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Sunday, November 9, 2008

2010 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor First Look

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Specification - Big V8 on the Way

The base-model 2010 Ford F-150 Raptor will be powered by the same 24-valve 5.4-liter V8 found in the standard F-150. Good for 320 horsepower and 390 pound-feet of torque, it should provide plenty of thrust since it puts down the power through a six-speed automatic transmission and 4.10:1 final-drive ratio.

Then again, off-road trucks tend to be a little over the top as a rule, so after the start of production the Raptor will offer an even more powerful 16-valve 6.2-liter V8. It's an all-new engine for Ford, and while final testing isn't finished, a rating of around 400 hp and 400 lb-ft of torque is expected. It will use the same six-speed transmission and 4.10 gears.

Every Raptor will feature four-wheel drive. This isn't typical among desert racing trucks, but it was necessary to make a good business case for the truck. The extended cab is another nod to street-friendly practicality, as SVT had to make a solid case for sales success to enable such a radical concept to move forward through Ford's product planning.