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New Features of The 2011 Ford Raptor Pickup

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On: Tue, Sep 7, 2010 at 9:14AM | By: Sherry Christiansen

New Features of The 2011 Ford Raptor Pickup

Ford is adding some new features to the F-150 SVT Raptor SuperCrew that will make the already popular truck even more desirable, including the biggest change, which is the 4 full doors on the SuperCrew model.

The 6.2 liter V-8 engine will be standard in the 2011 model (while this year the V-8 is an option), with an output of 411 hp and 434 lb-ft of torque.     
The V-8 will also be featured in the Harley-Davidson F-150 and the F-Series Super Duty.  Ford has not made an announcement as of yet regarding the base price of the Raptor featuring the bigger V-8 engine, but in the 2010 model, the optional V-8 goes for an extra $3,000.

According to Kerry Baldori, chief engineer of the Raptor: “We spent a lot of time developing our desert durability test so that it’s very close to replicating the Baja 1000.” Baldori also stated: ‘’Desert testing proved to be a very quick way to learn about the reliability of the truck, and it put another level of extreme loads on the engine that our normal durability testing doesn’t need to cover.”

The current Raptor is available only in the SuperCab model with the rear half doors, the new SuperCrew body style that is being offered for 2011 models will provide much more space and comfort to passengers in the rear seats.

“When we launched the F-150 SVT Raptor, consumers were blown away with the capability of the vehicle,” said Jost Capito, director of global performance vehicles and motorsports business development. “By adding the SuperCrew, we have expanded the versatility of Raptor, and now even more enthusiasts will be able to experience the no-compromise off-road performance that only Raptor delivers.”

The 2011 Raptor is rated at 14,700 pounds (up 2,300 pounds). Similarly, the payload has been improved to 1,030 pounds (up 100 pounds) and the maximum trailer capacity is now 8,000 pounds (up 2,000 pounds).

The 2011 F-Series is also getting refreshed for 2011, with changes that include three new engine options: the 3.7-liter Ti-VCT V-6, and 5.0-liter Ti-VCT V-8 shared with the 2011 Ford Mustang, as well as the 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 from the Ford Taurus SHO. The F-Series will also offer an upgraded diesel as well as the Harley-Davidson special addition model.

The 2011 Ford F-Series Super Duty will get an upgraded 6.7-liter PowerStroke turbodiesel V-8 now producing 400 horsepower and 800 lb-ft of torque.

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