This will come as no surprise to Ford truck lovers… The Texas Auto Writers Association named the 2014 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor the “Off-Road Truck of Texas.”
For three days, Texas Auto Writers Association members put trucks through rigorous testing at the Knibbe Ranch near San Antonio.
“Members of Texas Auto Writers pushed Raptor to the limit on one of the most rugged off-road courses in Texas,” according to Doug Scott, Ford truck group marketing manager. “Raptor again showed why it’s the most capable off-road pickup in America, as well as America’s favorite.”
The Ford F-150 SVT Raptor came to market in 2009. Since then, it has continued to
garner new fans and sales success with record sales performance eight of the past 10 months and sales up 14 percent this year. With sales expected to remain strong, Ford is increasing the vehicles production and growing assembly from three trucks per hour to five.
Continuously improved each year since its debut, the new Ford F-150 SVT Raptor Special Edition – the latest variant – adds upgrades inside and out to further differentiate its appearance and to appeal to luxury truck buyers seeking uncompromised performance off-road.
Key attributes to Raptor’s impressive performance are functional design cues and segment-exclusive suspension technology. Raptor is 7 inches wider than a base F-150 to make room for the additional suspension components that enable its off-road capabilities.
In addition, there are internal triple-bypass shocks by FOX Racing Shox – a first on a production truck – give the Raptor 11.2 inches of front suspension travel and 12.1 inches at the rear to handle tough terrain at high speeds. An electronic locking rear differential and Torsen® limited-slip front differential provide excellent capability for rock crawling and other low-speed off-road activities.
According to Ford, the industry-exclusive beadlock-capable wheels are available to further help increase grip in low-traction conditions, along with high-intensity discharge headlamps for improved visibility. Of course, SYNC® with MyFord Touch® is also available.
The Ford SVT Raptor is available exclusively with a 6.2-liter V8 engine producing 411 horsepower and 434 lb.-ft. of torque, mated to an electronic six-speed SelectShift Automatic® transmission with tow/haul mode. Raptor SuperCrew is rated to tow up to 8,000 pounds, complementing its unparalleled off-road capabilities.
When you’re ready to try out the off-road truck of Texas, take the short drive down I-45 to Planet Ford in Spring. www.PlanetFord.com!