Ford’s high-performance off-roader Raptor pickup gets a lot of press, but what if you find its turbocharged engine, widened fenders and trail-tackling suspension to be a little soft? Ford has an answer for you: It’s called the Shelby F-150, and it has 700 freaking horsepower.
Officially revealed at the SEMA show last year and on display at the Chicago Auto Show, Shelby’s version of the Ford F-150 isn’t just a tuner’s dream truck; it’s actually on sale at select Ford dealers nationwide thanks to a joint venture between Ford and Tuscany Motor Company, who builds the pickup in Elkhart, Indiana. Oh, and one other thing: It costs $99,000.
Here’s how it breaks down. The truck is based on a standard Ford F-150, then enhanced with a improved suspension designed to let drivers “adjust for precision suspension tuning for high-performance handling on any terrain.” The truck also gets 18-inch wheels with BF Goodrich off-road tires. And then there’s the engine: You can choose between a standard 395-hp 5.0-liter V8 for $85,500 or a 700-hp supercharged V8 for $99,000, which strikes us as pretty good value for only $13,500 extra.
Interested? Ford says it will team up with Tuscany Motor Company to make just 500 Shelby F-150 models. Make ours blue with the big engine, please.