• Oct 31, 2008
Click above to view video after the jump

A bright yellow DHL van just pulled up to Autoblog HQ and dropped off a cardboard envelope, inside of which was another brown envelope marked "CONFIDENTIAL". At this point we're thinking there are instructions inside to get out of the building before it blows up, but what we found was a CD from SVT labeled "Coming from SVT in 2009". Since we haven't heard a peep from SVT in a while, our curiosity was boiling over.

On the disc we found this video, which is embedded after the jump, of the upcoming 2009 F-150 "Raptor" SVT storming across a desert at 60 mph. The truck is still wearing camouflage so we can't see the body work, but what we can see is a very beefy suspension being punished at high speed over an uneven sun-scorched surface. The video also opens with the quote, "We'll call your off-road package, and go all in..." Who knew the SVT crew was so into off-roading? From what we hear, SVT has distributed videos to a number of outlets, each one unique and showing a different side of the new hardcore off-roader. And, though it hardly needs to be said, any rumors of the Raptor program being cancelled are quite clearly untrue. Follow the jump to view the video for yourself.

UPDATE:
Second video added after the jump. (Thanks for the tip, George!)


Ford F-150 Raptor SVT



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      • 6 Years Ago
      No sound?
      • 6 Years Ago
      the trucks that ford biuld are not a sissy kind of truck that is in need of eco friendly customers. in an escape or a fusion maybe but not in a truck.
      I talk to the customers every day and nobody is wanting a hybrid truck. it just doesnt hold up to the diesel or the gas engines that have pushed fords through mudbogs and rugged terrain that a chev or a dodge only dearms about at night.
      yes they are opening doors to different customers, but not here in northern alberta where the fords are still the truck that takes the lead of the pack and even stops to pull another truck out of a situation it thought it could handle but who needs to mention names. right dodge?
      • 6 Years Ago
      The most interesting thing to me is the Raptor is supposed to have Ford's new Boss engine in it. It will be fun to see if they went through with it or not.

      It makes sense that they did, even with fuel prices pretty high. After all, the F150 has the least HP of all the full size trucks, yet their truck weighs the most. If they want to stay competitive they at least need to offer a similar engine. It's a big jump from 310hp in the F150 to 380+hp offered in the Ram, Tundra, Sierra/Silverado.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I dunno, i think i'd rather of seen a new lightning.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I wonder what type of front axle it will get?
        • 6 Years Ago
        AFAIK, the F150 uses the Ford 8.8 differential in the IFS setup. There alre lots of differentials available for it, so it could support any off-road needs.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Carlos- If ever there was an off-road package not to scoff at, its the Power Wagon. 12" of front travel, not quite, but awesome flex, 2 lockers and a factory winch.
        • 6 Years Ago
        eh.. no front axle, IFS Long travel most likely, prolly pushin around 12" travel total. Not great, but sure as hell beats whatever the hell chevy and dodge call their "offroad" packages.
        HotRodzNKustoms
        • 6 Years Ago
        IFS is better for a prerunner like this truck anyways.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I am not a huge ford fan but i am really liking this truck and have been following its development. It is definitely on my list of cars/trucks i am looking forward to checking out and possib;y purchasing.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Smooth.... but, who takes their trucks off road?
        David
        • 6 Years Ago
        are you kiddin? its a truck, its meant to be off road, and especially that one. if someone were to buy it and not take it off road, thats the equivalent of buyin an H3.
        • 6 Years Ago
        rofl
        • 6 Years Ago
        The joke is the fact that very few trucks these days ARE taken off-road!
        • 6 Years Ago
        It's an SVT product so sales volume isn't going to be massive and there has to be a large enough market for ford to spend the money on it in this economy. It will be unique also as no one else builds an off road truck remotely close to this besides it makes more sense then a hot rod truck. I mean if I want something fast and hot rodish I'll get a muscle car not a truck not matter how nice the lightning was... I'm sure this SVT will work out and might even spawn more interest in off-road events. I wonder how the ride is on the road vs a normal F150 though..
        • 6 Years Ago
        You're joking right?
        • 6 Years Ago
        Most trucks aren't off-road ready. Not to mention, trucks have a bed for hauling, not necessarily off of pavement.
      • 6 Years Ago
      @Artie, the obese herion addict,

      You must know very little about the auto industry (judging by your post). Ford has been working on this truck well before the gas spike and financial meltdown. These things don't happen overnight. But hopefully you realize that. Actually, this was derived from prototypes built on the previous generation for gov't use. So the R/D work was already done.

      Also, the F-series is vital to the survival of the company. It's the most profitable product they have. Why wouldn't they invest in their cash cow? Even this year the F150 is the highest volume vehicle sold in the US. So, regardless of your little part of the world, there are ppl buying these trucks.

