Ford presents the 2014 F-150 SVT Raptor Special Edition

Article by Christian Andrei, on April 10, 2013

Ford unveiled today the 2014 F-150 SVT Raptor Special Edition, a new version of its popular pickup truck that adds new touches to Raptor's existing Luxury Package such as a Ruby Red Metallic exterior color and box-side graphics. The interior was not forgotten and the 2014 F-150 SVT Raptor Special Edition features Brick Red seat bolsters with black inserts and cloth honeycomb highlights, a console top finish panel and center stack and new door panel appliqué accents.

Moreover, the Raptor Special Edition is also available in Tuxedo Black Metallic. The 2014 F-150 SVT Raptor Special Edition will go on sale this fall and will be powered by the same 6.2-liter V8 engine producing best-in-class 411 horsepower and 434 lb.-ft. of torque, bolted to an electronic six-speed automatic transmission with tow/haul mode and SelectShift Automatic functionality.

The 4WD system features electronic shift-on-the-fly capability for the transfer case. The front axle features a Torsen differential with 4.10 to 1 gearing. The rear axle is also 4.10 to 1, with an electronic-locking differential.

Brian Wolfe, Ford Racing Technology director, remarked that carmaker’s commitment to using racing as a test grounds for new technologies now covers off-road events through the Ford F-150 SVT Raptor R. He quipped that having the Ford F-150 SVT Raptor R compete in the Baja 1000 is the ultimate off-road test, allowing Ford to assess how well the F-150 SVT Raptor could hold up under the most distinct and extreme conditions.

As it is, the Ford F-150 SVT Raptor R employs stock components of F-150 SVT Raptor like its transmission, axles and brakes. The F-150 SVT Raptor R also employs the same fully boxed frame found in the base F-150. However, the Ford F-150 SVT Raptor R is powered by specially calibrated 6.2-liter V-8 engine that provides 500 horsepower of output.

Furthermore, the vaunted off-road capability of the Ford F-150 SVT Raptor has been augmented by a couple of enhancements that allow it to tackle long-distance off-road endurance events. Jamal Hameedi, SVT chief engineer, commented that the racing version of the F-150 SVT Raptor now boasts of more suspension travel, better approach and departure angles as well as more horsepower and more ground clearance.

He added that the F-150 SVT Raptor R now features full racing specification seats and safety cage and harnesses. He commenced that while an average customer may not race a truck in the Baja 1000, the things that would occur in the event could keep repeating over the life of a vehicle.

Hameedi added that knowing the F-150 SVT Raptor R could endure and compete in the Baja 1000 is important to off-road enthusiasts. While the Ford F-150 SVT Raptor R emulates the 'Built Ford Tough' motto with its capability and toughness, it also demonstrates the level of high-performance vehicles from SVT.

Hameedi called the F-150 SVT Raptor R as a natural SVT extension of the F-150 SVT Raptor, just as the Cobra R was to an SVT Cobra or a Mustang FR500C was to a Mustang GT. Interestingly, the Ford F-150 SVT Raptor R being prepped for the Baja 1000 is also a test bed for the development of new off-road performance parts that could be availed at Ford Racing.

Press Release

Ford Announces New 2014 F-150 SVT Raptor Special Edition

Ford’s F-150 SVT Raptor, the ultimate high-performance off-road pickup truck, has a new Special Edition package customers can order that adds more unique touches to the hot-selling pickup.

Ford today reveals the 2014 F-150 SVT Raptor Special Edition, which adds unique new touches to Raptor’s existing Luxury Package, including a Ruby Red Metallic exterior color and box-side graphics. Interior upgrades include Brick Red seat bolsters with black inserts and cloth honeycomb highlights, console top finish panel, and center stack and door panel appliqué accents. Raptor Special Edition is also available in Tuxedo Black Metallic.

The 2014 F-150 SVT Raptor Special Edition goes on sale this fall.

“Raptor owners are looking for a high-performing, uncompromising off-road pickup truck with the features and luxuries found in today’s premium trucks,” said Doug Scott, Ford truck group marketing manager. “Since its launch in 2009, we’ve continually moved Raptor forward in capability and design, and the 2014 Special Edition is the best Raptor yet.”

Raptor has found an enviable niche in full-size pickups. SVT Raptor sales are up 14 percent in 2013, with five out of the past six months seeing record sales. More than 13,000 Raptors were sold in 2012.

SVT Raptor prowess and power

Since launching as a 2010 model, the Ford F-150 SVT Raptor has set the benchmark for low- and high-speed off-road performance through aggressive all-terrain tires, industry-exclusive internal triple-bypass FOX Racing Shox™ dampers, skid plates and standard Hill Descent Control™.

A Raptor development imperative has been continuous improvement, so Ford expanded Raptor’s footprint for 2011 with a four-door SuperCrew model joining the two-door SuperCab original.

For 2012 Ford began offering a grille-mounted camera to improve driver visibility when climbing over rocks or other obstacles. The 2012 addition of a Torsen® limited-slip differential to Raptor’s 4WD system enables the truck to balance traction between both front wheels.

For 2013 industry-exclusive beadlock-capable wheels were added to help increase grip in low-traction conditions, along with high-intensity discharge headlamps for improved visibility. SYNC® with MyFord Touch® was also made available for added connectivity.

SVT Raptor is available exclusively with a 6.2-liter V8 engine producing best-in-class 411 horsepower and 434 lb.-ft. of torque, mated to an electronic six-speed automatic transmission with tow/haul mode and SelectShift Automatic® functionality. The 4WD system features electronic shift-on-the-fly capability for the transfer case.

The front axle features a Torsen® differential with 4.10 to 1 gearing. The rear axle is also 4.10 to 1, with an electronic-locking differential.

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