2017 Shelby Raptor: When 450 Horsepower Isn’t Enough

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Shelby enters the fray of high-performance Ford trucks with an exclusive 525-horsepower Raptor.

Forget the original horsepower wars of the ’60s muscle car era. There isn’t a doubt that we’re living in the golden age of internal combustion power. Heck, just about every SUV, sedan, hatchback, and truck has over 300 hp these days, and a stock Ford Raptor can literally blow away high-performance cars from just a few years ago. The good news is, if you want more, an American company can now lend you a helping hand!

Behold the 2017 Shelby Raptor. The 525-hp and 610 lb-ft of torque this thing pumps out are worthy of a bald eagle flying out of its bulging hood. But you might say, didn’t Shelby create a 750-hp F-150 Super Snake and Hennessey a 605-hp VelociRaptor? Why the heck would Shelby build something newer with less power? The answer is because not everybody needs a 600+ hp truck. In fact, no one does.

According to this nice walkaround video by Kunes Country, they’re only going to build about 150 of them, and this is the first ever Raptor to wear the legendary name. Shelby also teamed up with Tuscany Automotive to build the beast, and that’s what sets this high-performance Raptor apart from the rest.

Shelby also teamed up with Tuscany Automotive to build the beast, and that’s what sets this high-performance Raptor apart from the rest.

As you might imagine, Shelby takes care of all of the suspension and powertrain tuning on the truck. Then they turn it over to Tuscany, Ford’s leading secondary outfitter to handle all the body work and interior bits.

So, in essence, you get the best of both worlds, and in this case, the optional Baja package adds goodies like beefier bumpers and a bed rack with a retractable light bar.

Altogether the 2017 Shelby Raptor is a welcome addition to the high-performance Ford truck scene. Like the Super Snake, it’s a very exclusive piece of kit, and at $135,620 obviously a very expensive one.

If you want the only Raptor that carries the most legendary name in automotive and racing history, it’s your only option. At least for now.

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Brett Foote is a longtime contributor to Internet Brands’ Auto sites, including Chevrolet Forum, Rennlist, and Ford Truck Enthusiasts, among other sites.

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