Shelby Focus ST, a reworked version of the Ford Focus ST, was unveiled at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit by renowned Ford tuner Shelby American.
Power from the 2.0-liter turbocharged engine is unchanged, although the car features new cross-drilled brakes, lowered suspension and a Borla exhaust system with larger circular tips that replace the trapezoidal arrangement of the standard car. The exterior is garnished in carbon fiber details, including a new roof spoiler and hood with functioning air vents. A performance package with increased power is under development.
Three graphics packages are also being offered including the traditional stripes or the checkered flag and competition stickers fitted to the show car.
The Shelby Focus ST package costs $14,995, not including the base Focus ST. It will be limited to 500 units a year.
Also shown by Shelby American at the Detroit show was a new wide-body version of its range-topping Shelby Mustang GT500 Super Snake. Developing 838hp(!) from its 5.4-liter supercharged V8 engine, the Super Snake is now optionally available with wider wheels – 13in. at the rear and 10in. at the front – to improve traction.
"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."
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.