Ford Raptor gets the Shelby treatment - New York 2013

By Bob Nagy on March 28, 2013 1:31 PM
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Best known for working its magic with ultra-high-horsepower Mustangs -- more on that later -- Shelby American pulled the wraps off a new breed of super vehicle at the 2013 New York Auto Show, where it unveiled the Shelby Raptor. Based on a 2013 Ford SVT Raptor -- a stunningly quick and thoroughly exhilarating piece right out of the box -- this even more intense variant pops a 2.9-liter supercharger on top of the 6.2-liter Ford V8 and raises the underhood pony count from 411 to 575. The Shelby-stoked Raptor also features a bespoke upgraded cooling system and a custom Shelby Borla exhaust system that ensures even-freer downstream breathing. The 6-speed automatic transmission in this all-terrain terror also features a full manual mode. 

Because it was "created to conquer any terrain with serious velocity," the Shelby Raptor is fitted with 35-inch Goodrich All-Terrain tires on custom wheels. It also has an "Off-Road" mode that optimizes the interaction of the transmission and stability/traction control systems to allow maximum capability under high-speed off-pavement runs.

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Shelby American plans to build just 100 of these raging Raptors per year, each numbered and documented in the official Shelby Registry. The post-title conversion package starts at $17,995 -- not including the cost of the original SVT Raptor -- and Shelby also will happily add any number of select interior/exterior upgrades to personalize each example.

In addition to showing its max-attitude truck, Shelby American also presented the latest and most-potent version to date of its equally awesome 2013 Shelby 1000 and its even more stunning 1000 S/C sibling. Now based on the 2013 Ford Shelby GT500, which comes with a 662-horsepower/5.8-liter SVT V8, the baseline Shelby 1000 raises that to four figures courtesy of a thorough block-up revamp that brings a host of stronger internals, better breathing and cooling, and tops it off with a huge 4.0-liter Shelby/Ford Racing supercharger that cranks up the power -- on regular gasoline, no less. If that's not sufficient to get your attention, the new 2013 Shelby 1000 S/C turns up the ante to 1,100 horsepower, while the 1000 S/C track edition adds yet another 100 to that total, also while burning pump gas.  

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As in the past, all Shelby 1000 variants come with major suspension/wheel/tire upgrades, bespoke body bits and custom graphics.  Pricing for the standard 2013 Shelby 1000 opens at $149,995 while the S/C version starts at $154,995 plus the price of the original donor car. Like the Raptor, production volume of the 2013 Shelby 1000 will be limited to 100 units, and each numbered and documented vehicle will be included in the official Shelby Registry.