New York Auto Show: Shelby does the Ford F-150 SVT Raptor

Article by Christian A., on March 29, 2013

Ford F-150 SVT Raptor is already an extreme pickup, but if you want more we have the solution: the Shelby Raptor! Unveiled at the 2013 New York Auto Show, the new Shelby Raptor takes the impressive Ford SVT Raptor to another level and adds a 2.9 liter supercharger on the massive 6.2-liter V8 engine but also a new Shelby Borla exhaust system.

The result: the Raptor delivers 575 hp, from 411 hp! The engine is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission that transfers the power to all four wheels. Moreover, the Shelby Raptor comes with 35-inch Goodrich All-Terrain tires and optional custom wheels. Pricing starts at $17,995 and does not include the standard Raptor.

The production is limited to 100 units, and Shelby will built these units per model year. Each will be numbered and documented with a unique Shelby CSM number and entered into the official Shelby Registry. "As a native Texan, Carroll Shelby loved powerful trucks," said John Luft, president of Shelby American. "Carroll connected his love for trucks with his passion for performance on several projects, with the first one over 30 years ago. The latest Shelby truck was created to conquer any terrain with serious velocity."

Raptor’s exterior had gone through some makeovers for 2011, in the form of a freshly-added paint color – Ingot Silver Metallic – that will be available along with the default black interior and Molten Orange Interior Accent Package.

A fresh optional hood design heightens a more individual and practical touch to the Ford F-150 SVT Raptor. Drawn from the venerable off-road racing Ford Broncos, matte black accent visuals, which includes the F-150 SVT Raptor logo, flow along the hood, also assisting to lessen glare. The Raptor logo in the design is performed in body-color bleed-through, same as the “SVT” on the side vent. “F-150” and “SVT” are both inscribed in dark gray. The design is available with or without the box side visuals.

More capability, more technology

Aiming to assist its buyers to utilize all of the features offered by the Ford F-150 SVT Raptor, a default 4.2-inch LCD (liquid crystal display) productivity screen is blended in the center of the new instrument gauges, which have a black appearance, ice blue daytime lighting, and red pointers. The cutting-edge technology was distinctly designed for off-road usage with raptor, which was also utilized on the brand-new 2011 Super Duty.

The screen incorporates an ingenious welcome animation and provides menu choices which give the driver vital knowledge related to off-road and towing performance. A truck application screen shows car status instruction for vital off-road parameters such as Hill Descent Control, AdvanceTrac with RSC (Roll Stability Control), off-road mode, and electronic locking differential settings.

An off-road screen notifies the driver regarding steering wheel angle and vehicle angle on a grade during off-road actions. The menu is controlled through a five-way button on the steering wheel and is located between the tachometer and speedometer.

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