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Ford reveals new 2011 F-150 SVT Raptor

Ford will add a four-door crew cab version of its F-150 SVT Raptor off-road performance pickup for the 2011 model year.

In addition to the new four-door model Ford will make the previously optional 411-horsepower 6.2-liter V8 standard equipment on 2011 Raptors.

The Raptor is seven inches wider than a standard F-150 to make room for a seriously upgraded suspension for high-speed off road racing. The Raptor rides on 35-inch Goodrich all-terrain tires. The crew cab Raptor should reach dealers late this year. Picture received Sept. 2,2010 from Ford Motor Company

Read more: Ford reveals new 2011 F-150 SVT Raptor | freep.com | Detroit Free Press http://www.freep.com/article/20100903/BUSINESS0102/100903013/1210/BUSINESS01/Ford-unveils-new-2011-F-150-SVT-Raptor#ixzz0yTCz5ZUk

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Bigger, meaner: Ford unveils F-150 Raptor SuperCrew

06:05 AM

In this politically correct age, it hardly seems like the time to be unveiling a supersized, horsepower-pumped pickup truck for thumping through the dirt, but that's exactly what Ford is unleashing. Meet the politically incorrect four-door 2011 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor with its standard 6.2-liter V-8 engine.

It makes the two-door Raptor already out of the market look like a Tonka toy. This one, the SuperCab or SuperCrew, is seven inches wider than a base F-150 and at least more than a foot longer. It's tall, too, because of the triple shocks with more than a foot of travel.

"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.

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.

The 6.2-liter V-8 engine produces 411 horsepower and 434 lb.-ft. of torque is the standard engine for the 2011 F-150 SVT Raptor. Ford bills it as "the most powerful half-ton pickup on the market." Gas mileage?:

Plenty thirsty, but no official numbers yet.

Inside, the LCD screen includes information just for off-roaders. 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 Roll Stability Control. it also informs drivers about 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."

Ford also says:

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.

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http://content.usatoday.com/communities/driveon/post/2010/09/bigger-meaner-ford-unveils-f-150-raptor-supercrew/1

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Ford updates F-150 Raptor with SuperCrew option, more power

Alisa Priddle / The Detroit News

Ford Motor Co. wants to ensure it has the "baddest" pickup out there with the introduction of a SuperCrew option and more standard power for the already-extreme F-150 SVT Raptor for the 2011 model year.

The Raptor is a specialty performance version of the F-150 from Ford's Special Vehicle Team, built at the Dearborn Truck plant.

The pickup is directed at a niche: high-speed off-roading in a full-size pickup.

The Raptor was embraced by pickup enthusiasts when it debuted last summer and has sold about 6,000 to date. Ford spokesman Henry Platts said the automaker is selling them as fast as they can make them.

For the 2011 model year, the optional 6.2-liter V-8 engine is standard, providing 411 horsepower and 434 pound-feet of torque, creating the most powerful pickup on the market capable of towing 8,000 pounds, according to Ford. The 2010 model had a 5.4-liter V-8 as standard equipment but that engine has been phased out of the F-150 lineup for 2011.

The Raptor is seven inches wider than a base F-150 to accommodate the extra suspension components it needs to crawl over rocks and timber.

Customers were "blown away with the capability" of the Raptor when it launched, said Jost Capito, director of global performance vehicles.

"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," he said.

The new SuperCrew has a 5.5-foot box and rides on a wheelbase that is 12 inches longer.

Engineer Jamal Hameedi said the automaker worked to get the same ride and handling with the longer SuperCrew as the shorter SuperCab.

Another feature is the new 4.2-inch productivity screen with a menu that offers information relating to off-road and towing performance.

Dealers will start taking orders for the 2011 Raptor today for delivery late this year.

Pricing has not been announced. The 2010 model started at $38,995 for the 5.4 V-8 and $41,995 for the 6.2-liter.

From The Detroit News: http://detnews.com/article/20100903/AUTO01/9030343/1148/auto01/Ford-updates-F-150-Raptor-with-SuperCrew-option--more-power#ixzz0yTGQ2UWx

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2011 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor SuperCrew Preview

By Viknesh Vijayenthiran

Editor

September 3rd, 2010

The Blue Oval will be adding a new model to its F-150 pickup truck line, with the unveiling today of the all-new 2011 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor SuperCrew. The purpose-built off-road version of the popular F-150 workhorse has proven very popular, and it’s only set to get better thanks to improvements in technology, towing and flexibility for the latest model year.

