Shelby F-150 and Baja Raptor Head to the Sands of the Middle East
Shelby’s high performance F-150 packages will be loads of fun in one of the world’s biggest deserts.
According to Wikipedia, the Arabian Desert is the fifth-largest desert in the world, but that includes Antarctica and the Arctic Circle, both of which are “polar ice and tundra”. When it comes to sandy dunes, perfect for playing with a high performance off-road pickup, the Arabian Peninsula is the center of the world’s third-largest desert. With all of that sand and plenty of vast, open spaces, off-road trucks are a popular toy for the wealthy and with that in mind, it makes perfect sense that Shelby American would be interested in marketing their high-performance pickups in that market.
According to DriveArabia, limited numbers of the Shelby F-150 and the Shelby Baja Raptor will be shipped to the United Arab Emerites, bringing big American pickup power to the Middle East.
The Shelby F-150 Pickups
Shelby American will sell two trucks in the UAE; the Shelby F-150 that is based on the V8-powered “normal” Ford F-150 and the Shelby Baja Raptor that is based on the EcoBoost-powered Ford Raptor.
Those of you who are familiar with these trucks likely recall that the Shelby F-150 was introduced prior to the arrival of Raptor and prior to the introduction of the Ford-built performance truck, the Shelby F-150 was the best option for a turnkey, off-road, high performance pickup. Once Ford rolled out the Raptor, Shelby American offered up their Baja package, taking a slightly different approach than their V8-powered trucks.
The Shelby F-150 (shown above with the white stripes) is powered by the 5.0-liter V8, but thanks to a supercharger and a handful of other engine upgrades, this truck delivers 755 horsepower. The package also adds unique bodywork from front to back, big wheels and tires, rear traction bard and the Shelby-engineered Fox suspension system upgrade.
Shelby Baja Raptor
The Shelby Baja Raptor is based on the Ford F-150 Raptor, so it is powered by the highest-performance variant of the 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6. Shelby has increased the output from 450 horsepower and 510 lb-ft of torque to 525 horsepower and 610 lb-ft of torque.
More importantly, The Baja Raptor package adds adjustable Fox Racing Stage 2 suspension at all four corners along with 18-inch wheels wrapped in high performance off-road rubber.
Of course, like all Shelby vehicles, the Baja Raptor has unique bodywork and plenty of branding all around, including front bucket seats with custom embroidery.
The Shelby F-150 with the 755-horsepower V8 starts at Dhs 446,145 in the UAE, or around $122,000 US dollars while the Shelby Baja Raptor with the worked EcoBoost V6 starts at Dhs 524,895, or around $143,000 USD. With prices like that, these are not trucks that the average driver in the UAE will run out and buy, but for the rich kids who leave their wrecked Ferraris on the side of the street, the Shelby pickups might prove to be a bit more durable for blasting through the sand.