      You also must have no clue to the amount of cost cutting and other restructuring Ford has done over the last 2 years. Or how many factories they have (and still more to come) closed. Last I read they have reduced their head count by some 40,000 employees.

      Maybe you missed the press releases yesterday regarding the Fusion/Milan coming this Spring. Both of which will be available with a full hybrid system (1st US mfg to offer a hybrid sedan) that can run on full electric up to 47mph and have a range of 700 miles. The EPA estimates on those vehicles are in the high 30's. And don't forget the Escape hybrid which was the first hybrid SUV to be offered by anyone. All of their vehicles are class competitive on mpg.

      So, when you're sending that note to your elected officials please be sure to tell the whole story not just your slanted and woefully ill-informed view of the story.

      But thanks for playing!
        • 6 Years Ago
        They have been working on it for a few years. That's the problem. While they were designing silly trucks that no one is going to buy, other companies were busy anticipating the rising cost of gas and designing cars that people actually want. The F-150 WAS vital to the survival of the company - now its an albatros. In fact, so much so that they've had to delay the redesigned '09's release because of the excess '08 inventory currently rusting in dealer lots:

        http://www.autoobserver.com/2008/06/ford-delays-2009-f-series-launch-2008-losses-mount.html

        If you don't feel like reading the article (you don't strike me as the kind of guy that pays much attention to facts that run counter to your opinion), here's an interesting little tidbit:

        "F-Series sales were off a whopping 31 percent in May, pushing them down 19 percent for the calendar year to date. Perennially America's best-selling vehicle, the F-Series was displaced in May by the Honda Civic."

        Whoops! Who's story is "woefully ill-informed?

        But thanks for playing!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Very nice but they need to stop beating around the bush and just do this to it already: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hcxfEdXScSI
      • 6 Years Ago

      Why do I need an SVT pick-up again? Wasn't it a couple of years ago that Ford showed a custom remake of the big front fendered 50's style at SEMA?

      If they want to sell something that is relatively useless, PLEASE give it some STYLE.
      • 6 Years Ago
      So I guess Ford is a healthy, competitive company with a portfolio of fuel-efficient, technologically advanced vehicles ready to sell? They must certainly have some plug-in hybrids set to debut this model year, right? Because that's the only way they could possibly justify using their R&D dollars on such a ridiculous product. If they ever go begging for a government handout, I'll make sure to email this video to all my Congressional representatives as proof of just how well-managed FoMoCo really is.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Autoblog Green is over there -->. Just because fuel efficiency is the big rage doesn't mean they can't have a cool flag ship product to show off interesting thing there trucks can do. Hybrid trucks are a niche market at best and major point of failure considering the beating work trucks take. Ford has EcoBoost which will be far more useful for trucks and probably the engine the Raptor will come with. Let GM work out the kinks for hybrid trucks and test the market.

        • 6 Years Ago
        Artie, you have to sell what you have ! Yes, Ford missed the timing with Fiesta by a good 18 months. Yes, they overbuilt the '08 F150 and had to delay the launch of the '09 F150. And yes, most of the F150s sold with the "Raptor" option won't see much time off road !

        Who cares, if the company is successful ? GM and Chrysler are dieing for a government bailout and Ford is moving forward the best they can.

        F150 is not the vehicle for me, but I hope Ford sells a ton of theses and all models of the F150. They had just better figure their gas bill into their budget.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Not quite as many green kool-aid drinkers on AutoBlog as you initially thought, huh Artie?

        If only the HUMMER corporate elite had the cojones to pull this off instead of selling or killing the brand...
        • 6 Years Ago
        Jeleaous because your beloved toyota doesn't have something that can compete with this truck. Or dare i say it because it will slaughter the ridgeline?
        • 6 Years Ago
        Everything must be practical.
        Everything must be responsible.

        You sound like my Dad.
        • 6 Years Ago
        http://www.autoobserver.com/2008/06/ford-delays-2009-f-series-launch-2008-losses-mount.html

        The above article encapsulates the reality of the truck market. The era of the truck as personal transportation (that is, not work-related) is over. But you're all right; its much better to stick you head in the sand, pay higher taxes to support ridiculous bailouts, and reward mismanagement. The bottom line is Rome is burning, and Ford keeps fiddling away. There is a reason Ford investors are fleeing like rats from a sunken ship, and this kind of silliness is an apt symbol.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Oh Artie really! This is called doing something to get customers in the showroom. While in the showroom maybe they buy a Fusion or whatever that thing is called.

        Chillax dude.
        • 6 Years Ago
        The Raptor is supposed to be the first vehicle to get the new Boss V8. At least 5.0L, probably 5.7L, and even better would be the full monty at 6.2L.

        This won't be getting Ecoboost.
      • 6 Years Ago
      wow .. that body barely even moves. this is gonna be one hell of a truck. hopefully we'll see it with an Ecoboost V8.
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