The big news for performance buffs is that the previously optional 6.2-liter V-8 engine, which produces 411 horsepower and 434 pound-feet of torque, now comes standard for 2011, making the Raptor the most powerful half-ton pickup on the market. Yes that’s right. The former 5.4-liter V-8 base engine is no longer available.

The other big announcement for 2011 is the addition of the SuperCrew option, making the latest F-150 SVT Raptor the most versatile yet. Adding the SuperCrew option was no small feat, however. Even with the new 145 inch wheelbase and 5.5 foot box, the Raptor SuperCrew had to match the smaller SuperCab model in off-road prowess. Other benefits include a larger 36 gallon fuel tank and increased towing capability--rated at 8,000 pounds.

Inside, there’s upgraded technology including a standard 4.2 inch LCD screen that provides information on off-road and towing performance. The menu is navigated through a five-way button on the steering wheel, with the screen positioned between the tachometer and speedometer. For 2011, Ford has also added its SelectShift pseudo manual control for the six-speed automatic transmission in the F-150 SVT Raptor.

Additionally, 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 a remote start system. Finally, the latest model also gets a new color--Ingot Silver Metallic--and new graphics.

Dealers will start taking orders for the 2011 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor today, with deliveries to start towards the end of the year.

[Ford]

link:

http://www.thecarconnection.com/marty-blog/1048991_2011-ford-f-150-svt-raptor-supercrew-preview

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2011 FORD F-150 SVT RAPTOR CREW CAB

By Mark Kleis

The last time we saw the 2011, Ford F150 Raptor Supercrew, every inch of it was covered in heavy camouflage. Today, every inch of that camo has been removed and all the detailed specifications and upgrades have been revealed.

2011 sees some noteworthy changes to Ford’s off-road specialist, the SVT Raptor, as it gains a new cab configuration (SuperCrew) as well as a new standard engine, the 6.2-liter 411 horsepower, 434 lb-ft of torque V8 found in the 2011 Superduty. This new cab configuration drew fire from many purists who said the truck would lose its purpose-built performance, but Ford would like to present a case that for some, it is actually more capable than the Supercab model, and not just when it comes to hauling (human) butt.

There are two other noteworthy additions, namely a now standard 4.2-inch LCD productivity screen on all Raptor trucks, and a new SelectShift Automatic six-speed transmission.

Raptor grows, sprouts two more doors

It was inevitable, Ford was destined to bring a SuperCrew variant of its SVT Raptor at some point, and that time is now. This new cab configuration not only increases interior volume and allows for more comfort for rear passengers, but for those looking to take their Raptor trucks to the desert and brings some tows along with, the SuperCrew touts improvements across the board in terms of payload and towing capacity over the Supercab configuration.

Payload receives a minor bump from 930 lbs to 1,030 lbs, but maximum trailer tow weight jumps from 6,000 lbs to 8,000 lbs, an increase that will likely be welcomed by those trying to pack supplies and “toys” for the whole family and taking it all to the desert in and behind a single truck. Thanks to the added vehicle length, extra room for a larger gas tank sees capacity jump from 26 gallons to 36 gallons, an increase that will be welcomed when towing and suffering a sizable hit to fuel economy.

6.2 > 5.4

Now that Ford’s 6.2-liter V8 is ready for the big time, Ford decided to drop the dated 5.4-liter engine (as expected) altogether, making the 6.2-liter V8 standard for both the Supercab and SuperCrew models. Previously some believed Ford would continue to offer the 5.4 as the standard engine on the Supercab variant, but with Ford’s 2011 powertrain changes across the entire F-150 lineup, the move to drop the 5.4 makes perfect sense.

The other powertrain change worth discussing

Of course the big news for Raptor in 2011 is the nixing of the dated and anemic 5.4-liter V8 and placing the previously optional 6.2-liter engine as the only engine across both models and all trim levels, but there is another change that comes after enthusiasts and journalists alike complained about the lack of gear control: SelectShift.

The SelectShift Automatic transmission is a huge addition to the Raptor in the eyes of many, as most off-roaders realize the importance of gear selection in varying terrains and grades. To address those concerns, Ford added a toggle switch – located on the console shift lever – which can engage a new mode where the transmission doesn’t second-guess the driver, giving him or her total control over gear selection.

