One word describes driving the GT500 Super Snake on the open road: Scary.

While watching Motor Trend’s August 26th episode of Ignition, it became clear this was no ordinary Mustang. Host, Carlos Lago, squealed around turns, churned rubber on asphalt, and made California canyon roads look like test tracks. For 7 minutes and 57 seconds, this video was an American Muscle lover’s dream come true.

  • The 2013 Shelby GT500 Super Snake will set you back a cool $83k, but will leave you satisfied with a warm 850hp. The 5.8L supercharged DOHC 32-valve V-8 yanks tree stumps with 613 lb-ft of torque, enough to throw you back into your seat when getting on the freeway. If you’re a weekend warrior, this is certainly a car to take to the race track. The GT500 runs a 12 second quarter mile, at 129.2 mph.

    The pony car tested in the video had a price tag of $94,195; this expense is likely more than most people would cough up for a late-model Mustang, but it’s certainly worth knowing about. For an additional $40k, Shelby takes a stock GT500 Mustang, adds 190hp, and transforms it into a Super Snake. Definitely a badge that deserves to be displayed on the car a minimum of 20 times… which it is.

    Don’t forget: Ford was the only big three manufacturer not to receive federal bailout money. Having a track record of success, this auto manufacturer has proven again and again that it can keep up with the competition. The Ford GT is a prime example of Ford’s automotive 21st century innovation. When it slaps a supercharger on a V-8, it means serious performance.

    Don’t take our word for it, check out the video and decide for yourself.