• Jun 19th 2008 at 1:58PM
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More news on the Raptor front today. PickupTrucks.com just published a spy shot of a camo'd F-150 Raptor that at first glance adds nothing new to the puzzle. Closer inspection reveals that the semi-transparent covering actually exposes the basic look of the sporty F-150's grille, which purportedly has the Ford name emblazoned very large across a center bar. The truck was recently spotted on the streets of Vegas during the Ford Dealer Show. According to those in the know, Ford marketing boss Jim Farley unveiled the off-road-ready F-150 at that meeting, even showing a video of the mule throwing sand in the desert.
We're becoming more certain every day that the Raptor will use the 6.2L "Boss" V8 with a power output of between 380 and 420 horsepower. If the F-150 Raptor ends up wearing an SVT product as we suspect, we're betting the final power output being closer to the latter rather the former. Besides seeing the mule in action and hearing about the powertrain, dealers were also shown one of the Raptor's footlong-travel shocks, built exclusively for the Raptor by Fox Racing. Coupled with 35-inch all-terrain tires, this should be one badass, Baja-ready pickup.

Surely it won't be long before we get a whole batch of official pics from Ford, perhaps in time for the SEMA Show in November, but for now click over to PickupTrucks.com to see the new spy pics.

[Source: PickupTrucks.com]

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      • 7 Years Ago
      I've been up close to a couple of these Raptor prototypes. As a car guy I am stoked that Ford is going ahead with development!! If you aren't into bold ideas and balls-out execution of a concept, then by all means buy a Focus and STFU.
      • 7 Years Ago
      This truck is badass, it will sell well here In So Cal even with the gas prices the way they are because so many people buy $100,000 Sandrails all day long for the deserts here.
      • 7 Years Ago
      The people who want & can afford a tuck like this are not concerned about gas prices.
      • 7 Years Ago
      WTF American pick up junk lol
        • 7 Years Ago
        I know, every stupid comment, this idiot comes in to get his post in, how worthless
        • 7 Years Ago
        • 7 Years Ago
        If you have nothing meanful to contribute, shut up you idiot.
      • 7 Years Ago
      It would be good if SVT would do products other than Mustang and F-150. How about the Ranger? Taurus? Fusion? Edge? Escape?

      In the late 90's there was a Ranger called Splash. It looked dope. Imagine a Escape lowered down, fatter wheels and the 240hp 3.0 engine thats been around since 1998 in the Jaguar S-stype stuffed in. Its the same engine coming out for 2009 but it could have come out long ago.

      Or a supped up Fusion to bring back memories of the old SHO?

      There are more models that can benefit than just Mustang and Fseries Ford!
        • 7 Years Ago
        There are rumours floating around about Ford producing a SHO version of the 2010MY Taurus. And with the spy shots that got out, I don't blame FMC.
        • 7 Years Ago
        I like all your ideas, sounds great.
        And I liked the Splash as well, it was awesome.
        Back when they came out in the mid-90's I wanted one very badly.
      • 7 Years Ago
      This is sort of a reply to Joe above. You made some great points, and as one of those good ol boys I would say that the previous pics I have seen of the Raptor look amazing. I love the idea too, almost enough to buy one.

      I already own a 2001 F150 with the "offroad package" and I am not sure I like the idea of a truck with 35" tires. Mine has 265/70R17 which I believe is about 31" or so. Anything around this size makes getting into the bed too much of a chore, you may have to hop in to grab stuff especially when underneath the tool box. That said, this truck might just grow on me enough once I see it in person to go ahead with it.

      Honestly though, I would rather have a Twin Force V6 with a 6 speed manual, and that probably won't be possible - though they _should_ offer this in the F-100.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Hey...just what we need when gas is $4.00 a gallon...another 15MPG truck.

      Way to go Ford...you FAIL again.
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