Remembering the Power of the Ford F-150 SVT Raptor
It’s no surprise that pickup truck buyers look for power in their trucks. With tough jobs and rough riding sure to be ahead, many consumers know to look for a vehicle that can take the worst of what the road has to offer and come out swinging without a hint of wear and tear. When it comes to finding this kind of durable power, few can compare to a used Ford F-150 – but for those looking for a truck that’s as capable off-road as it is on the worksite, not many options still exist out there. That’s where the Ford F-150 SVT Raptor comes in – an impressive, off-road focused machine that channels all that power into some impressive adventure capabilities.
First introduced back in 2009 to key showrooms, the SVT Raptor trim ushered in a completely new view of what a mid-sized pickup could be. Combining a standard six-speed automatic transmission with two powerful engine options – the standard 310 horsepower, 365 pound-feet 5.4-liter engine or the boosted 411 horsepower and 434 pound-feet 6.2-liter option – the SVT Raptor F-150 provides plenty of power to take on those intense climbs and the roughest conditions with ease. Fox Racing Shox internal bypass shocks with external reservoirs allow for a comfortable 11-inch front and 12-inch rear suspension for easy climbing, while 35″ BFGoodrich All Terrain tires and a locking rear differential make clambering over rocky ridges that much more possible for any experienced driver.
Buyers could choose from a variety of unique paint color options for the Raptor SVT, including Tuxedo Black, Oxford White, Blue Flame, and Molten Orange with a “digital mud” decal scheme as available options for those drivers in search of something as stylish as it is powerful.
Ford also developed a limited race-ready edition, boasting a 6.2-liter engine rated at 500 hp built special for the 2009 Baja 100 races, a powertrain that worked so seamlessly that by 2011 the Raptor SVT would come with the 6.2-liter engine as its only option. This model year would also come with availability in a 4-door Super Crew cab option, as well as an all-new color called Ingot Silver Metallic – making the Raptor available in a total of five colors and two body styles for easy customizability to match its impressive performance.
But what, one might ask, sets the Raptor SVT apart from the basic Ford F-150, aside from the performance improvements? Simply take one look at the Raptor and you’ll notice subtle design changes that all work together to make one truly special machine. Most notably, the Raptor does away with the standard blue oval logo that Ford has for so long been associated, instead opting for a large Ford lettering across the grille. The Raptor also features a slightly widened track (7-inches longer) for a unique 5.5-foot box in the back for easy hauling both on- and off-trail. High-bolster seats, a special steering wheel, a redesigned center console and auxiliary switches connected to a pre-wired pass all make the ride something to be remembered, while the impressive 8,000-lb towing capacity means you’ll be able to get your cargo wherever you plan on taking your next adventure.
Although only one of many impressive options across the Ford F-150 model line, the Raptor SVT is not a machine to be quickly forgotten. Keep your eye out for this impressive vehicle – and don’t forget to respect the Raptor.