performance tune expected to significantly increase horsepower.
The post-title package for the 2013 Shelby GT500 Super Snake starts at
$28,995 (662 hp) and $39,995 (850 hp). The wide body option adds
another $14,995, not including the base GT500. The 2013 Shelby Focus
ST post-title package begins at $14,995 not including the Ford Focus
ST and will be limited to 500 per model year.
Shelby American is now accepting orders for the limited edition cars.
Interested parties should contact their sales team at (702) 942-7325
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