2011 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor Crew Cab
For 2011, Ford has debuted yet another version of the off-road monster, the SVT Raptor. This time it gains a SuperCrew configuration, as well as a new engine. The new Raptor will be equipped with a 6.2 liter, 411 horsepower, 434 lb-ft of torque V8, which is the same engine found in the Super-duty.
The two biggest additions to the new Raptor are the standard 4.2 inch LCD screen, and the new SelectShift Automatic 6-speed transmission.
This new cab configuration for the Raptor increases interior volume and allows for a more comfortable ride for the rear passengers. The SuperCrew also has improved payload and towing capacity over the Supercab configuration. The Payload receives a bump from 930 lbs to 1,030 lbs, but maximum trailer tow weight jumps from 6,000 lbs to 8,000 lbs. It also carries a larger gas tank that is 36 gallons, compared to the other models 26 gallon tank. This increase will help when towing heavy loads and gas is just dripping away.
The biggest news about this pickup truck is that Ford has now decided to do away with the 5.4 liter V8, and swap it with the more powerful and efficient 6.2 liter engine. The 6.2 liter is now the only engine you can get in Raptor form.
Another huge addition to the Raptor is SelectShift. SelectShift automatic transmission is a massive addition to the Raptor for all off-roaders that realize the importance of gear selection in varying terrains. Ford has added a toggle switch, which is located on the console shift lever that can engage a mode where the transmission doesn’t second-guess the driver, giving the driver total control over gear selection when motoring. For example, upshifts are not commanded at redline, and downshifts are allowed at the lowest gear possible. This makes the SelectShift transmission as close to a manual tranny as an automatic could get.
Interior-wise, the biggest upgrade as mentioned earlier is the standard 4.2-inch LCD productivity screen that is located in the center of the new instrument cluster. This screen comes from the 2011 Super-duty trucks, but in the Raptor the screen provides a cool welcome animation and vehicle status information that is important for off-roaders. It has an off-road mode, a hill descent control button, electronic locking differential settings and AdvanceTrac with RSC, which is short for Roll Stability Control.
The menu in the F-150 SVT Raptor CrewCab is operated via five-way buttons which is located on the steering wheel. This makes it so there is a minimal amount of distraction from driving.
Ford now offers two new packages for the Raptor: Raptor Plus Package and Raptor Luxury Package.
The Raptor Plus Package is for owners that do a lot of towing, as it adds both a rear-view camera and a trailer brake controller.
The Raptor Luxury Package is for owners that want a little more technology, as they will receive power folding mirrors and a remote start system.
Ford has added a new color to the line-up, called Ingot Silver Metallic. Buyers will also have the option of putting graphics on the truck to give it an individual and personalized look.
The 2011 Raptor trucks are set to arrive in the later part 2010, but Ford dealerships are taking orders now.