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Shelby Baja 700 is a Ford F-150 Raptor with extra bonkers

Shelby's even faster version of Ford's ultimate American pick-up gets performance mods to produce nearly 700bhp

Although it's been on sale over in the US for five years now, the rough-and-tough Ford F-150 SVT Raptor is still one of the fastest and most capable pick-up trucks on the market. But it seems 411bhp from a 6.2-litre V8 isn't enough for some, so iconic tuning firm Shelby is on hand to satisfy those after something more unhinged.

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As the name suggests, the Shelby Baja 700 performance pick-up gets a faintly ridiculous 700hp thanks to a beefier 2.9-litre supercharger and a new throttle body, injectors, heat exchanger and a new exhaust system built by Borla. Those additions promise to turn an already loud and overbearing pick-up into a downright anti-social one.

Given that horsepower figure is more than twice that of the Ford F150 Raptor model equipped with a 5.4-litre V8 we tested in 2010, it should offer a 0-62mph time approaching the magic five-second mark. The top speed will likely be limited by aerodynamics and tyres but this thing will still give most sports cars a serious fright. 

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But the Shelby Baja 700 isn't purely about straight-line pace, as Carroll Shelby's engineers have reworked the chassis to make it even more unstoppable off-road. Three-inch King coilovers, racing shocks and bushes, and specialist off-road tyres should ensure the Baja handles as well as it shifts.

The downside? The Baja 700 costs around twice as much as the standard model, at $90,000. That's around £60,000 for a pick-up but the problems don't stop there as only 50 examples will be sold over in the States. That means you're highly unlikely to see a tuned Raptor tearing past your local village Post Office any time soon.

Now check out our round-up of the best pick-up trucks on sale in the UK...

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