Tuesday, November 4, 2008

New Reveal At SEMA : Ford F-150 SVT Raptor

You may saw Ford's teaser video of the Raptor. And now with the start of the SEMA Auto Show, it's here. This is an all-new 2010 F-150 SVT Raptor, a purpose-built, high-performance off-road truck versatile enough to take on the most challenging desert adventures as well as the everyday commute. So it's is built to be tougher than the standard F-150.
The Raptor gets Ford's trademark 5.4L V8 with 310hp and 365 lb.-ft of torque. However, a monsterous 6.2L V8 will be available after its launch. So it surely is a pickup truck. Though, to be a serious off-roading turck these days, it needs to have the latest off-roading technology. It has got Ford's Roll Stability Control which predicts the vehicle’s path using a sensor to detect and measure oversteer and yaw by monitoring the vehicle’s speed, throttle position and steering wheel angle. When the system senses wheel slip or the loss of traction, it applies braking where needed to keep the truck tracking safely on its intended path. So it's like a Nissan GT-R, but in truck form! It's really impressing seeing this truck has such amazing off-roading capabilities.
As for exterior, the major differences between the Raptor and the standard F-150, is the unique grille, side dual exhaust pipes and a body that is a full seven inches wider. Also notice, functional hood extractors and a special optional graphics package. To me, this has to be one of the best looking turcks of all time. Mainly because when they've widen it, it gave it a more "standy" look.
Inside, they gave it some sporting potentials. Ford raised up the dash, so you feel in-grab with the car more, so you don't need to stretch down for all the buttons like in a normal truck. They also gave it huge, buckety, two-toned sport seats to keep you in place while jumping and drifting in hard and easy surfaces (they hold you at any situation). The steering wheel has a red marker on the middle of the grip to know where exactly are you steering (it's usually on rally cars).

So it was a good start of SEMA's Auto Show. Keep tuned to find more cars at the SEMA Auto Show.

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