2018 Shelby F-150 Carves Up Canyons: Video

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If you're looking for a pickup truck that makes a statement, you might want to consider one designed by Shelby Performance. Not only does Shelby offer unique, eye-popping aftermarket parts for pickup trucks, but it can also transform your bedded form of transportation into a canyon-carving, high-performance super hauler. For a price, of course.

Related: Shelby Reveals New 2017 F-150 Super Snake

We jumped at the chance to spend some time in Shelby's latest creation: a fully modified (meaning all the optional boxes checked) 2018 Ford F-150. We knew this was going to be something special, especially once we saw the six-figure price sheet.

The most impressive feature of the 2018 Shelby F-150 are the well-dialed-in Raptor-like remote-reservoir Fox shock absorbers; they are complemented by a 4-inch suspension lift that comfortably fits 35-inch-tall BFGoodrich All-Terrain KO2 tires. The Shelby F-150's ride is impressive for anything this size and weight. Amazingly, with all the interior and exterior add-ons and 20-inch wheels, not to mention extra underpinnings, the truck only puts on about 300 pounds (weighing just less than 6,000 pounds), so it still offers about 1,000 pounds of payload with its 7,000-pound gross vehicle weight rating.

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We drove the Shelby F-150 up and down the canyons above Malibu, Calif. The massive Whipple supercharger on the 5.0-liter V-8 provides 755 horsepower, according to Shelby, which translates into almost instantaneous thrust when you mash the throttle. We especially liked the sound of the dual exhaust combined with the supercharger whine — it's a symphony of testosterone. Other impressive details include the nine exterior Shelby logos scattered around and underneath the truck, the dual-stripe performance decal, the hard tonneau cover and carpet-lined cargo area, the Shelby cobra logos, custom transmission tuning to the Ford 10-speed and extra-high-flow air intake. We're also told there was a massive amount of work done to the software calibrations to make sure all the transmission settings, shifting patterns and four-wheel-drive system was dialed in to work as similar to a factory vehicle as possible. Shelby offers a three-year/36,000-mile limited warranty on all performance upgrades.

So what did this 2018 Shelby F-150 ring up at? With almost every option Shelby offers (we wish there was a bigger brake package), the truck we drove cost just less than $107,000, not including the cost of the F-150 you need to purchase at a participating Ford dealership.

Since we got a few days behind the wheel, we shot a quick video to allow you to see and hear the 2018 Shelby F-150. Enjoy.

Cars.com photos by Mark Williams, Brian Wong

 

 

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Comments

Ford engine compartments kill me. That goofy coolant reservoir is right in your face. Considering that today's coolants are good for multiple years before a refresh, the only other reason you'd need access to the reservoir is changing radiators, hoses or other cooling system components. If you own a GM truck you'll touch those things very rarely. My last two Fords were ok with the cooling system but the one before that was a constant complaint.

I know that other vendors offer out-of-the-box street rod pickups for guys with Chevy's but I sure would love a Shelby sticker on my truck.

Anybody want guess 0 to 60 or quarter mile times. My guess is fastest available stock pickup.

That’s a really nice truck. Better than anything GARBAGE MOTORS CAN OFFER.

Very nice. Not practical, but if one has the money, why not. Would be a blast to drive.

Still does not come close to the factory suspension on the Raptor. its all about wheel travel not lift. you can put the best fox shocks on your truck but unless you have those special a-arms that give you the wheel travel you just got a lifted truck at the end of the day that cost $100,000.

What's next? AMD Rebel?
Gas prices have spawned a new category of truck.
($1.80 for reg. here)

"So what did this 2018 Shelby F-150 ring up at? With almost every option Shelby offers (we wish there was a bigger brake package), the truck we drove cost just less than $107,000, not including the cost of the F-150 you need to purchase at a participating Ford dealership...."

For that price, I hope it comes with a fire extinguisher or two....

https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2018/12/too-warm-ford-recalls-nearly-900000-f-150s-over-block-heater-fault/

So what did this 2018 Shelby F-150 ring up at? With almost every option Shelby offers (we wish there was a bigger brake package), the truck we drove cost just less than $107,000, not including the cost of the F-150 you need to purchase at a participating Ford dealership.

That's my impression of every ford I've driven, the brakes weren't large enough for the load rating they had.

The price information in this article is wrong. The $107k price DOES include the truck. These are purchased through special Ford Dealers.
I own a 2017 F150 Shelby Super Snake.

"I own a 2017 F150 Shelby Super Snake..."
Posted by: Ken McGee | Dec 24, 2018 11:17:27 PM

Ken, I can’t imagine what you must be feeling right now, but I want you to know that we are just a phone call away. My heartfelt condolences. Just know that we are here for you, please don’t hesitate to reach out, especially during this difficult time.

Shelby didn't and his company doesn't waste its time on Chevy.

What a wast of money , no brainer,,

@Clt - speaking about wasting time....I hope your wife brings a date to your funeral.



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