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Shelby Builds A Raptor
If the 411 hp coming from the stock Raptor pickup just isn’t enough power, Shelby American can build you a Raptor that puts out 575 horses. The company carrying on Carroll Shelby’s work with Cobras and specially modified Mustangs is now assembling a limited number of Raptors with an emissions-legal Whipple supercharger on top of the 6.2L V-8, plus a Shelby Stinger exhaust system, Shelby graphics, a custom interior, and a number of tire-and-wheel options. The Shelby package adds nearly $18,000 to the cost of the Raptor; throw on the tires and wheels and you’re in for another $3,400. Visit www.shelbyamerican.com for more info.
Shelby American can build a Raptor that puts out 575 horses
New Limited Edition Raptor
Ford, too, is tweaking the Raptor, though not as extensively as Shelby. New for 2014 is the Raptor Special Edition, featuring Ruby Red Metallic paint and fresh box-side graphics on the outside and new seat upholstery with red bolsters and black inserts on the inside. (You can get the Special Edition in Tuxedo Black paint too.) Mechanically this Raptor is unchanged from the standard model. Look for the Raptor Special Edition on sale this fall.
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GM Announces Power, Pricing, Fuel Economy for ’14 Pickups
The first of the ’14 Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra 1500 pickups to go on sale this spring will be crew cabs powered by the new 5.3L EcoTec3 V-8. GM is rating that engine at 355 hp at 5,600 rpm and 383 lb-ft of torque at 4,100 rpm, with more than 300 lb-ft of torque available from 2,000 to 5,600 rpm. The maximum tow rating for that engine will be 11,500 pounds (in a double-cab 2WD model), though we assume the 4WD tow ratings will be lower.
The 4x4 pickups powered by the 5.3 will be rated at 16 mpg city, 22 mpg highway and 18 mpg combined. That is best-in-class fuel economy when compared to the V-8s in competing 4x4 pickups (and even Ford’s EcoBoost V-6).
Regular- and double-cab models will go on sale in the summer and fall, as will the truck’s other engines, the standard 4.3L V-6 and optional 6.2L V-8, both based on the same EcoTec3 architecture as the 5.3. Power and fuel economy data for those two engines will be released later this year.
What will they cost? Only the base prices were released, and these are for V-6 powered trucks that won’t be available at first. (Yeah, we’re confused too.) For Chevrolet, the Silverado 1500 2WD will start at $24,585 for a regular cab, $28,610 for a double cab, and $32,710 for a crew cab (including $995 destination charge). We were not able to get corresponding base prices for 4x4 models at the time of publication.
We did get that from GMC, however. For 2WDs, the regular/double/crew cab base prices are $25,085, $29,110, and $33,210, respectively. The 4x4 versions will cost $29,025, $33,090 and $36,360. So you can probably estimate that the same $3,000-$4,000 premium will be added to Chevy’s 4x4 base prices.
This Just In
• The 2013 winners of the Outstanding Trails Program, presented by BFGoodrich, Tread Lightly!, and the United Four Wheel Drive Associations, are the Dutch John Trail at the Uwharrie National Forest in Troy, North Carolina; Kansas Rocks Recreation Park in Mapleton, Kansas; and Truckhaven in Salton Sea, California. During the year, BFG will be at club events associated with these trails to present a $4,000 grant to each local club to assist in the preservation of trail access.
• Chrysler is recalling some 7,000 ’13 Ram HD models, many still on dealer lots, due to an engine cover for the Cummins diesel that “has less heat resistance than intended,” says the official release from Chrysler. According to Automotive News, one of the shields caused an underhood fire in a Ram 3500 during testing at the Chelsea Proving Grounds.
• Sport Truck USA has acquired JKS Manufacturing. JKS developed the original sway bar quick-disconnect system and specializes in manufacturing suspension products for Jeep vehicles. Sport Truck USA is the parent company of BDS Suspension, Zone Off-road Products, and 4x4 Posi-Lok.
• FullDroopTV is a new television show about building prerunners and other off-road vehicles. It airs weekly on the Dish Network and DirecTV, and then episodes are loaded onto www.fulldrooptv.com and YouTube.
• Hyundai is considering introducing a pickup truck to the U.S. market, according to Automotive News. Hyundai dealers, who are having a lot of success with coupes, sedans, and crossovers, are asking for a pickup to augment their lineup. No word yet as to whether it will be a compact or fullsize truck, or whether it will be for the U.S. only.
• We thought the people at Honda were joking when they announced that an onboard vacuum would be available on the latest model of the Odyssey minivan. They weren’t. So we weren’t quite sure what was going on when Honda unveiled a “HondaHair” attachment for the vacuum—“the perfect complement to the do-it-yourself mobile haircut movement”—until we spotted the April 1 dateline on the press release.
Durango Upgraded for 2014
Dodge’s three-row SUV gets many of the same upgrades for the ’14 model year as the Grand Cherokee does, including an eight-speed automatic transmission that Dodge says will improve the Durango’s fuel economy by up to nine percent. The front and rear fasciae have been restyled, with LED lights available at both ends. Inside, the Durango can be fitted with an 8.4-inch touchscreen to control Chrysler’s latest version of the Uconnect infotainment system.
Why do we care? A careful reading of the Durango’s specs revealed the MP 3022 transfer case, available behind the 5.7L Hemi, with full-time AWD and a lockable, 2.72 low-range ratio. It may not be “trail rated,” but it could be a viable alternative to the Grand if you prefer the Durango’s styling.