Vital Stats

Engine:
Supercharged 6.2L V8
Power:
575 HP
Transmission:
6-Speed Auto
0-60 Time:
5.5 Seconds (est.)
Drivetrain:
Four-Wheel Drive
Curb Weight:
6,200 LBS (est.)
Seating:
2+3
MPG:
11 City / 18 HWY
We're big fans of the Ford F-150 SVT Raptor, a full-size pickup impressively configured from the factory for serious desert running. While its stock, naturally aspirated 6.2-liter V8 provides 411 horsepower, some consider it lacking. Others still want more aggressive underpinnings for even more serious duty. Stop worrying, as Shelby American appears to have the answer with its new Shelby Raptor.

While the Las Vegas-based company offers nearly all of its upgrades on its à la carte menu (good for those on a budget), the test truck seen here arrived loaded with just about everything.

To begin the transformation, a 2.9-liter Whipple supercharger and intercooler are bolted to the V8, followed by a Shelby Stinger exhaust system to improve the engine's breathing. The upgrades bump output by 164 horsepower, meaning the truck goes from 'impressive' to 'seriously quick' on the acceleration scale. But the company doesn't stop there, as the suspension has been upgraded with Shelby 3-inch shocks, new upper and lower control arms and a new frame kit with bump stops. In addition to a new skid plate package for protection, the stock wheels have been replaced with 18x9 Shelby Method alloys wearing aggressive 35-inch BFG Mud-Terrain T/A tires (35x12.50R18LT) for go-anywhere capabilities.

Cosmetically speaking, the interior is upgraded with a custom Shelby leather package and additional gauges have been added to allow the driver to keep a closer eye on things. The exterior doesn't escape the treatment, either, as it receives new bumpers, a full chase rack and plenty of graphics. And, of course, there is the obligatory unique Shelby serial number plate on the blown engine and one for everyone to see prominently on the dashboard.

We recently spent an afternoon criss-crossing the LA Basin with this massive truck, putting in a few soft-roading miles for our photoshoot. To really do the Shelby justice and properly explore its capabilities, however, we really need to spend more time doing what it genuinely wants to do. That is, launching it off tall berms, crossing deep streams and bashing over rocks. Unfortunately, the opportunity didn't present itself. Next time.

Driving Notes:
  • One glance at our loaded silver and blue test truck reveals a ridiculous amount of 'Shelby' branding. Laughable levels, actually. Shelby's name is plastered on the seats, dash, quarter panels, doors and tailgate. It appears four times on the rear bumper alone! Enough already – it's overkill to a nauseating level (the company reportedly offers packages that are much more discreet). And don't get us started on the overuse of LED light bars.
  • Nearly all of the upgrades are actually functional for desert running and rock-crawling, with the exception of one; the silly placement of aftermarket gauges in the middle of the dashboard vents. The analog boost and fuel pressure dials are not only ergonomically incorrect (nobody looks to the HVAC vents for information), their 'plug' design blocks critical airflow from the vents themselves. We prefer to see them mounted on the A-pillar, like everyone else does, to make them easy to read and keep them out of the way. Speaking of visibility, if you opt for the bed-mounted spare, don't bother looking in the rearview mirror, as the backside of the tire completely fills the glass.
  • Stepping on the accelerator pedal sets a chain of events in motion. Within a fraction of a second, the supercharger begins to wail from under the hood, a noise that's followed by an immediate burst of power that rips the tires' tread blocks from the pavement. The process is neighborhood-waking loud, and the modified Ford takes off at a rate that is completely unexpected considering its obscene curb weight - most estimates say the 6,200-pound pickup will hit 60 mph in the mid-five second range. Fuel economy is predictably miserable, and owners should consider themselves fortunate if they make it into the double-digits (if by some circumstance they do, they aren't driving the Shelby properly).
  • Our test truck appears to have been tuned purely for off-road enjoyment, meaning its on-pavement driving characteristics are crude, at best. The generous suspension travel, low steering rate, high center of gravity, curb weight and huge tire tread blocks means the Shelby squirms and rolls around corners with an annoying delay to steering inputs. Yet if we had the ability to take this Raptor into the dirt, mud, rocks or snow, all of these qualities would have helped to make it one capable beast of a machine.
  • If driving a monster truck on public roads is what you are seeking, Shelby has your answer with its tuned Raptor. However, unless you plan on tackling serious trails, we'd lay off the suspension and wheel upgrades, as they destroy the on-road manners of the factory Raptor – qualities most drivers will grow to appreciate.


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      Jay
      • 1 Year Ago
      From that angle I just had a flashback to the Dodge Dakota Shelby edition: http://image.trucktrend.com/f/features/consumer/163_1205_carroll_shelby_trucks/37409570/1989-Dodge-Dakota-Shelby-front-view.jpg
      Slow
      • 1 Year Ago
      Hmm let's see. ADD bumpers, Rigid Industries lights, Method Wheels, King Shocks, Whipple supercharger etc. Need we say more. Save your money, buy a loaded Raptor and send it to Livernois for the supercharger and full engine rebuilt and then to RPG for a full suspension packet, add the wheels and you are there. More horse power, better suspension, cheaper and less silly than this monstrosity.
        jlauth
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Slow
        Well said. I said this as soon as this truck came out. I love that they upgraded the lower control arms but not the weaker point the tie rods. Dont let shelby mod your raptor. Go to RPG and Whipple direct.
      ugly rims
      • 1 Year Ago
      The Shelby Splash
      trustedcarbuyer
      • 1 Year Ago
      Love the new Ford Raptor. The 6.2L V8 supercharged engine is a beastly! What I would give to cruise the desert in one. One can dream...
      protovici
      • 1 Year Ago
      I need a video of this thing jumping all 277 miles long of the Grand Canyon. Cool truck. I'll trade straight up for my ride.
      chrismcfreely
      • 1 Year Ago
      Can I get a Shelby Fiesta ST instead?
        John
        • 1 Year Ago
        @chrismcfreely
        Yes, but it has to come with the spare tire rack / light bar.
      Malou H
      • 1 Year Ago
      like the front mod and the light bar from last years concept. but maybe overboard too and the paint no thanx.
      mary.keana
      • 1 Year Ago
      Must be tiny penis thursday
      Cool Disco Dan
      • 1 Year Ago
      Roof Rack reminds me of a mullet.
      Brodz
      • 1 Year Ago
      Light bars mean that you have the "I win" setting in a game of: "Who wants to be a dick and leave their high beams on?" "Set to retina burn!"
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Brodz
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      Arizonarelax
      • 1 Year Ago
      What an insult to Carroll Shelby. What an insult to Gene Roddenberry’s imagination of his Klingon Empire – Bird of Prey (Raptor) name sake. Remember the days where you “built” your car. You also built models of cars, airplanes and even operated model trains on layouts you built, from your imagination? Ford is professing superiority by adding Shelby’s name because they’ve lost their creativity and imagination and wish to line their pockets based on someone else’s automotive supremacy. What arrogance is this that car manufactures flat out insults you by applying devious decals and implying you don’t have the imagination or ingenuity to add cosmetic changes to your ride? This version of the Raptor is nothing more than an expensive running billboard that you see going up and down Las Vegas Boulevard advertising for a good time - as long as you pay the price. Tune your ride yourself folks, add the skid plates and whatever else you want to do and save the embarrassment of getting caught with your pants down looking for cash.
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Arizonarelax
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      John
      • 1 Year Ago
      HOLY FUGLY RACK BATMAN!
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