2011 F-150 Raptor SVT
2011 F-150 Raptor SVT. Click image to enlarge

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By Paul Williams
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Trucks are the original “personal” vehicles. The Ford F-150 pickup truck, for example, can be ordered in a dizzying number of configurations, with numerous combinations of cabs, box sizes, trim levels, axle ratios, engines, packages and special features available.
Even the special editions are customizable to some extent, although models like the SVT Raptor and Harley-Davidson target buyers by bundling features around popular themes and activities. Here’s a rundown of the SVT, Harley-Davidson, and others.

2011 F-150 Raptor SVT

SVT stands for Ford’s ‘Special Vehicle Team.’ For the 2011 model year, only 500 of these specialty pickups will make it here, according to Ford, which describes the F-150 Raptor SVT as a, “high-speed, off-road performance truck.”

2011 F-150 Raptor SVT
2011 F-150 Raptor SVT. Click image to enlarge

The Raptor SVT is 175 millimetres wider than the base F-150 and features (among many other special modifications) FOX Racing Shox to provide what Ford describes as “extra suspension travel for extreme off-roading and a smooth ride on regular road surfaces.”

The Raptor SVT uses cast aluminum front control arms and rides on SVT-tuned 35-inch BFGoodrich All-terrain TA/KO 315/70 tires. This truck has 284 mm (11.2 inches) of front suspension travel and 307 mm (12.1 inches) of rear suspension travel on either the $54,999 SuperCab or new-for-2011 $56,999 SuperCrew models (these prices include Raptor Interior, Raptor Graphics and freight).

The previously optional 6.2-litre V8 engine producing 411-horsepower and 434 pound-feet of torque is standard for 2011, and the fuel tank grows to 136-litre capacity. The engine is mated to a six-speed Select Shift automatic transmission and the Raptor is rated for 8,000 pound towing capacity.

2011 F-150 Raptor SVT
2011 F-150 Raptor SVT. Click image to enlarge

Although the SuperCrew Raptor SVT features a 304-mm (12-inch) longer wheelbase than the SuperCab, Ford engineers say they have succeeded in getting the “same character and flavour out of the SuperCrew.” It is conceded that the SuperCrew delivers a more comfortable ride, especially in rough conditions.

Ingot Silver is added to the Raptor SVT colour choices (Blue Flame, Tuxedo Black, Molten Orange) for 2011, with model-specific graphics inspired by older off-road racing Ford Broncos.

According to our review of the 2010 Raptor, “veteran off-roaders … were blown away by the capabilities exhibited by the Raptor, and none of them could believe that it was, in fact, a stock production vehicle.”

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