This Is Shelby's Attempt At Making The Ultimate Ford Raptor


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At time of writing, Shelby's current car portfolio is incredibly broad and diverse. Depending on your taste and budget, Shelby will happily sell you one of the many F-150 or Mustang variants it produces. Or, if continuation cars are more your thing, there's also faithful GT40 and to go for. For most companies, that'd be a broad enough portfolio, though Shelby obviously now reckons it's time to launch an extreme off-road version of the Ford F-150 Raptor pick-up truck.

Limited to 500 units, the 2018 model year Ford F-150 Raptor is a relatively tame Shelby product in power terms. Though extracting 525-horsepower and 610 lb-ft of torque from the Raptor's 3.5-liter V6 is undoubtedly impressive, those outputs aren't startling when you consider the engine was already able to produce 450-horsepower and 510 lb-ft. What Shelby has been busy doing, though, is considerably beefing up the Raptor's chassis. with the new three-inch, two-stage shock absorbers being the most obvious under-the-skin upgrade. Skid plates, tow hooks and a set of off-road-biased 18inch BFGoodrich tires round off the big changes.

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Considering the 2018 Shelby Raptor will set you back $117,460 (which shrinks drastically to $49,295 if you can supply your own truck), it's appropriate that the interior's been retouched in this Rubicon-ready pick-up. Though the window tints and carbon fiber accents are admittedly a bit unnecessary, the leather seats do look rather ace, so we hope they offer the comfort and support to match. We also have pretty high hopes for the Shelby Raptor's off-road credentials too, considering the installed upgrades and the base truck's capabilities. It's far from being the craziest Shelby you see, but the Raptor's still quite an impressive overall package.

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