2023 Shelby Raptor Off-Road Beast – Shelby gives the Ford F-150 Raptor 525 Ponies of eye candy that will take you anywhere. Shelby promises this off-road machine will take you from cruising the asphalt to sand dunes with ease, thanks to its massive tires and state-of-the-art suspension.
2023 Shelby Raptor Off-Road Beast Review
Shelby American president Gary Patterson says this F-150 Raptor model is Shelby’s most “polished off-road truck yet.” He cites a lineup that includes Shelby F-150 Super Snake and Shelby F-150 trucks as well as the Shelby F-250 Super Baja. Shelby’s interior is elegant with details like the Baja Raptor-embroidered floormats and the embroidered leather interior. The cabin also features gratuitous carbon fiber accents, which are just for sportiness from the driver’s seat.
The Shelby Raptor is equipped with standard over-the-air updates as well as a “connected experience”, which includes digital trail maps and shareable digital trails. The FordPass mobile app is also available so that you can remotely check on your truck. The Shelby Raptor’s exterior looks great, thanks to its imposing front and back steel bumpers as well as numerous LED lights (including a 30-inch curve light bar, two 10-inch driving lamps, and a 50-inch powder-actuated lightbar, to name just a few). The bed chase rack holds not one but two 37-inch spare tires. This is handy in case you need to use it as a support vehicle during a nighttime desert rally.
Patterson says that even though the Shelby Raptor isn’t cheap on creature comforts, the Shelby Raptor still has the “capabilities” to back up its bold appearance. This suspension is heavy-duty and features 2.5-inch FOX Live shocks with top-of-the-line internal bypass technology. It also has adjustable dual-speed controls. The 18-inch alloy rims with 37-inch BFG KM3 Mud terrain tires are the most prominent off-road party item. These tires are a huge addition to the Shelby Raptor’s appearance. However, all that rubber should be useful off-road.
The Shelby Raptor receives a custom cold air performance intake system. This tune boosts Ford’s Performance EcoBoost twin-turbo V6 to 525 horsepower (from the stock 450 horsepower) and 610-pound feet of torque. Note: To achieve these numbers, you will need to use 93-octane gasoline. Shelby claims that the suspension design and the techy engine management software allow the truck to direct more torque to its rear wheels, resulting in faster starts off the line and quicker acceleration. This is great if your off-roader is a drag car when the lights turn green.
The Off-Road Competition
How does the Shelby Raptor compare to the rest? The price is one of the biggest problems. The nearest competitor is the RAM 1500 TRX which costs a little less but has similar dealer adjustments. Although the TRX doesn’t have as much rubber (35s versus 37s), it does have a lot more power (702 horsepower versus 525). The Shelby name, appearance, and upgrades are what the TRX does not have. The Shelby badge represents a rare-edition motorsports heritage. Perhaps owning a Shelby Ford F-150 Raptor may be as much about showing off your off-road bling, as it is about actually getting on the road.
2023 Shelby Raptor Off-Road Beast Pricing
Shelby Ford F-150 Raptor starting at $124,820 MSRP. Limited quantities will be available through selected Ford and Tuscany dealers in North America.