If there’s one market segment where any American carmaker would gladly pay top dollar to dominate, it’s the pickup truck one. Last year though, Ford gambled big and won the respect of many enthusiasts when it launched the Ford F-150 SVT Raptor.
The high-speed performance pickup truck, designed for offroading and desert runs, impressed almost everyone remotely interested in the subject, thanks to impressive engines, reliability and its sports car-like performance.
Now, the Blue Oval is at it again, and has revealed the improved 2011 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor. Among the main improvements we can see the addition of a SuperCrew four-door option, new technology and a new standard engine, capable of even more performance.
“When we launched the F-150 SVT Raptor, consumers were blown away with the capability of the vehicle,” said Jost Capito, director of global performance vehicles and motorsports business development. “By adding the SuperCrew, we have expanded the versatility of Raptor, and now even more enthusiasts will be able to experience the no-compromise off-road performance that only Raptor delivers.”
First off, the biggest change is under the massive bonnet of the F-150 SVT Raptor, as Ford has replaced the old 5.4-liter V8, which was standard on the 2010 Raptor, with the 6.2-liter V8 engine. The new unit can develop 411 HP with 434 lb-ft of torque. This makes the new Raptor the most powerful half-ton pickup on the market, according to Ford. The towing rating is at 8,000 pounds, while the engine has been tested in desert heat to ensure maximum reliability.
Another important change for the 2011 F-150 SVT Raptor is the addition of a SuperCrew cab option, bringing four-doors to the off-road ready pickup. While nobody complained of the standard two-door cab, it seems Ford will be offering this new option for those that want to take their family on desert rallies.
The new SuperCrew expands the length of the Raptor by 12 inches, but it still ensures that a 5.5-foot box will be ready to haul around your things.
“We spent a lot of time getting the ride and suspension characteristics of the SuperCrew similar to that of the SuperCab, and we were successful in getting the same character and flavor out of the SuperCrew,” said Jamal Hameedi, SVT chief nameplate engineer. “While the SuperCab and SuperCrew both have different strengths, each is worthy of the Raptor nameplate.”
The new performance pickup truck has also been equipped with a special 4.2-inch LCD productivity screen, taken from the 2011 Super Duty pickup, which will display various data about the model. A special SelectShit automatic transmission is also included alongside the 6.2-liter V8.
The Raptor has also received a brand new color, Ingot Silver Metallic, that can be combined with either the standard black interior or the optional Molten Orange accent package. Hood graphics can also be had as an option, and include matte black accents. These can be coupled with the regular graphics depicting SVT or F-150 logos on the side.
Expect the 2011 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor to arrive in dealerships later this year, but you’d better start placing orders as soon as possible.