Attention Ford Raptor fanatics: 2018 Shelby American Raptor is available!
Raptor fever continues everywhere it seems as Shelby American announces they are continuing their special version of the Ford F-150 Raptor in 2018. The 2018 version of the Shelby Raptor – based on the seriously upgraded 2018 Ford F-150 Raptor – moves up more than a notch or two more as Shelby is adding 75 horsepower and 100 foot pound torque along with a series of handling and styling upgrades to their version of Raptor.
The 2018 Shelby Raptor will be available through its North American dealers. But, if you are interested – you need to give it a look and talk to Shelby now as only 500 will be available through the dealer network they said. Interesting wording as it seems to imply there may be more available on a factory direct basis.
The 2018 Ford F-150 Raptor is a major upgrade from the earlier versions of the truck. The stock 3.5-liter twin-turbo V-6 makes 450 horsepower and 510 foot pounds of torque; it is paired Ford’s new 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.
“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.
Shelby says to expect pricing in the realm of $117,460, including the truck (average Ford Raptor price is $68,165).
An interesting twist is that those with a 2017 model Raptor can send it to Shelby through a dealer for conversion for a list price of $49,295.
“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.”
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 full vehicle line, visit http://www.shelby.com/.