• Jan 29, 2008


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There are rumors circulating the web of a Ford truck so freakin' cool it'd make even the most Euro-centric bloggers among us stop dead in our tracks, and if true, would make everything else do just the same.

The report claims that Ford is working on a derivative of the all-new F-150 pick-up internally known as "Raptor". The pumped-up version of the popular truck is said to feature a long-travel suspension (developed with Fox Racing), 35-inch tires, and – wait for it – a possibly turbocharged version of the upcoming Boss V8. Essentially a Baja 1000 or Dakar racing truck available to the public, the Raptor would be capable of covering rough terrain at high speeds, and also feature distinctive bodywork wider and lower than a conventional F-150. Word of the Boss V8 finding its way into an F-150 has also led to speculation that Ford is preparing a new Lightning, but the Raptor seems much, much cooler. If given the green light, the Raptor could be a year-and-a-half to two years away. Stay tuned.

[Source: Pickuptruck.com]



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      • 6 Years Ago
      you both are dumb. its an internal code name. kind of like when the mustang svt project launched and it's code name was "petunia"... its whatever name they give it for internal purposes. or are you telling me you were online blogging about how "petunia" in no way should have been a mustang code name? come on, lighten up. its a name. wait till the vehicle comes out and then find something about it to complain about.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Which SVT Mustang are you talking about? Petunia was used in the 90's on a mid-engine 2-seater sports car project Neil Ressler led that later evolved into the Ford GT concept car.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Oh I suspect it is a code name. But ALL Ford's sport and specialty trucks and all have names. Ford Lightning (never even "F-150" since 98), Ford Bronco, Ford Ranger. Ford Explorer SportTrac..etc.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Paul- even though many (perhaps the majority) of Pre-runner trucks are 2wd, its not so by definition. It is really just a cost issue. 4wd is not necessary, as long as you have decent tires and a good traction diff like a tru-trac or detroit locker. A 2wd is cheaper to buy and lighter. Then there are exponential costs involved in keeping the front wheels driven if you're using over 10" to 12" of wheel travel, depending on the suspension design.
      CW- While I don't doubt that car companies are asking for feedback, I can't remember EVER getting any useful information from a Dealer that wasn't already published somewhere.
      jjmite- absolutely agree. Console shifters for automatics, especially in a truck are just pointless. If you want to make it shiftable, put paddles on the wheel, so you can keep your hands where they belong.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Are the autoblog guys suggesting this truck would be "much much cooler" than a new lightning?
      • 6 Years Ago
      So, being a prerunner it will only have RWD? No 4x4 transfer case? That's kind of a bummer. They already have a rwd F150 with 450hp. It would be nice to get a 400+hp truck with 4x4/AWD for a change, at least as an option. That's what I liked about the Sport Trac Adrenaline concept. 390hp and AWD
      • 6 Years Ago
      besides, did you ever see Jurassic Park? Raptors are B.A.!!!
      and we all know that Jurassic park is basically true. not part 3 though.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Raptor?? The word Raptor denotes stealth and grace striking with deadly precision. The name in no way should ever be given to a pick-up. No matter how bad-ass it is. There is no way a "box" silhouette can be called a Raptor.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Christian. Seeing as how F-150 moniker has suited Ford just fine for oh the better part of the last half-century in making its half-ton pickup the best seller of all time, I think the alpha-numerical route has worked out pretty well. My point was simply that the "Raptor" name commands a certain grace about it.....of which no pickup can claim to have because a pickup needs no grace, that's not what they are built for. They are built for work, not grace. No matter how B/A the truck is it is still a truck.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Yes you're right 3seriesisking, we should to boring alpha-numerical names, that mislead about the displacement of the motor.

        "Raptor" is fine for a hardcore sport truck for "attacking" obstacles, terrain, whatever.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Living here in So Cal where there are so many "pre runner" trucks, especialy Ford Rangers and Ford F150s, this would selll bigtime here!
      • 6 Years Ago
      This concept truck is very possible to hit production, but I hate the fact that the truck has a center shifting console when it’s just an automatic. It takes up space and its just for a improved look, all am going to do with it is put it on drive and park. I hope the lower models don’t have it, and dislike the rear lights as well, to Toyota.
      • 6 Years Ago

      I don't know how much of a market this will ever find if it's actually produced... but now that I think about it, seeing as how Ford's marketing plan is absolutely schitzo these days, I'd say it's happening.

      Just like at the 432 crossovers they have now.

      Anyhow, if (like most people) it's the power you're after and you want a badass Lightning successor, you don't have to look any further than the 2008 F150 Harley Davidson. Now with a 450hp Turbocharged V8.
      • 6 Years Ago
      "One time at band camp..."

      This will never happen. Legal will get in the way of a high HP, Hi lift vehicle. Within 10 minutes of buying it, some dingdong will think he's ready for Baja and send this thing into orbit. Ford wouldn't take the risk...maybe the Millen family or Saleen would be interested...
      • 6 Years Ago
      That's very cool! I can't wait to see it wider and lower with the sweet tires! Even without the beefed up suspension it will be incredible if they build it!
      • 6 Years Ago
      sweet. the Dodge Ram SRT10 has had it to good for too long :)
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