Shelby Introduces 2018 Shelby Baja Raptor Off-Road Truck For Extreme Enthusiasts

Shelby American has rolled out a brand new iteration of Ford’s most vicious truck; introducing the Shelby Baja Raptor.

Few vehicles are as capable off road as the current Ford F-150 Raptor, even in the truck’s stock guise. But even best always can get better, and that is at the core of Shelby American’s character.

While the Raptor is an amazing truck right from Ford, they re-imagined it for those who asked Shelby for an even more extreme version. The Shelby Raptor is harder edged, with more grunt and handling capability.

Ford Shelby Raptor which is based on the latest high-output 3.5L EcoBoost V6 Raptor, gets a boost in power to the tune of 525 hp and 610 lb-ft of torque. The power increase comes courtesy of a modified air intake and an engine controller tune. The 10-speed automatic is still there.

In addition to tinkering around under the hood, Shelby outfitted this desert demon with more robust and adjustable Fox 2 Stage Racing shocks and threw on impressive 18-inch alloy wheels with aggressive 35-inch BFGoodrich KM2 tires.

The truck rides higher on a modified suspension with a 3-inch lift; the front uses 3-inch coilover internal bypass adjustable reservoir shocks, while the rear suspension packs 3-inch external bypass adjustable reservoir shocks.

Like with anything bearing the Shelby name, the look of the Shelby Baja Raptor is as extreme as its performance. It has a functional dual-intake ram air hood, custom bumpers and skid plates, a chase rack mounted on the bed with full-size spare wheel mounts, and multiple LED light bars.

The interior also gets custom touches, but changes are much more modest. There’s new leather on the seats with Shelby Baja Raptor stitching, some carbon fiber trim panels, new floor mats, and badges with the Shelby logo.

As expected, none of this comes cheap. The estimated price is $116,815. That includes both the truck and conversion. Those with a 2017 model Raptor can send it to Shelby via a dealer for conversion at $49,295.

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