Need a truck for the zombie apocalypse? Ford and Shelby have just the thing.
Just in case the 411-horsepower, 6.2-liter V-8 Ford SVT Raptor isn't enough for your needs, the performance experts at Shelby American Inc. have constructed a 575-hp Raptor. The Shelby Raptor is the big brother to the monster GT500 Super Snake Mustang, the special-option package that just debuted at the 2013 New York International Auto Show; this promises to be the most impressive muscle truck offered to date.
Here's how Shelby describes this new limited-edition package:
"Shelby American takes the impressive Ford SVT Raptor and adds some 'Shelby Magic' to create the ultimate muscle truck."
Shelby America will produce the trucks at its headquarters in Las Vegas; base packages (after the cost of a new SVT Raptor) will start at $18,000 and include a supercharger, some suspension modifications, a custom exhaust and several interior upgrades. Of course, Shelby will offer more dress-up and performance mods as well. The company says it doesn't plan to make more than 100 units per year to keep them exclusive. Each Shelby Raptor sold will be registered in the Shelby Registry.
This is the first pickup truck for Shelby in more than 30 years; in 1989, it offered a two-wheel-drive featherweight Dodge Dakota with the electronic fuel-injected 5.2-liter V-8. Only 1,500 units were sold — about 1,000 red and 500 white — and not many have survived. Additionally, some credit the Shelby Dakota with starting the muscle truck craze, which included the GMC Syclone and Ford Lightning.
Stay tuned, as we're hoping to have more detailed coverage of how the Shelby performance package works in the real world after we get behind the wheel.
To read the full press release, click here.