Shelby F-250 Super Baja Has Amazing Off-Road Capabilities And Best-In-Class Towing
Shelby American has done it again. What is “it”? They’ve put their own, classic, performance-focused spin on a Ford truck. This time it’s the 2021 Ford F-250.
The F-250 Super Duty is already capable and rugged, but tricked out by Shelby American takes this three-quarter ton truck to new levels of performance, including more than 1,000 foot-pounds of torque.
By combining Ford’s incredible 6.7-liter Power Stroke turbo diesel churning out 1,050 lb.-ft. of torque with a Shelby-tuned advanced off-road suspension system, the three-quarter ton truck delivers both serious off-road capabilities with best-in-class towing. Only 250 of the limited-edition trucks will be available through select Ford dealers in the United States for the 2021 model year.
“The astounding capabilities of the Ford Shelby F-150 truck led to requests for a three-quarter ton truck that delivered maximum towing capacity and serious off-road capabilities,” said Gary Patterson, president of Shelby American. “We leveraged expertise gained from our Shelby Raptor and Shelby F-150 programs to create the Shelby F-250 Super Baja pickup.”
Building on the world-class Ford truck, the Shelby team carefully developed their version of the class-leading F-250. FOX performance created a suspension system that gives the truck a higher ride height, more travel and improved off-road handling. The Shelby F-250 Super Baja wears 18-inch alloy wheels bearing BFG KM3 37-inch tires, with a pair of spares mounted on a steel chase rack in the bed. The Shelby gets a functional Ram Air Hood with extraction vent, powder coated steel front and rear bumpers, tow points, air flow vents and LED lighting around the truck.
Features include painted front grille and fender flares, XL power steps with rock sliders and lights, bed liner, tinted windows and powder coated exhaust tips. Exterior Shelby stripes and badges proclaim the truck’s heritage.
“The amazing suspension on the Shelby F-250 Super Baja is engineered to handle a wide variety of terrain, from hard core off-roading to performance street driving,” said Vince LaViolette, Shelby American Vice President of Operations and Chief Designer. “It includes a custom BDS lift system, custom front radius arms and dual steering stabilizer. We install front coilovers with Fox adjustable reservoirs in the front and Factory Race adjustable shocks with piggyback reservoirs in the rear. We integrate functional bodywork to maximize our modifications. In addition to the spectacular torque, Ford’s V8 turbo diesel delivers a best in class 475 horsepower. With so much power and extraordinary handling, it is the ultimate heavy-duty truck.”
Shelby performance trucks are legendary for featuring comfortable, handsome interiors. The Shelby F-250 Super Baja has exclusive full leather seat covers, accents and embroidery, stainless steel gauges with a speedometer recalibration, custom carbon fiber accents, embroidered floor mats and billet racing pedals. Each comes with Shelby Super Baja badges and CSM serialized plate on the dash.
Now let’s look at some of the details of this limited-edition Super Duty.
Suspension details of Ford F-250 Super Baja
Shelby partnered with FOX in creating a proprietary suspension system engineered to handle a wide variety of needs from hard core off-roading to comfortable street driving. The system includes a BDS lift system, front radius arms, dual steering stabilizer, fully adjustable front coilovers with adjustable reservoirs in the front and Factory Race adjustable shocks with piggyback reservoirs in the rear.
Interior details of Ford F-250 Super Baja by Shelby
Shelby performance trucks are legendary for featuring comfortable, handsome interiors. The Shelby F-250 Super Baja has exclusive full leather seat covers, accents and embroidery, stainless steel gauges, custom carbon fiber accents, embroidered floor mats and billet racing pedals. Each comes with Shelby Super Baja badges and CSM serialized plate on the dash.
Shelby F-250 Super Baja rolls on 37s
The Shelby F-250 Super Baja features six 18-inch alloy wheels mounted to beefy BFG KM3 37-inch tires, with the two spares mounted on the steel chase rack in the bed.
How Much Does the F-250 Super Baja cost?
The amazing Shelby super truck has an MSRP starting at $125,805, including a Lariat Ultimate 4x4 Ford F-250. The trucks come with a 3 year/36,000-mile warranty. The powertrain warranty from Ford Motor Company remains intact.
Only 250 of the refined heavy-duty trucks will be offered through select Tuscany and Ford dealers across the United States. Each will be documented in the official Shelby Registry. Individuals interested in these or any other Shelby vehicle can visit their local dealer.
Not many of us have $125K to drop on a truck, but if you did, it’s hard to argue with this one. It checks all the boxes of everything you could want from a truck. I’m sure with all the love out there for the 7.3-liter Godzilla engine that some comments might say, this truck would be better with that gasoline-power engine instead. It’s hard to say. But clearly Shelby went with Ford’s best diesel engine instead for a reason.
I trust Shelby American and their team to make high-performance vehicles. What say you? Leave me your comments about this truck and if you think the Godzilla engine would’ve been a better choice.
Jimmy Dinsmore has been an automotive journalist for more than a decade and been a writer since the high school. His Driver’s Side column features new car reviews and runs in several newspapers throughout the country. He is also co-author of the book “Mustang by Design” and “Ford Trucks: A Unique Look at the Technical History of America’s Most Popular Truck”. Also, Jimmy works in the social media marketing world for a Canadian automotive training aid manufacturing company. Follow Jimmy on Facebook, Twitter, at his special Ford F-150 coverage on Twitter and LinkedIn. You can read the most of Jimmy's stories by searching Torque News Ford for daily Ford vehicle report.