For example, upshifts are not commanded at redline, and downshifts are allowed at the lowest gear possible as defined by the engine speed – making the SelectShift Automatic transmission as close to a manual transmission as an automatic could reasonably allow for in an off-road truck.

Interior changes for 2011

Aside from the obvious addition of the larger interior-minded SuperCrew model, Ford also made some minor changes to the Supercab model as well.

The most significant upgrade is the addition of a standard 4.2-inch LCD 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. This screen comes from the recently launched 2011 Superduty trucks, but in the Raptor the screen provides a unique welcome animation and, more importantly, 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 Control).

The new screen also provides information 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 – requiring a minimal amount of distraction from the tasks at hand.

Other minor interior changes include a telescoping steering wheel, a head restraint for the second-row middle seat, 110 volt power inverter located in the center console and a few minor control changes.

New options, packages for 2011

In the event that the standard fare Supercab or SuperCrew Raptor just isn’t enough for the most discerning buyers, Ford now offers two new packages, Raptor Plus Package and Raptor Luxury Package.

Raptor Plus Package is for those with towing on their minds, adding both the rear-view camera and a trailer brake controller.

The Luxury Package is for those with cash to burn and/or a burning desire to have the latest “make your life a little bit easier” options, including power folding mirrors and a remote start system.

New colors and graphics

In case you hadn’t memorized the color palette available for the 2010 Raptor, then you might not have noticed the new color being displayed in the image gallery: Ingot Silver Metallic.

You did likely notice, however, that Ford has continued its graphic offerings to the hood of the Raptor. Ford says inspiration for the designs can be traced to the classic Broncos. The design features matte black accent graphics – including the F-150 SVT Raptor logo – run along the hood, which Ford points out also happens to reduce glare. The Raptor logo inset in the graphic is done in body-color bleed-through, similar to “SVT” on the side vent, while “F-150″ and “SVT” are done in dark gray.

The graphic is available with or without the box side graphics.

Ford SVT F-150 trivia

Ford confirmed to Leftlane that the Raptor has exceeded sales expectations thus far, meeting production capacity in 2010 with over 6,000 Raptors sold since introduction last summer. Ford says the Raptor is on pace to surpass the best single year of sales ever by an SVT truck, set by the Lighting in 2001 when 6,381 trucks were sold.

Considering that the majority of Ford’s F-150′s in non-Raptor trim levels are sold in SuperCrew configuration, Ford may see a substantial bump in demand for its range-topping truck in 2011 as it adds its second cab configuration.

The 2011 Raptor trucks are set to arrive in dealers nationwide in late 2010, with orders officially opening today.

link:

http://www.leftlanenews.com/ford-f-150-svt-raptor-supercrew.html

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2011 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor SuperCrew Preview

By Viknesh Vijayenthiran

Editor

September 3rd, 2010

The Blue Oval will be adding a new model to its F-150 pickup truck line, with the unveiling today of the all-new 2011 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor SuperCrew. The purpose-built off-road version of the popular F-150 workhorse has proven very popular, and it’s only set to get better thanks to improvements in technology, towing and flexibility for the latest model year.

The big news for performance buffs is that the previously optional 6.2-liter V-8 engine, which produces 411 horsepower and 434 pound-feet of torque, now comes standard for 2011, making the Raptor the most powerful half-ton pickup on the market. Yes that’s right. The former 5.4-liter V-8 base engine is no longer available.

The other big announcement for 2011 is the addition of the SuperCrew option, making the latest F-150 SVT Raptor the most versatile yet. Adding the SuperCrew option was no small feat, however. Even with the new 145 inch wheelbase and 5.5 foot box, the Raptor SuperCrew had to match the smaller SuperCab model in off-road prowess. Other benefits include a larger 36 gallon fuel tank and increased towing capability--rated at 8,000 pounds.

Inside, there’s upgraded technology including a standard 4.2 inch LCD screen that provides information on off-road and towing performance. The menu is navigated through a five-way button on the steering wheel, with the screen positioned between the tachometer and speedometer. For 2011, Ford has also added its SelectShift pseudo manual control for the six-speed automatic transmission in the F-150 SVT Raptor.

Additionally, 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 a remote start system. Finally, the latest model also gets a new color--Ingot Silver Metallic--and new graphics.

