For the seventh time in as many years, a Ford F-Series truck was named "Truck of Texas" by the Texas Auto Writers Association (TAWA). For 2009, the 2010 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor earned this recognition as well as the best "Full-size Pickup Truck" award. Moreover, Ford trucks were named as the "Truck Line of Texas."
Additionally, Ford Work Solutions -- a suite of productivity technologies conceptualized and developed for commercial truck owners – was awarded as the "Outstanding Feature." Ford Work Solutions features an in-dash computer that could connect with the home office as well as a Tool Link that allows truck owners to keep track of expensive tools and equipment.
Moreover Ford Work Solutions includes Cable Lock that locks up tools in the open truck box, and the Crew Chief telematics system that allows fleet managers to exercise more control over their fleet of vehicles. The new Ford F-150 truly deserved the “Truck of Texas” award, as it dominates its class in terms of towing capability (11,300 pounds) and hauling capacity (3,030 pounds).
Furthermore, the all 2009 Ford F-150 models boast of an eight-percent (average) improvement in fuel economy following the infusion of an array of engineering enhancements. Interestingly, F-150 models powered by the high-volume three-valve, 5.4-liter V8 engine are now up to 12 percent more fuel efficient than their respective predecessors.
Also, F-150's SFE package delivers fuel economy ratings of 15 mpg city and 21 mpg highway (on XL and XLT series). Just this summer, Ford launched the 2010 F-150 SVT Raptor, a purpose-built, high-speed off-road truck that is versatile enough for daily trips. Ford even had a modified pre-production Raptor participate in the 41st Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 to assess its capability and durability.
Amazingly, this Raptor was also able to secure a podium finish in its class. Impressively enough, the Raptor primarily owes its capabilities to its powerful engine, functional design cues and remarkable suspension technology. Powering the F-150 SVT Raptor, as standard, is the 5.4-liter SOHC V-8 engine that develops up to 320 horsepower of output and 390 ft.-lb. of torque.
Customers wanting more power at their disposal may want to wait until early 2010 to avail of the optional and more powerful 6.2-liter V-8 engine. To give more room for the additional suspension components as well to express an aggressive stance, Ford made the Raptor around seven inches wider than a base F-150.
Additionally, the Raptor features internal triple-bypass shocks by FOX Racing Shox for position-sensitive damping and extra suspension travel as well as cast-aluminum front control arms. Likewise, the Raptor’s wheels are wrapped in SVT-tuned 35-inch BFGoodrich All-Terrain TA/KO 315/70-17 tires.
All of these elements provide the Raptor with 11.2 inches and 12.1 inches of front and rear suspension travels, respectively. So far, Ford has already received around 3,000 orders for the 5.4-liter F-150 SVT Raptor. Initial orders from dealers have already brought Ford’s Dearborn Truck Plant to full Raptor production capacity.
Mark Fields, president of The Americas at Ford Motor, remarked that the “Truck of Texas” award is a distinct honor, noting that “Texans know their trucks.” He noted that the award is another proof of why the F-Series is still the best-selling pickup in the Americas.
He added that that F-150 SVT Raptor is made for truck enthusiasts. Interested buyers could avail of the F-150 SVT Raptor at a starting price of $38,995, including destination and delivery charges.