• Oct 10th 2009 at 8:48PM
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2010 Ford SVT Raptor at Latemodel Restoration Supply - Click above for high-res gallery

If you read some of the model-specific buff books like Muscle Mustangs and Fast Fords (raises hand), you're probably familiar with Latemodel Restoration Supply, which always has a multi-page ad in the mag touting its wares. Earlier this week, a shiny new Ford F-150 SVT Raptor visited the retailer's HQ. Photos were taken and posted to Flickr, where we saw them and decided they were definitely worth sharing. The Raptor is interesting on three levels. First off, it's a Raptor. Secondly, it's finished in Blue Flame -- a color that looks extremely good on this truck. (Frankly, we're tired of seeing the orange ones.) Finally, this particular machine rolls without the cheesy, '80s-looking factory bed-side graphics package. End result: a Raptor that's clean and mean. Clearly, this is the way to do it.

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      • 5 Years Ago
      I agree with the others. Very cool truck, but Ford needs to work on its engine bay presentation...
      • 5 Years Ago
      White's a good colour too on the Raptor.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The Raptor is a good looking truck (good replacement for the current F-150) but not outstanding for the day. “Outstanding” means the Chrysler 300 and Charger are the only outstanding looking 4 door sedans’ on today’s roads. Every other 4 door sedan we currently have are the so identical (I mean outline) in the dark unless you see the lines and logos in the light. The Raptor would have been outstanding in the 1950's. For today the Ford SUPER CHIEF is real outstanding. I badly need a truck and the only truck I see on today’s drawing boards that I want to have in my drive way against the Chrysler 300 and the2010 Mustang GT I already own is the Ford SUPER CHIEF.
      If Ford takes too long to mass produce the SUPER CHIEF by the time they decide to get it out (may be in 2050) it’s going to be too boring. Just like, the 2010 Camero and 2009 Challanger have been very frustrating. I remember first seeing them some time 5 years back in the magazines. 5 years I waited for these cars to get out to own one of them. When they finally got out the design is so boring, the 2010 Mustang looks better (ended up buying the GT for myself with the sport track and the rapid 400A package - almost fully loaded. I know on the race track the Camaro and Challanger are 1 or 2 seconds faster but for everyday use and speed limits we have, looks mean more than the horses). Not saying the new Camero and Challanger are not good looking - Look at it this way - Let's keep the hype (or the way the auto industry wants the Media to make people believe) behind and have an independent opinion - Put the 3 cars (2010 Camero, 2009 Challanger and 2010 Mustang) behind a screen and a light behind the cars - The Mustang from these three is the only one that looks like a "sports car" because of its big rear window may be - the other two look like family sedans’ converted coups. As a car enthusiast "Sports Car" means the looks of BMW-Z4 or Nissan 350Z. Cars like Altima Coupe, Accord Coupe, BMW 1 series are NOT sports car please. You can get a Lada and give it a sports track package – it will still be an economy family sadan-converted-socalled sports car. The new Camero and Challanger are good against the BMW 1 series but not against the BMW Z4. The Mustang is not exactly a Viper or Corvette but at least closer.
      Bottom line message to Ford: PLEASE GET THE SUPER CHIEF OUT - The RAPTOR is boring - Unless you are in denial.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Love the color! Very nice looking truck, can't wait to see how they are with the 6.2L.

      I wonder if it would be too much to ask for Ford to bring out a "Raptor-ized" version of the Expedition? It would be nice to see that SUV gain back a bit of it's off-road prowess. It's annoying that it can't even be bought with a limited-slip rear anymore.
        • 5 Years Ago
        back in the days of the Lightning, Ford made a concept called the thunder. Essentially a Lightning-milled Expedition. Obviously, It never made it to production, but it was a cool idea.

        So all of the L enthusiasts were sufficiently teased, but that was as far as that ever made it. A concept would be neat to see, but like most neat concepts from Ford (especially concerning SVT products) they will never see asphalt.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Nahhh. I want Orange with Decals.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I walked around a black one with decals a couple weeks ago. Pretty hot I must say!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Needs more dirt.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Bob Lutz always complimented minivan buyers who opted for the GTO version: that is, the Good Taste Option of foreswearing the cheesy wood applique "panelling." This Raptor is stunning. I had always wondered what it would look like all growed up.

