hp @ 5,500 rpm
Only a year after its initial launch, the mighty F-150 SVT Raptor
is getting its first major makeover, one of which includes the
new Raptor SuperCrew cab option. A new integrated 4.2-inch LCD
screen mounted in the dash is also fitted to the 2011 F-150
The F-150 Raptor now comes as standard with
a 6.2 liter V8
Also, the previously optional 6.2-liter V8 engine, which produces
411 horsepower and 434 lb.-ft. of torque, now comes standard
"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."
The F-150 SVT Raptor is the first-ever high-speed off-road performance
truck offered by any manufacturer and highlights 33 years of
Ford truck sales leadership by emphasizing F-150’s Built Ford
Tough durability, innovation and engineering. Developed with
the DNA of an off-road pre-runner, comprehensive modifications
focused on chassis and suspension enhancements.
The F-150 SVT Raptor is 7 inches wider than a base F-150 to
make room for the additional suspension components that give
Raptor its unparalleled off-road abilities. The wider stance
also gives the truck an aggressive appearance. Internal triple-bypass
shocks by FOX Racing Shox – the first on a production truck
– provide position-sensitive damping and extra suspension travel
for extreme off-roading and a smooth ride on the road.
Raptor also has unique cast-aluminum front control arms and
SVT-tuned 35-inch BFGoodrich® All-Terrain TA/KO 315/70-17 tires.
These components give Raptor 11.2 inches of front suspension
travel and 12.1 inches of rear suspension travel on either SuperCab
or the new SuperCrew.
The new available 145-inch-wheelbase SuperCrew offering with
a 5.5-foot box adds to the extensive list of F-150 SVT Raptor
features. While contributing additional space and flexibility
for the customer, the SuperCrew delivers performance as well.
Applying lessons learned from the SuperCab F-150 SVT Raptor,
engineers were able to tune the truck to handle off-road events
with ease. The 12-inch-longer wheelbase on SuperCrew also delivers
the benefit of a more comfortable ride, especially in rough
"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
A larger 36-gallon fuel tank and increased towing capability
– rated at 8,000 pounds – keep F-150 SVT Raptor SuperCrew a
mainstay in the desert environment, with capabilities as a chase
or tow truck.
The previously optional 6.2-liter V8 engine, which produces
411 horsepower and 434 lb.-ft. of torque, will now be the standard
engine for the 2011 F-150 SVT Raptor, the most powerful half-ton
pickup on the market.
The Ford powertrain team performed extensive testing to ensure
the engine would live up to the Built Ford Tough promise. Hundreds
of additional tests beyond the normal verification of truck
engines, as well as vehicle testing on a 62-mile durability
loop in the desert that simulates the Baja 1000, validated the
performance of the engine for reliability and longevity in the
Raptor’s exterior also receives some new touches for 2011, in
the form of an additional paint color - Ingot Silver Metallic
- that will be available with the standard black interior, or
the optional Molten Orange Interior Accent Package.
A new optional hood graphic adds a personalized and functional
touch to F-150 SVT Raptor. Inspired by older off-road racing
Ford Broncos, matte black accent graphics – including the F-150
SVT Raptor logo – run along the hood, also helping to reduce
glare. The Raptor logo in the graphic is done in body-color
bleed-through, similar to "SVT" on the side vent.
"F-150" and "SVT" are written in dark gray.
The graphic is available with or without the box side graphics.
Key to helping customers take advantage of all the capability
offered by the F-150 SVT Raptor is a standard 4.2-inch LCD (liquid
crystal display) productivity screen that is integrated in the
center of the new instrument gauges, which have a black face,
red pointers and ice blue daytime lighting. Also used on the
all-new 2011 Super Duty, the technology was specifically tailored
for off-road use with Raptor.
The screen includes a unique welcome animation and offers menu
options giving the customer important information related to
off-road and towing performance. A truck application screen
provides vehicle status information for important off-road parameters
such as off-road mode, Hill Descent Control, electronic locking
differential settings and AdvanceTrac with RSC (Roll Stability
An off-road screen informs the customer about steering wheel
angle and vehicle angle on a grade during off-road maneuvers.
The menu is navigated through a five-way button on the steering
wheel and is positioned between the tachometer and speedometer.
"The productivity screen is a great solution for our
off-road customers," said Hameedi. "With one
glance, they can tell exactly what settings are enabled on their
truck and what the driveline is doing."
For the customer who wants more control of transmission gear
selection, SelectShift Automatic transmission functionality
also is introduced on Raptor. A toggle switch located on the
console shift lever engages the mode, where the transmission
doesn’t second-guess the driver, giving him or her total control
over gear selection and performance feel. Upshifts, for instance,
are not commanded at redline, and downshifts are allowed at
the lowest gear possible as defined by the engine speed.
A Raptor Plus Package debuts for 2011, offering the rear view
camera and trailer brake controller. The Raptor Luxury Package
also receives additional features, with folding power exterior
mirrors and Remote Start System with integrated key fob added
to the list.