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Shelby Takes the Ford Raptor to New Highs

Twice the Price, Twice the Fun

Updated September 18, 2017

2018 is going to be an insane year for car manufactures. We are seeing an incredible crossroad of high performance and luxury cars, mixed with the need to be efficient and eco-friendly. Well, to each their own, and Shelby is sticking to their guns. Their next impressive lineup includes an improved 2018 Ford Raptor. They are juicing it up, and simply because they can. The $48,000+ truck originally produced by Ford, is going to range upward to $100,000+ when revamped by Shelby.

The Shelby America version of the Ford Raptor, also known as the 2018 Shelby Baja Raptor, has an increase of around 75-horsepower. From the stock 450, to the revises 525-horsepower, it may seem like a small increase. Truth be told, that power is well spent considering the weight loss the Shelby version underwent. The new power is paired with dual-stage shocks that allow for 13” of travel in the front and 14” of travel in the back. For those moments when power matters, the 610 lb.-ft. of torque is delivered eloquently from the 3.5-Liter V6 engine.

The chassis is redesigned to handle a bigger load, and whatever else you can throw at it. Skid plates and tow hooks can also be found as new accessories. Shelby’s special leather seats offer a new way to ride that the original just can’t match. The updated suspension we mentioned earlier, not only looks mean, but will give most off-road builds a run for their money. Shelby will sell you one of their custom-built Shelby Raptors, but they will also upgrade your existing Raptor for a fraction of the price.

While some of the upgrades are hardly justifiable, at this point, you don’t have to justify anything. Shelby could have dumped more power into it, but at that point your looking at a racecar. This Raptor is more than capable of pushing your limits, and that is exactly what Shelby has designed it to do.

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