The world's baddest street-legal production pickup truck is spawning a new and more versatile variation for the upcoming model year with the arrival of the 2011 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor SuperCrew. Gaining an extra 11.9-inches of wheelbase, more rear-seat space and an even more comfortable ride, the new SuperCrew version shares the same 5.5-foot cargo box as the original SuperCab Raptor as well as its standard-for-2011 6.2-liter V8 engine that cranks out 411 horsepower and 434 lb-ft of torque. Other notable differences that set the SuperCrew version apart include a larger 36.0-gallon fuel tank and an 8,000-lb maximum tow capacity, compared to the 26.0-gallon/6,000-lb stats of the SuperCab model.

True to its Raptor heritage, this more accommodating newcomer also comes with full SVT-spec Baja-bashing chassis bits, including the sophisticated four-wheel drive package. "We spent a lot of time getting the ride and suspension characteristics of the SuperCrew similar to that of the SuperCab, and we were successful in getting the same character and flavor out of the SuperCrew," said Jamal Hameedi, SVT chief nameplate engineer. "While the SuperCab and SuperCrew both have different strengths, each is worthy of the Raptor nameplate."

Both of the 2011 Ford F-150 SVT Raptors will be available in the new Ingot Silver Metallic exterior color that was recently previewed on the 2011 Ford Harley-Davidson F-150 as well as revamped body graphics that include a glare-reducing matte-black hood accent that was inspired by the old Ford Bronco desert runners. Inside, the 2011 Raptors feature standard black trim or the optional Molten Orange Interior Accent Package. They also boast revamped gauge graphics as well as a new 4.2-inch LCD central "productivity screen" that provides the driver with information on the status of various dynamic systems, including off-road mode, Hill Descent Control, electronic locking differential settings and the AdvanceTrac with Roll Stability Control. It also contains a dedicated off-road mode that presents critical info on steering wheel angle and vehicle attitude when negotiating grades.

For added control, the Raptor's six-speed automatic transmission now comes with SelectShift capability that's activated by switch mounted on the center console. A host of convenience/security items -- including a telescoping steering column, 110V AC power inverter, express up/down power windows, integrated spotter mirror, perimeter alarm and a head restrain for the second-row middle seat -- also join the standards list while a new Raptor Plus Package offers a rear-view camera and trailer braking.

Orders for the 2011 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor SuperCab and SuperCrew have just begun with the first vehicles due for delivery sometime "late this year."

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