All About the Ford Raptor
When it comes to legends in the full-size pickup industry, few have the kind of mystique of the Ford Raptor. But what makes this performance Ford F-150 the talk of the town and the desire of truck lovers everywhere? For this, it is important to dive into not only the Raptor’s history as one of the top Ford trucks on the market but also what the current model has to offer. This is ultimately the kind of truck you can buy and then fully customize and add your features to it. But whether you’re shopping around for a Ford F-150 Raptor as-is, are interested in customizing it yourself, or you just enjoy looking at the beauty of a truck, here’s everything you need to know about the Ford Raptor.
Early Years Of The SVT Raptor
The Ford F-150 Raptor, or the Fort SVT Raptor as it was originally called, is a relatively new addition to the Ford F-150 series of pickups. There have been just two generations of the pickup since its debut in 2010.
Within Ford Motor Company, there is the Special Vehicle Team, also known as SVT. This department works together to produce high-performance vehicles and has been doing so since the formation of the SVT back in 1993. The company’s first release was the SVT Lightning, which itself was a special edition Ford F-150 pickup. The department also crafted the Ford Mustang SVT Cobra, which it released several renditions of from 1993 through 2000 (you can still see Cobras in the world today, which feature a cobra identifier instead of a pony).
Other vehicle releases from the SVT department include the SVT Contour, SVT Focus, the GT90, the Ford GT, and several other models.
As Ford eventually stopped production of the SVT Lightning, which was designed specifically for on-road performance, the company wanted to create a truck that did have on-road performance features but was more rugged and capable of going off-road. This eventually resulted in the 2010 Raptor release.
The initial release of the SVT Raptor came with an entirely upgraded chassis system, including internal bypass shocks that allowed for up to 11 inches of front suspension movement and 12 inches of rear movement. It also widened the track by 7 inches and raised the overall rider seat height by 2 inches. The pickup also now had a front skid plate installed under the rear bumper to help protect the undercarriage when off-roading.
As for overall engine performance, the truck did come standard with a 5.4L V8 that produced 310 horsepower. It also came with the option to use a 6.2L V8 that produces 411 horsepower. This was the same engine used in the Ford F-250 Super Duty pickup. However, the following year, Ford stopped putting the smaller engine into the Raptor as it decided to go with the larger 6.2L V8.
Second Generation Ford Raptor
In 2015, Ford released the 13th generation of the Ford F-series of pickups. During the first two years of the new generation of pickups, Ford eventually came out with the 2017 Ford Raptor. As the second generation of the Raptor Ford decided to ditch the SVT name.
The new upgrades with the second generation Raptor included an even larger travel increase with the shocks and Chassis, boosting both the front and rear travel to 13 inches. However, the powertrain on this Ford Raptor is a bit different from the first generation. While the 2011-2014 Ford SVT Raptor used only a 6.2L V8, the Raptor does not use a V8 at all. Instead, it takes advantage of a 3.5L EcoBoost V6. This is a variation of the engine used in the Ford GT. The particular engine could produce 450 horsepower while the truck also used a 10-speed transmission.
Raptor In A Smaller Size
The Raptor design is no longer exclusive to the Ford F-150. Ford has also started to produce a Ford Ranger Raptor on the smaller pickup. It shares many of the same model designs as well as removing the blue oval from the face and instead of taking advantage of the larger “FORD” print. It also has a wider track and raised ride height over the standard Ranger.
However, the only downside currently is Ford is not releasing the Ford Ranger Raptor in North America. Instead, Ford is selling the Ranger Raptor in markets with the full-sized F-150 is not as popular (such as in Europe where the smaller streets require a smaller pickup). So, currently, it is not yet known when, or if, Ford will bring the Raptor Ranger to the United States. Although with the recent release of the Ranger back into the U.S., there is a strong chance it will eventually make the move.
Specs on the Current Ford Raptor
The current 2020 Ford Raptor takes advantage of a twin-turbo regular V6 3.5L engine that produces 450 horsepower and 510 lb-ft of torque. All of this allows you to tow up to 8,000 pounds. Of course, when considering a Ford Raptor, you’re doing so because you can’t wait to take it off the beaten path and blaze your trails. That’s why it still takes advantage of the Fox-Live Valve Racing Shox. The shocks are designed to adjust to the off-roading terrain automatically.
The F-150 Raptor also includes something known as Trail Control. This is essentially cruise control for low-traction, off-road terrain. In these situations, a regular cruise control feature will not work properly, and yet if you’re driving a considerable way off-road, it can take a toll on your body. With this design, you set the desired speed, and the truck will handle the braking and acceleration. It can do this by sending the necessary torque to individual wheels as the driving conditions change. This way, you can spend your time focused on what you’re driving over instead of altering the speeds.
As is the case with previous models, to protect the undercarriage of your truck as you drive, the Ford F-150 Raptor does include standard skid plates for both the front and the engine. And to take full advantage of your time outside with this beauty of a truck, you can opt to include a twin-panel moonroof (available only on the SuperCrew model). There are also several optional features to help improve the interior quality of your ride, so if you’re interested in the 2020 Ford F-150 Raptor, make sure to talk options when you stop in.
Own Your Own For Raptor Today
If you’ve been eyeing the Ford Raptor for some time but just haven’t pulled the trigger on one yet, now is the perfect time to do so at DePaula Ford here in Albany, NY. With a large lineup of Ford F-150 pickups on the lot, if you have your heart set on the Raptor model, you can either come out to the lot to see what all is available or contact us through the website. This is one of the most in-demand Ford trucks, and also one of the more limited production vehicles, so the Raptor does tend to move quickly. When you are ready to pull the trigger on your next (or first) truck, our crack team of customer service representatives will help connect you with your dream truck.