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When it comes to all things pickup trucks, Mike Levine from PickupTrucks.com is the man, bar none. He's got the first video report on the new Ford F-150 SVT Raptor and goes into far greater detail about the truck's special bits than we ever could. The Raptor, of course, is the latest product from the SVT crew and it's fully off-road ready. This beast is unlike the previous F-150 SVT Lightning, which blended lots of horsepower with a strictly on-road suspension set up. SVT seems to have realized that a pickup truck will never be a sports car and vice versa, so they set up the Raptor with new heavy duty suspension mounts, unique suspension arms and new Fox racing remote reservoir dampers. The SVT Raptor will be launched with the current 5.4L V8 underhood, although the 6.2L "Boss" V8 should be available as an option by the end of '09. The interior is fitted with all kinds of special bits and from the outside the Raptor will be instantly recognizable thanks to a unique grille and flared out fenders. Check out the video for yourself after the jump and our high-res galleries of the SVT Raptor below. Thanks to Sam (not me) for the tip!

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      • 6 Years Ago
      I still don't see the practical application for this vehicle.. unless you live in the middle of the dessert or the top of a mountain and have no access to paved roads within 20 miles of your house this is an absolutely retarded choice for a daily driver. Looks incredibly fun though.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I like the grill.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Love the truck. Looks great, and has the specs to back it up.

      Also, anybody notice the skid pan in photo 5? Good to see them beating up on it.
      • 6 Years Ago
      This is the first Ford vehicle I've ever wanted. I'm absolutely drooling over this truck! Ford can't bring it to market soon enough!

      While it may be missing a proper solid front axle and front locker, at least its "off-road package" is a real off-road package, unlike the sticker packages of the past. The rear locker and 35" tires are nice, but it needs a solid front axle, front locker, and 4:1 transfer case to be useful off-road to more than just the high-speed desert crowd. There's more to 4wheeling than blasting across the desert at 100mph - what about those who prefer to go slow, like rockcrawlers or just families going camping, who still need a proper off-road vehicle?

      Great first step, Ford. You've got the fast version. Now we need you to build a crawler with the aforementioned equipment.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I mean this in the nicest way, he needs to eat something. He is skinny.

      Oh yeah the truck. I'll take mine in black, without the splash stuff on the back.
        • 6 Years Ago
        It may come as a shock to you, but he is what a normal person is supposed to weight. He might be considered to be "skinny" in the US but that's actually normal.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Is it possible to start posts with something relevant to the post?
      • 6 Years Ago
      This truck is badass. Another good variant. No other company offes a truck that will suit everyone. Only one is missing which is someting to cpmpete with dodge has whict is the SRT-10. Now put the LS9 or the crate motor thats in that G8 concept and we're back in business.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I've never wanted a truck before.

      Put that 3.6 turbo in it, and I'm there.
      • 6 Years Ago
      The blue oval on the front of my truck would have suited me just fine. This grill falls into the category more show - no go.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I heard, that if you lock the differential, it voids the warranty.

      • 6 Years Ago
      That one nice Truck

      Ugly and the interior build looks beyond cheap....

      • 6 Years Ago
      That grill rocks.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I hope you're not serious as what you describe is quite common on all cars. Yes, believe it or not they all have grills that, for the most part, change yearly.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Probably pricey to replace too. One smack by a deer/cougar/pheasant and BLAM!! No more grill.
      • 6 Years Ago
      So SVT isn't dead, huh. Now they just need to come out with a cheaper blown stang (ala '03-'04 Cobra) and a new Lightning. This looks like it was done around here in Northern NV as there are no cacti or Josua trees anywhere to be seen.

      As for the truck, no thank you. It just doesn't fit what I want in a vehicle, but seems like it's well done for those that do.
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