Known for their glowing red-hot versions of production cars and trucks, the legendary Ford Special Vehicle Team (aka SVT) has prepared an even more powerful variety of the 2010 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor half-ton truck. Planned to be available for order starting December 1, 2009 at a price of $44,995 and equipped with a lot more powerful engine, the vehicle will be faster than a lot of German car-based SUVs (well, at least on a straight line.)
While here in Europe the name of the American brand was for decades associated with economy-priced compact hatches and sedans, as well as with the Transit family of commercial vans that with a course of time became de facto an industry standard in the small business transportation segment, it is the muscular F-series of pickup trucks that makes Ford a great deal of money on the home turf.
Being one of the most popular trucks in the United States (they literally for decades wear a crown of the best-selling truck in the USA,) the gorgeous F-1xx/F-2xx range has been here for almost sixty years slowly evolving from an unassuming workhorse to a stunning stallion it is today. While the current generation of Ford F-150 model looks gorgeous in almost every trim (even the base ones have an extremely attractive streak in them), it is the performance Raptor variety that makes tens of thousands of pickup lovers drool all over their monitors.
This new 2010 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor looks like a more muscular, more rugged, more mud-oriented competitor to a Porsche Cayenne. In fact, this is a direct competitor to Cayenne which is designed for people who don’t give a damn over the sort of leather and Alcantara that an interior of their truck is appointed with. After all, this is a workman’s supercar.
Still, people at SVT probably realize that there is also a bunch of people who would like to have their rolling icon to be even more exclusive, even more potent.
For extra $3000 over the original price, you will soon be able to order a truck motivated by a much more powerful 6.2-liter SOHC V8 engine mated to a 6-speed automatic gearbox.
The new engine produces healthy 411 hp @ 5500 rpm and 434 lb-ft (587 Nm) @ 4500 rpm of torque, effectively slashing the 5.4L-powered vehicle’s acceleration time by 1.5 seconds bringing it to around 7 seconds.
Ford claims that the 6.2L-powered vehicle will provide the same fuel economy of 15 mpg city and 21 mpg highway making it lighter on your wallet.
The interior of the vehicle still stays quite spartan, and, frankly speaking, I am not that fond of the new orange-and-black seats that are clad with slippery-looking leather upholstery, but otherwise things look quite cool and comfortable.
So far, there is no information on whether the new engine is matched by a new, a bit sportier suspension. However, judging by the photos below, I truly hope that this new SVT-tuned variety will deliver on its promis of a real fun car of the year award.