Unveiled as a limited edition, the 2023 Shelby F-250 Super Baja combines the monstrous torque of a turbocharged V8 with a long list of off-road-oriented modifications. It's equally at home in the desert or on a construction site, but its versatility comes at a steep price.

It doesn't take a trained eye to tell the Super Baja apart from a standard Ford F-250 in a parking lot. Aside from the Shelby-specific exterior details, which include a hood with a functional scoop, additional LED lighting, and a bed rack system that can hold two spare tires, the Super Baja sits much higher than the truck it's based on. That's thanks in part to a new suspension system co-developed with Fox.

Changes include a lift kit, front coilovers, and adjustable shocks on both axles. Shelby also added 20-inch wheels wrapped in 37-inch tires to compete the look. We're told the modifications increase suspension travel and improve off-road handling. These updates are similar to the ones Shelby made to the original Super Baja, but the 2023 model is based on the updated version of the truck.

Shelby didn't make any major mechanical changes to the truck, so power comes from a 6.7-liter turbodiesel V8 rated at 475 horsepower and 1,050 pound-feet (1,423 Nm) of torque. It spins the rear or all four wheels via a 10-speed automatic transmission and a two-speed transfer case. 

Production of the 2023 Shelby F-250 Super Baja is limited to 300 units for the American market. Pricing starts at $154,995 excluding options and destination, so this truck costs as much as a very nice sports car. As a trade-off, it comes highly equipped with features like power side steps, carbon fiber interior trim and leather upholstery, and each build is covered by a three-year, 36,000-mile Shelby-backed warranty plan. The company notes that the Ford-backed powertrain warranty plan remains in effect.

“The Ford Shelby F-250 Super Baja has been one of the most popular vehicles in the Shelby lineup since we introduced it in 2021,” said Gary Patterson, president of Shelby American. “Lessons learned through brutal testing both on and off road resulted in a dual-purpose vehicle that can conquer jobs requiring maximum towing capacity and then deliver serious off-road adventure. The 2023 Shelby F-250 Super Baja has the capabilities expected of a pickup wearing our legendary brand.”

Source: Shelby

Евгений Ушаков
Evgenii Ushakov
15 years driving