Dealers will start taking orders for the 2011 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor today, with deliveries to start towards the end of the year.

[Ford]

link:

http://www.motorauthority.com/blog/1048991_2011-ford-f-150-svt-raptor-supercrew-preview

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Officially Official: Ford F-150 SVT Raptor gains SuperCrew, loses 5.4L V8 for 2011

by Steven J. Ewing (RSS feed) on Sep 3rd 2010 at 12:01AM

Ford's off-road beast, the F-150 SVT Raptor, has only been on sale for a year, but it's already getting a few upgrades for the 2011 model year.

Many reports and a few spy shots indicated that Ford had been prepping a four-door SuperCrew version of the Raptor (you know, for when the family wants to do the Baja run with you), and the automaker has officially confirmed the details (again). The SuperCrew's wheelbase is a full 12 inches longer than the standard Raptor, meaning it should provide a more comfortable ride along the way, and the 5.5-foot box can still haul everything you need when you get there.

Speaking of capability, all Raptors now come standard with more power on tap – the 6.2-liter V8 will be the only available powertrain for 2011 (sad trombone for the people who rushed out to get the 5.4). As we reported earlier, it stands to reason that the 2011 Raptor will get a price increase to account for the larger mill, but it's a small price to pay for an extra 101 horsepower and 69 pound-feet of torque over the 5.4-liter V8.

From there, the other enhancements for 2011 are purely cosmetic. Raptors can now be had in a new color – Ingot Silver Metallic (pictured) – and matte black accent graphics are available on the hood. These new graphics can be ordered separately from the box side decals, too. Inside the cabin, Ford now offers a standard 4.2-inch LCD display (called the "productivity screen") in the center of the revised instrument gauges, similar to what was introduced on the 2011 Super Duty.

Dealers will start taking orders for 2011 Raptors as you read this with the first examples hitting dealerships later this year. Ford's detailed press release is available after the jump.

link:

http://www.autoblog.com/2010/09/03/officially-official-ford-f-150-svt-raptor-gains-supercrew-lose/

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2011 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor gets engine upgrade, crew cab

By JAKE LINGEMAN

The SuperCrew cab option for the 2011 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor adds 12 inches to the wheelbase and overall length of the pickup. Dealers start taking orders on Friday.

A larger standard engine and more seating capacity are the big changes for the 2011 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor pickup.

For starters, all 2011 Raptors will come standard with a 6.2-liter V8, rated at 411 hp and 434 lb-ft of torque. The 6.2-liter engine was an option on the 2010 Raptor, while a 320-ho 5.4-liter V8 was the base engine. The change gives the brawny Raptor an additional 91 hp. Ford says the 2011 Raptor will tow up to 8,000 lbs., making it suited as a support and chase truck, as well as a race truck.

The iron block, aluminum head V8 in the Raptor is a tuned-up version of the unit used in Ford's Super Duty pickups.

The other major change for the Raptor is the addition of a SuperCrew cab option. The SuperCrew cab adds 12 inches to the truck's wheelbase and overall length.

The Raptor is 7 inches wider than the standard F-150, due in part to the monstrous triple-bypass shocks from Fox Racing.

The front suspension consists of a coil-on-shock, double wishbone independent setup with aluminum lower control arms and forged-steel uppers.

The rear gets a Hotchkiss-type live axle with leaf springs and outboard shock absorbers.

All four corners will roll on 35-inch BFGoodrich All-Terrain TA/KO 315/70-17 tires.

The Ford powertrain team did extensive durability tests on the SVT Raptor including a 62-mile hot-weather loop in the desert that simulates the Baja 1000. Engineers also put the 6.2-liter V8 through hundreds of additional tests that most Ford engines will never see.

Inside, the Raptor gets a 4.2-inch LCD screen added the instrument cluster. The monitor, adopted from the Super Duty gauge cluster, shows everything from off-road and towing performance to steering wheel angle and drive mode. The menus are navigated with a five-way button on the steering wheel.

Pricing for the 2011 F-150 SVT Raptor hasn't been released yet, but the 2010 model had a sticker price starting at $41,995 so we expect the cost of the 2011 model to be similar. Dealers will start taking orders on Friday and the trucks will be available in dealerships late this year.

Read more: http://www.autoweek.com/article/20100903/CARNEWS/309039999#ixzz0yTtNYDhd

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