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Shelby unveils 800-horsepower '11 GT500 Super Snake

Last year's 750-horsepower GT500 Super Snake wasn't enough for Shelby American. Enter the 800-horsepower 2011 GT500 Super Snake.

Boasting up to 800 horsepower, the 2011 Shelby GT500 Super Snake package offers a healthy increase in power over Ford's standard Shelby GT500.

Available as a post-title package assembled either at Shelby American's Las Vegas assembly plant or at one of several Shelby-backed "Mod Shops," the Super Snake starts life as a standard 2011 Ford Shelby GT500.

Shelby's crew adds a Ford Racing handling pack, which includes dynamic adjustable dampers, lowering springs, unique stabilizer bars and a front strut tower brace.

From there, a choice of three supercharger kits can pump power up to 800 horsepower on standard pump gas. A Shelby/Ford Racing supercharger increases power to 660 horsepower, a healthy increase over the standard GT500's 550 ponies. For those with even more of a thirst for power, a Shelby/Ford Racing or Shelby/Kenne Belle supercharger can be added, along with an upgraded driveshaft and a billet twin 75mm throttle body for a total of 750 horsepower - identical to last year's top-level Shelby GT500 Super Snake.

The 750 horsepower package adds $30,245 to the price of a factory GT500.

But the biggest news for 2011 is the optional Shelby/Kenne Bell 800 horsepower tuning. Shelby hasn't released pricing for its highest performance Mustang-based machine.

All models also gain a Borla exhaust, 20-inch Alcoa/Shelby wheels in a choice of two shades, a short-throw six-speed manual transmission, Baer forged brakes with six-piston calipers and cross-drilled and vented rotors, custom styling touches including brake cooling ducts and Shelby badging throughout. All Super Snakes will be listed in the Shelby registry and they're assigned a unique Shelby serial number.

Just 1,000 will be made available.