In the current age of dinosaur trucks like the Ford F-150 Raptor and Ram 1500 TRX, it’s crucial to have the loudest roar. The Ram 1500 TRX may have a V8, but now the 2021 Ford F-150 Shelby has upped the ante with even more power.
The 2021 Ford F-150 Shelby gains V8 power
We’ve been waiting to get a taste of more power with the 2022 Ford F-150 Raptor R, but now we might not have to wait as long. The 2021 Ford F-150 Shelby just arrived, packing a serious punch.
It has a base engine that’s a naturally aspirated V8 with 395 hp. You can upgrade to the supercharged V8 for 775 hp. The engine is similar to the 5.0-liter Coyote that’s found in the Shelby Mustang with 760 hp and 625 lb-ft of torque.
The 2021 Ram 1500 TRX has a supercharged 6.2-liter V8 Hellcat with 702 hp and 650 lb-ft of torque. But here’s the catch. This truck is expensive. The base model starts at around $107,080, and the supercharged model begins at about $114,980. So, if you’re going to pay over $100k for a truck, then it’s probably safe to pay an extra $7,000 for the supercharged version. Also, the Ram 1500 TRX begins at about 702 hp.
What does the Ford F-150 Shelby come with?
The 2021 Ford F-150 Shelby enhances the powertrain with a Whipple supercharger and a Borla exhaust system. You’ll also find a high-flow intake, high-flow fuel injectors, a custom thrilled body, carbon-fiber piping, and more cooling.
This truck includes a BDS lift system, the same Fox internal bypass shocks that are found in the Raptor, rear traction bars, and 22-inch Shelby wheels that are wrapped in 35-inch BFGoodrich All-Terrain KO2 tires.
You can use the adjustable speed control and tune the suspension for the optimal experience on the road, rock crawling, or off-roading. There was a Shelby Raptor model for 2018 and 2020, but this model enhances the regular F-150 instead of the 2021 Raptor.
The F-150 Shelby features a vented hood, Shelby grille, and iconic Shelby stripes to look as tough as it is. It includes custom side vents, fender flares, and an aerodynamically shaped tonneau cover too.
How is the F-150 Shelby interior?
The 2021 Ford F-150 Shelby uses the current F-150 interior for inspiration. The plush interior includes Shelby leather covers for the seats along with carbon-fiber accents and metal pedals. You’ll notice Shelby badging in multiple places and a numbered plaque in the engine bay.
There is a Shelby Snake badged console lid, snake embroidered headrests, Shelby floor mats, and deep tinted windows too. The rear bumper color, door handles, and side mirrors are painted body color. Also, the tech allows for over-the-air updates.
If you want a 2021 F-150 Shelby, you better get moving. Production is limited to 600 units for the 2021 model year. Each truck will come with its own serial number and will be included in the official Shelby registry.
But don’t panic if you miss out on this truck. The 2022 Ford Raptor R is on the way and should include a similar engine and amount of power. However, it may feature additional off-roading upgrades. We will keep you updated as we learn more.