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Ford has had a spectacular year. The American automaker has captured the attention of consumers with its amazing lineup. Ford only seems to be improving, and preorders for some of its newest vehicles are filled. The introduction of the 2021 Shelby F-150 proves that the American automaker still has more surprises in store this year.

History of the Ford F-150

A red Ford F-150 in the snow.
The Ford F-150 | Ford

The Ford F-150 was first introduced in 1975 as a way for Ford to get around emission restrictions with a heavy-duty truck. Over the years, Ford has completely reinvented the F-150. It has built the reputation of one of the most powerful and reliable Ford trucks, which is very high praise considering the brand’s prestige.

Many different trims, body styles, and new features have enhanced the Ford F-150 nameplate, and it only seems to be getting better with age. In 1988 the Ford F-150 included the powerful V8 Triton engine, establishing the F-150 as an affordable and powerful truck. The 2003 model year showcased its towing capabilities. The 2009 model introduced the Platinum trim. Its big body and comfy interior set the tone for the years to come.

The 2012 Ford F-150 won MotorTrend’s Truck of the Year award. It combined a tough-looking exterior with convenient features like neutral-tow assist and hill assist. The 2015 Ford F-150 introduced aluminum bodies. The aluminum bettered the truck from a performance and strength standpoint. The 2015 F-150 was an all-around amazing truck, checking all boxes from great fuel economy to towing capacity.

A league of its own

The Ford F-150 Raptor.
The Ford F-150 Raptor | Ford

The Ford F-150 Raptor originally debuted in 2008. It was designed using aftermarket parts to make the F-150 a better off-road vehicle. The 2008 model was impressive, but the 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor made the biggest impact. The 2017 Raptor quickly became the pinnacle of power and style for pickup trucks. It reminded consumers that the F-150 still has more to show us despite the nameplate being decades old.

The Ford F-150 Lightning is Ford’s latest attempt to electrify its lineup. The F-150 Lighting will be Ford’s first electric pickup truck. While the addition of an electric pickup truck is extremely exciting, there’s another F-150 that may be the most impressive of all existing versions and trims. The Shelby F-150 is an entirely different type of pickup truck.

The 2021 Shelby F-150

A Shelby F150 Power Pickup can be seen under colorful light in Essen, Germany, 23 October 2017.
The Shelby F-150 | Marcel Kusch/picture alliance via Getty Images

Shelby is seen as Ford’s performance wing because of Carroll Shelby’s extensive work on the Ford AC Cobra and Ford Mustang. Shelby has produced some of the most iconic Ford models to date, taking American muscle to the next level. The Shelby F-150 is the best of both worlds. It takes the brawn of the F-150 and marries it to the performance of a Shelby model.

The Shelby F-150 Super Snake Sport was originally just an idea in Shelby American’s research and development department. The concept was to create a performance truck that was as exciting as possible while still being street-legal. The result was one of the fastest trucks in existence.

The 2021 Shelby F-150 deviates from the Super Snake and gives the 2021 Ford F-150 a monstrous performance and off-road makeover. The goal behind this Shelby F-150’s design was to conquer all sorts of terrain, hence its upgraded suspension and aluminum shocks. The highest trim includes a supercharged V8 engine that can make 775 horsepower.

The 2021 Shelby F-150 proudly displays the Shelby logo on its grille and boasts exactly the type of performance you would expect from its souped-up truck. It is prepared for highway cruisin’, tearing up a track, or battling nature off-road. The most powerful trim starts at $114,980 according to Motor1. With only a few hundred models being produced, the 2021 Shelby F-150 will be a rare and awesome sight to behold.


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