      Good job Autoblog -- now send this to whomever at Ford is guilty of the "Members Only" edition.

      By the way: this version only makes me weep for the lost opportunity if the Dodge M80,

      PS Whoever wrote about Jeep (make that the Auburn Hills period) losing its way. Absolutely right.
      • 5 Years Ago
      bolts are rusty on one of the pictures
      • 5 Years Ago
      The tacky 'Ford' grill is like a big tacky belt buckle. Which probabaly appeals to your average off roader or wannabe offroader, which shows Ford knows how to market a truck. Too bad they don't make them as well as they market them.
        • 5 Years Ago
        What the hell.

        You people are still complaining about quality? Just go test-drive a Raptor.
      • 5 Years Ago
      @Miles... "ha, ha! You slay me bro! Gotta go to your local school in Pasadena to be cool? So you're 63 and haven't owned a domestic (save a crappy aerostar) since 1970!

      Ford is putting out superior product right now - try to take an objective look and it's easy to see..."

      Yo dude, in case you didn't know Art Center here in Pasadena is one of the greatest car design schools in the WORLD. So if we are going to intelligently discuss car design you need to at least have a minimal understanding on the subject which it seems you don't. Yeah I'm 63 so what? I go to the LA Car Show every year and am amazed at the crap being put out by "OUR" USA car companies. You like them fine but I don't drink the "I'm an American" koolaid just because I'm US born.

      I have been to the show rooms and don't see anything worth my time but... I will say Ford has improved quality, a bit. Whenever I go to buy a new car I do look at GM & Ford but see NOTHING, NOTHING worth my time..well, I can't afford a GT or that would be it. Mustang, give me a break, Camero... what a joke, what else ya got... Charger.. I just threw up in my mouth! All rehashed "American Glory" cars that are just that... REHASHED! Period!

      Now to head you off... I'm not saying the imports are the best in styling or quality but they sure as hell beat our companies. My MINI Cooper S has not been the best vehicle I've ever owned but at least it's fun to drive and generally performs as advertised.

      MILES & OTHERS WHO LIKE THIS TRUCK, PLEASE READ THIS.... If ya like it go for it, it's still a free country.
      • 5 Years Ago
      save for the grill, that is a pretty cool truck.
        • 5 Years Ago

        and I like the grille on this.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yeah, the grille makes this car.

        Jeep needs to take a few styling cues from this truck. I feel Jeep's lost its way recently.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Someone please tell Ford, that they should a wee bit more time cleaning up the presentation of their engine compartments. It's not just this vehicle, the biggest disappointment on the new Taurus SHO, is the unkempt engine bay.

      The engine bay of this 2010 Raptor (awesome truck) looks no better that the engine compartment of that 2001 Crown Vic NYC taxi cab that threw a belt on 7th Ave last week.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Thanks LS2 you get the point.

        fixitfixitstop: What the heck are you babbling about? The engine compartment of both this truck and the SHO are sloppy. I know that Ford can do better, because I currently own a FORD product that was packaged better. So what they slapped a few pieces of cheap plastic covers on the SHO, that is a really nice car and it deserved more thought.

        The "Ecoboost" motor is supposed to be the crown jewel of the Ford empire, and this the best way in which they can showcase it?

        1990s SHO: http://www.autoblog.com/gallery/review-2010-ford-taurus-sho#50

        2010 SHO: http://www.autoblog.com/gallery/review-2010-ford-taurus-sho#36
        • 5 Years Ago
        As a former owner of an '89 SHO, I can tell you that, while the snakes were very pretty, the engine bay was basically impossible to work in. Don't romanticize the past just because you don't like the present.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I'm babbling about how function is more important than fashion under the hood, and you did say the word "presentation". That implies the looks of the engine compartment.
        • 5 Years Ago
        The intake on the old SHO looks cool, but the engine bay on the whole looks much more muddled.

        You guys must freak out if you actually see a spark plug wire or a fan belt.
        • 5 Years Ago
        When done correctly, engine covers actually make an engine significantly easier to clean.

        And engine covers isn't the only problem this engine bay has. The hose routing and layout could be better in a lot of ways that also would make this engine bay easier to keep clean.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Presentation of the engine compartment? WHAT? This is a truck that is designed to get dirty. Engine covers and all that rot will just make it MORE of a PITA to clean.

        Save your fancy engine compartments for your Lexus or Audi.
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