SEMA Scene: Ford Shows Ragin' Raptors With New 6.2-liter V8

By Editors on November 6, 2009 2:31 PM
As if the standard-issue model wasn't outrageous enough, Ford used the SEMA show to unveil the ultimate street version of its F-150 SVT Raptor as well as a pure racing variant aimed specifically made for all-out Baja blasting. Starting early next year, those in search of the world's most powerful half-ton street pickup can add an extra $3,000 to the standard Raptor's $38,995 pricetag and have theirs fitted with the new 6.2-liter V8 in place of its baseline 5.4-liter Triton engine. That enhancement will upgrade the Raptor's underhood stat sheet from 320 horsepower and 390 lb-ft of torque to an even more potent 411 horses and 434 lb-ft of twist. According to Ford, it should also trim about a half second off of 0-60 mph times, putting a Raptor 6.2L somewhere in the low-sevens. For hard core off-road runners, Ford Racing will soon offer an even more intense, desert-only alternative called the FR Raptor XT. Billing it as a "turnkey professional pre-runner, the XT will retain virtually all of the Raptor's comfort/convenience features. However, its 6.2-liter will be tuned to make an estimated 500 horsepower. In addition to upgrading all of the street Raptors cool chassis bits, the XT's race-spec kit will include things like a full 4130 Chromoly roll cage, competition-grade skid plates, even longer-travel front/rear shock absorbers and off-road beadlock wheels and tires as well as unique tubular bumpers. No word yet on when the FR Raptor XT will be available, but Ford Racing plans to build only 50 of these extreme machines, and each will command a stout $99,500. In 2008, a near-identical prototype Raptor R successfully completed the Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 on its first public shakedown -- and managed to notch a third-place podium finish in the hotly-contested Class 8.
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