Su­per­sized pick-up heads to SA, along with hefty price tag


Business Day - Motor News - - MOTOR NEWS - Mark Smyth

There is a bat­tle go­ing on in the bakkie mar­ket and not just the usual sales bat­tle be­tween the Ford Ranger and Toy­ota Hilux. There is a per­for­mance bat­tle about to re­ally get un­der way too.

Over the years we have had the Nis­san Navara V9X with its 190kW and now the Volk­swa­gen Amarok V6 which later this year will also get 190kW. Mercedes now has its X-Class and later this year will add the po­tent X350d to the line-up.

Then there are those who want their bakkies to look like they have per­for­mance, the Ranger ac­ces­sories bri­gade. Next year Ford will launch the Ranger Rap­tor to shame many of them, but the Rap­tor is not strictly a per­for­mance model, it is an off-road per­former.

If you want real brute force then tra­di­tion­ally you have to look to the US, to mod­els like the Dodge Ram and the Ford F-150 Rap­tor or Shelby F-150 although these can’t come to SA be­cause they are left-hand drive only. Un­less some­one con­verts the Shelby to right-hand drive at a fa­cil­ity in Port El­iz­a­beth, some­one like Shelby SA for ex­am­ple.

The com­pany has an­nounced the leg­endary Shelby F-150 will be avail­able in SA later this year at a start­ing price of — you might want to sit down — R2.5m.

For that you do get a very big pick-up truck. Don’t call it a bakkie, that is just de­mean­ing. It is big enough that you need a Code 10 li­cence to drive it.

You also won’t get any sup­port from Ford as they will be im­ported by Shelby SA which will of­fer a three-year/ 50,000km warranty.

There will be a num­ber of de­riv­a­tives avail­able, but the range-top­per will be pow­ered by a 565kW Shelby-en­gi­neered, su­per­charged 5.0l V8.

“We are de­lighted to con­firm the or­der book is open for a limited num­ber of 565kW Shelby F150 bakkies to sat­isfy the ul­ti­mate needs of South African bakkie own­ers,” Shelby SA CEO Peter Lin­den­berg says. “Based on the Ford F-150, the Shelby F150 will be avail­able in stan­dard 565kW form or in ex­clu­sive Baja trim com­plete with a full Fox sus­pen­sion sys­tem. This par­tic­u­lar model has the all-new 3.5l V6 twin turbo mo­tor. The bakkies will be con­verted to right-hand drive at Hi-tech Au­to­mo­tive, Shelby’s ap­proved F-150 up­grade fa­cil­ity.

“We will only be build­ing a limited num­ber. Only 500 Shelby F150s will be built world­wide, with each one en­tered into the Shelby Amer­i­can Registry.”

As well as the en­gine up­grades, the mod­els will also ben­e­fit from styling ac­ces­sories to give the F-150 the real Shelby look, not least of which will be the leg­endary badg­ing and those full length rac­ing stripes. There will also be var­i­ous sus­pen­sion op­tions and BF Goodrich all-ter­rain tyres. In­side there will be a host of Shelby items, in­clud­ing a car­bon fi­bre in­te­rior pack­age and serial num­ber dash plaque.

We can only imag­ine the scene on the streets in 2019 when a Ford Ranger wannabe stops next to a real Ranger be­fore a Shelby F-150 pulls along­side. Pop­corn any­one?

Top: Few ve­hi­cles are go­ing to have the pres­ence of a Shelby F-150 on our roads. Above left: The in­te­rior gets the Shelby treat­ment. Left: The Shelby F-150 will come with power and off-road abil­ity.

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