Meet The Shelby Turbo Diesel

Shelby Turbo Diesel Ford Super Duty

Ever since Shelby American decided to start cranking out specialized F-150s, fans of the bigger Ford Super Duty pickup trucks have felt somewhat left out. Well, Shelby decided to change that for F-Series models at SEMA 2019.

Meet the new Shelby Turbo Diesel Ford F-250 and F-350 pickup trucks. Let’s get this out of the way early, the only performance upgrade you’ll find under the hood is a cold air intake. Yep, because of the current regulatory environment surrounding diesel engines, that’s it. But realistically, how much more than the 440 showroom stock horsepower and 860 lb-ft of twist does one really require?

The real work went into spiffing up the aesthetics of these Ford Super Duty big boi workhorses. The custom exterior upgrades include a dual nostril Shelby ram air hood, automatic running boards, heavy-duty off-road style front and rear bumpers, new side exit Borla exhaust tips, Shelby’s iconic stripes, Shelby badges, a new “SHELBY” grille insert, along with a “SHELBY” tailgate cover.

Other exterior touches include a stylish set of 20-inch forged aluminum wheels wrapped with high-performance jumbo rubber and an LED lighting package that could probably blind an air-force base. Even though there’s nothing much going on under the hood you’ll still find a special plate bearing the official Shelby serial number in the engine bay, along with the name of the Shelby American technician who built the truck.

Inside, the team from Shelby American adds a Katzkins premium interior designed for both work and play, which is accented with a Shelby carbon fiber appearance package. As with all Shelby
vehicles, you’ll also find a unique Shelby American Registry serial number on the dash in each of these special Ford Super Duty muscle trucks.

According to Shelby, the Turbo Diesel package will be made available on F-250 and F-350 models in both single rear wheel and dual rear wheel configurations. The F-450 is excluded from the program at this time.

Written by Manoli Katakis

Muscle Cars & Trucks was founded by Manoli Katakis - an automotive media veteran that has been covering the latest car news since 2009. His journalism has uncovered dozens of major product changes, updates, plans, and cancellations long before automakers were ready to make things official.

Some highlights over the years of his reporting include the uncovering of the Zora trademark before anybody else reported on the coming of a mid-engine Corvette, as well as the dead-accurate reporting of the coming of the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2, two years before it hit the market, and even before the debut of the concept vehicle. This type of reporting has immediately continued here, with reports of the original seventh-generation Camaro plans being shelved, as well as what's in store for the Chevrolet Silverado.

Some of his work can be found on massive automotive media outlets, such as Motor1. He also has been a guest on the 910AM Radio Station with Detroit News auto critic Henry Payne, as well as the enthusiast-oriented Camaro Show podcast.

Over the years, Manoli has interviewed various automotive industry titans, leaders, and people that make things happen otherwise. These include figureheads such as GM CEO Mary Barra, GM President Mark Reuss, automotive aftermarket icon Ken Lingenfelter, Dodge firebrand Tim Kuniskis, along with various chief engineers of vehicles such as the Ford F-150 & Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro & Corvette, and many more.

At MC&T, Manoli is taking his journalism expertise, deeply planted sources, driving abilities, and automotive industry knowledge to new levels, covering more vehicles and brands than ever before. This is the place where you will continue to read groundbreaking stories about American performance vehicles, pickup trucks, and sport utility vehicles. Here is where you’ll also read insights and quotes from various automotive subject matter experts on the latest relevant products, as well as some of the latest official news from their manufacturers.

Fun facts: he also once beat Corvette Racing driver Tommy Milner in an autocross with a Chevrolet Bolt EV. The biggest vehicle he’s ever driven is a John Deere mining truck. Besides a go-kart, the smallest vehicle he’s driven has been a Hyundai i10. He’s also spent time in the cockpit of various American performance vehicle icons, including the fifth-generation Chevrolet Camaro Z/28, Dodge Challenger Demon, and Ford Mustang GT350R. He has reviewed dozens of trucks, SUVs, and performance vehicles over the years.

One of his favorite new vehicles on the market today happens to be the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison. He is also a card carrying member of the Sports Car Club of America, and regularly participates in Detroit Region autocross events.

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