Shelby is putting the fastest street-legal pickup, a modified 2020 Ford F-150, into limited production and making it available through the Ford dealer network
Only 250 Shelby F-150 Super Snake Sport pickups will be produced by Shelby American, a wholly owned subsidiary of Carroll Shelby International. After its world debut at the recent SEMA show in Las Vegas, the limited-edition pickup will have its public debut at the Barrett-Jackson Auction in Scottsdale, Arizona, early in the new year.
“The Shelby F-150 Super Snake Sport was initially an R&D exercise to build a street legal truck that could deliver blistering performance,” said Gary Patterson, president of Shelby American. “The reactions from enthusiasts, the media and Shelby dealers were amazing. In fact, they petitioned us very hard to put it into production. Our team fast tracked the development process and we’ll begin manufacturing the super trucks in Las Vegas during the first quarter of 2020.”
The meaner and more-aero truck features a Shelby-specific lowered suspension, custom 22-inch aluminum wheels, a new brake system and a rumbling exhaust note from its 5.0-litre V-8 engine (it’s available with a naturally aspirated engine or a supercharged version that puts out 770 hp. The Zero-100 km/h sprint reportedly takes less than four seconds and 160 km/h (100 mph) comes around in about 8.3 seconds.
“While we’re most recognized for Shelby Cobras and Shelby Super Snake Mustangs, Shelby American pioneered performance trucks over 30 years ago,” said Vince LaViolette, Shelby American Vice President of Operations and Chief of R&D. “Fast forward to 2019 and our 4-door trucks are showing our stripes on roads worldwide. But we were missing a hot rod 2-door that could dust the competition.”
The exterior follows a function over form approach, with aerodynamic modifications including a new bumper and front fascia and a tonneau cover to make the air flow more smoothly around the large pickup. The production interior will also be more luxurious and feature some options that were not initially contemplated.
A collaboration with Ford Performance and other partners, the 2020 Shelby F-150 Super Snake Sport differs from the raw-performance concept shown at SEMA in that it is better equipped and uses a 4-wheel drivetrain.
MSRPs range from $86,085 US (roughly $114,000 Canadian) for the naturally aspirated version to $93,385 (about $124,000 Canadian) for the supercharged, 770-hp version. It comes with a 3-year/36,000-mile warranty. There is no word yet on whether the truck will be available in Canada.