Ford Raptor Snares Four Wheeler “Pickup Truck of the Year” Award

by Ford in the News on February 3, 2011

2011 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor SuperCrew image

What happens when you pit the Ford F-150 SVT Raptor SuperCrew against the best of its “competition” in a grueling 1,000-mile battle through mountain trails, desert sand dunes, stream crossings and interstate highways? Pretty much the same thing that’s already happened numerous times before: The Raptor came out on top and took home another prestigious award, this time earning “Pickup Truck of the Year” honors from Four Wheeler magazine.

“Raptor is every four-wheel-drive enthusiast’s dream of what a factory pickup truck should be,” said Douglas McColloch, Four Wheeler editor. “Straight off the showroom floor, Raptor comes equipped with all manner of premium performance parts that are designed for extreme off-pavement forays—be it rock crawling, mud bogging or desert racing. The Raptor undertakes these tasks without compromising the F-150 platform’s class-leading ride and handling characteristics on pavement. It inspires confidence in the dirt and delivers serenity on the street.”

2010 F-150 SVT Raptor imageIn addition to another award for the truck’s trophy case—and its bigger cabin—the Raptor SuperCrew also adds a number of other key enhancements for the 2011 model year:

  • The big 6.2-liter V8—capable of pouring out 411 hp and 434 lb.-ft. of torque—is now standard equipment.
  • Ford’s innovative SelectShift six-speed automatic transmission will manage all that power.
  • Range is increased, thanks to a larger, 36-gallon fuel tank.
  • Towing capability has been enhanced to 8,000 lbs.
  • The interior now boasts a 4.2-inch LCD productivity screen.
  • A new exterior paint color, Ingot Silver Metallic, debuts, as do optional hood graphics inspired by classic Ford Bronco off-road racers.

“Ford’s Special Vehicle Team is immensely proud of this coveted award and is excited to bring the 2011 F-150 Raptor SuperCrew to market,” said Jost Capito, director of Global Performance Vehicles and Motorsports Business Development.

And so are customers: More than 2,700 of them had ordered the Raptor SuperCrew before it even went on sale at dealers like the Minneapolis Ford Dealer.

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