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Super Snake. It’s just a cool, cool name isn’t it? Shelby, long the purveyor of rather astonishing modified Ford Mustangs and, more generally, Cars With Excellent Names, has revealed a ‘50th Anniversary’ edition of its iconic Super Snake.
It celebrates 50 years since the ‘67 SS ‘Stang (duh), and was revealed over the weekend at the Barrett Jackson auction. According to Shelby president Gary Patterson, the new model is “extraordinarily fast and a thrill to drive”.
He’s certainly not wrong on the fast thing. The standard version which you don’t want pumps out 670bhp from that 5.0-litre V8 via means of a supercharger. The version you do want is the more powerful 750bhp V8, using either a Kenne Bell or Whipple supercharger, to allow a 0-60mph time of 3.5s and a quarter mile time of 10.9s. On street-legal Michelins. With an automatic gearbox. Sheesh.
Elsewhere you’ll find Ford/Shelby spec new dampers, sway bars, springs and bushings, Wilwood six-piston calipers with floating rotors (four-pot at the rear), a Shelby brake/bearing duct cooling system, and 20in forged aluminium wheels. And yes Mr Wayne, those wheels do come in black.
If it all sounds a bit familiar, it’s because we saw the first iteration of a modern Super Snake Mustang GT in 2015. For this anniversary edition, Shelby has fitted a new bonnet (with nostrils), new rockers, new spoilers, a new grille and fog lights, a new rear tail panel and refreshed diffuser assembly. Oh, and many stripes and Super Snake badging both inside and out.
You want options? You’ve got options. Many of them. There’s the 750bhp package that you definitely need, a more extreme cooling pack, Ford Performance half shafts and wheel studs, a short-throw gear shift, and track suspension/coilovers.
Only 500 50th Anniversary editions will be built, and each one will cost just $69,995, which includes the matter of the base Mustang GT. That is good value whichever way you cut it.
“In a world filled with sterile cars,” Patterson adds, “it’s a throwback to a time when people enjoyed driving.”
Jaguar has good form on squeezing supercharged V8s into its sensible saloons. So since its launch, we’ve lived in hope the XE – it’s small BMW 3 Series rival – would enjoy similar treatment.
The good news is it’s happening. This isn’t an ‘XE R’, though. It’s not a predictable swipe at the BMW M3 or Alfa Giulia Quadifoglio. This is Project 8, the follow up to Jag’s utterly madcap F-Type Project 7.
But forget that F-Type, and forget the Jaguar XJ220. With 592bhp (or a nice round 600PS), this will be the most powerful production Jag ever. Yikes. We’d put very short odds on it being the loudest, too.
Power comes from a 5.0-litre supercharged V8, and the whole thing’s being developed by Jag’s Special Vehicle Operations team. A maximum of 300 will be made, and they’ll all be hand-assembled at SVO’s Coventry base.
We’re not told whether it will be rear- or all-wheel drive, or anything in the way of 0-60 times or top speeds. Expect it to be blooming quick, though. It’s been testing under camouflage at the Nürburgring, as the pictures above testify.
Jaguar does say that Project 8 “takes aerodynamics and performance engineering to another level”. Note the wildly extended arches, the flared sills and splitters and the ginormous rear spoiler. It’s going to look very burly indeed.
We’re also told “it is conceived for enthusiasts and the most discerning collectors” and that “the price for such an extreme performance sports car, available in strictly limited numbers, will reflect that.”
So it won’t be cheap. Project 7 set its owners back £130,000 – more than double a basic F-Type, and over £40,000 more than a similarly powered F-Type Convertible. Don’t be surprised if Project 8 comes with a slightly eye-popping price tag. One bearing six figures, perhaps.
We’ll know more at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in June, when Project 8 is fully revealed. And don’t forget that Project 7 spawned the less limited, more attainable Jaguar F-Type SVR. If the car you see here goes down a storm, Jag would be foolish not to take on BMW and Alfa with a full production model.
Excited? Is that a silly question?
Once upon a time, Worthersee was little more than a small gathering of VW enthusiasts at an Austrian hotel. Now it’s a week-long show officially supported by VW that gets more than 100,000 visitors each year.
Some of these visitors bring with them their own VWs, most of which have been modified. Some so much the only Volkswagen-y bit that remains is the badge. Click through our little gallery for a taste of what Volkswagen enthusiasts get up to when 100,000 of them get together over beer and dancing girls.
And cars, lots and lots of cars.
And a dog. Enjoy.
There’s perhaps a certain devilish glee in taking something like a Bentley Bentayga and subjecting it to the world of wide-body kits and bellowing custom exhausts. It’s like racing stripes on a private plane, or the Queen using emojis.
Clearly, German tuning house Startech thinks so, because this deep, forest green version of the Bentayga is wearing no less than £44,000 worth of body panels, suspension, wheels and exhaust parts.
And, of course, the rather verdant paint job. That’s not an inconsequential sum to tack on to the £160,000 asking price for Bentley’s off-road palace.
So, what exactly do you get for your £200,000? Well, the front and rear bumpers are Startech’s own design, as are the wider wheel arches that enclose lightweight, forged 23-inch wheels, in a much more rakish and sporting design than the standard Bentley fare.
The wheels tuck much further into the guards thanks to suspension that’s been lowered by 20mm, which probably precludes you from doing any off-roading.
Finally, Startech has made sure the characteristic hush of the big Bentley can be a thing of the past, thanks to a switchable valved exhaust system that opens up in sport mode for a pretty satisfying bellow,if you ask us.
Of course, the decidedly olive-coloured Bentayga is just one Portuguese customer’s perfect version. You can spec your Startech Bentayga with any number of interior and exterior options. If you want black leather seats with white stitching and a picture of a donkey embossed in the headrest, you need only ask.
And it’s not just Startech who’s had a crack at replacing the subtlety of the Bentayga with noise and carbon ibre. Mansory’s already had a crack, with predictably Mansory-esque results (hey, at least it’s consistent), and lesser-known tuners DMC (not to be confused with DeLorean), who’ve created the ‘Gigante’, a bright orange Bentayga with 692bhp.
It seems that the Bentayga’s quickly becoming the darling of the tuning set. Because, as Michelle Pfeiffer once said in Scarface, nothing exceeds like excess.
But what would your perfect Bentayga look like, and who would you get to build it?