Performance: Shelby Super Snake F-150
The Ford F-150 is Given the Shelby Touch
Shelby's History has revolved around Ford cars, and 20 years ago, the company expanded to include trucks, too. We had the chance to test drive the 2007 Super Snake Ford F-150, the regular-cab concept version of which Shelby Autos revealed at the 2009 SEMA show. The truck we tested is a SuperCrew, which was given the full Shelby treatment. The red 2007 F-150 has black Super Snake stripes, a functional hood, and Alcoa Shelby 22-inch wheels with Pirelli Scorpion tires.
Its 5.4-liter engine now puts out 475 horsepower, thanks to a Whipple supercharger and Borla exhaust. It also received forged six-piston Baer brakes with cross-drilled and vented rotors. In addition, the truck received a DJM suspension, which lowers the truck three inches and was sport-tuned to improve handling. Styling features include the custom front fascia and grille, plus side fender vents, brake cooling ducts, and Super Snake badges. The cabin has been given the official Shelby CSM interior plate, plus Shelby leather interior, embroidered headrests, and floor mats. There's also a Kicker sound system with subwoofer. The Super Snake has a tonneau cover and bed rug.
As Melissa Spiering, Truck Trend's Web producer, noted, "This is a truck that is loud enough to set off car alarms, as we soon discovered, and the Whipple supercharger screamed like a banshee. Acceleration was quick, and the combination of high-pitched supercharger and throaty exhaust turned heads on the road."
It also turned heads at the track, where the Super Snake went from zero to 60 mph in 5.8 seconds, and completed the quarter mile in 14.3 seconds at 96.9 mph. Braking took 126 feet. This compares with an 8.1-second zero-to-60 time in our long-term four-wheel-drive SuperCrew F-150 (not exactly the same layout, but as close as we could get for this story). The long-term truck completed the quarter mile in 16.2 seconds at 87.5 mph.
Because the Super Snake is based on the previous-generation F-150 (2003-2008 models), you can't just buy the completed truck from Shelby. However, if you own this generation of F-150, you can have the entire setup installed at Shelby Auto's facility in Las Vegas -- or if you only want some of the goodies, the power and styling features can be installed as individual items.