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2018 Ford F-150 Shelby Raptor Announced – 610+ lb-ft of FUN!


2018 Ford F-150 Shelby Raptor Announced - 610+ lb-ft of FUN!Shelby American Inc.,has reintroduced its popular Shelby Raptor, beginning with a limited number of 2018 model year trucks that will be available through its North American dealers.

With an incredible 610+ foot pounds of torque, the super truck is based on the newest generation Ford F-150 Raptor. Only 500 total 2018 Shelby Raptors will be available through the dealer network.

“At Shelby American, performance has been our business for over 50 years,” said Joe Conway, CEO of Shelby American. “During the past two years,we’ve added several new vehicles to our lineup in direct response to customer demand, including a trio of purpose-built trucks. The Shelby Raptor builds on our rich heritage with trucks, giving enthusiasts even more ways to have high horsepower fun.”

Introduced for the 2016 model year, F-150 Raptor is a major departure from the last incarnation of the truck. The stock 3.5-liter twin-turbo V-6 makes 450 horsepower and 510 foot pounds of torque; it is paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission. The base truck comes with standard all-wheel drive, which features a locking center differential and an auto-shift to the rear wheels depending on the chosen drive mode.

2018 Ford F-150 Shelby Raptor Announced - 610+ lb-ft of FUN!“While the Raptor is an amazing truck right from Ford, we reimagined it for those who asked Shelby for an even more extreme version,” said Gary Patterson, Shelby American President. “The Shelby Raptor is harder edged, with more grunt and handling capability. We added adjustable shocks so the driver can even tailor their ride. This truck was designed and tested for those who seek maximum adventure both on and off the road.”

The Shelby Raptor has 525+ horsepower and an incredible 610+ foot pounds of torque. Shelby American also installs a new two stage shock system, bigger wheels and tires, upgraded interior and handsome exterior elements. The result is a stylish, custom appearance backed up with serious off-road credentials at an estimated MSRP of US$117,460, including the truck (average Raptor price is $68,165). Those with a 2017 model Raptor can send it to Shelby via a dealer for conversion at $49,295.

“Over the past year, we worked with key partners, including Ford Motor Company, to develop a Shelby version of the truck,” said Vince LaViolette, Shelby American Vice President of Operations and Chief Test Driver. “After rigorous testing and development, we built a handful of 2017 versions that quietly hit dealer showrooms. Now we’re ready to offer the truck for the 2018 model year.”

Now in production, the Shelby Raptor will be available nationwide with each truck registered in the official Shelby Registry. For more information about Shelby American and the company’s vehicle line, visit www.Shelby.com.

Tim Esterdahl

Automotive Journalist Tim Esterdahl has been a lover of trucks and SUVs for years. He has covered the industry since 2011 and has pieces in many national magazines and newspapers. In his spare time, he is often found tinkering on his '62 C10 pickup, playing golf, going hunting and hanging out with his wife and kids in Nebraska.

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