Ford F-150

Ford F-150

When Ford unveiled the F-150 SVT Raptor in 2010, it made a machine that few could have ever imagined. This pickup was not only a performer on the road, like its SVT Lightning predecessor, but it was also extremely capable off of the beaten path. Since its debut, we have seen a few updates, with the biggest being the dropping of the 5.4-liter base engine in favor of a 411-horsepower, 6.2-liter V-8.

Now with 2014 model year vehicles rolling out, we have been waiting to see what the new SVT Raptor has to offer. Well, the wait is officially over, as Ford has just revealed the 2014 Raptor lineup with the unveiling of the 2014 F-150 SVT Raptor Special Edition yesterday during the Motor Press Guild Luncheon.

The big question mark is whether the 2014 model year will include any changes or if the SVT Raptor will retain its current form, plus this special edition.

Click past the jump to read all about the 2014 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor Special Edition

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Though Ford decided not to offer any big unveilings at the 2013 New York Auto Show, Shelby American came with a tuning kit based on one of its pickups, the 2013 Ford SVT Raptor . The kit adds enhanced power and handling, and a specially designed exterior and interior.

Shelby installed a 2.9-liter Whipple supercharger onto the standard 6.2-liter V-8 engine in the Raptor and a new Shelby Stinger exhaust system. As a result, the engine’s output jumps from the standard and already awesome 411 horsepower up to a total of 575 horsepower. The engine is mated to a six-speed automatic gearbox that transfers the power to all four wheels. Additionally, an "Off-Road" mode that calibrates the transmission, stability and traction control systems for optimal operation at high speeds off road.

The package includes a set of Shelby side fender heat extractors to keep the engine cool and make the truck look downright sweet. Also included for the exterior is your choice of one of three Shelby graphics packages – Traditional, Shelby Splash and Shelby Super Snake – so everyone knows that this isn’t any old SVT Raptor.

On the inside, the base kit comes with a custom interior that includes two-tone leather with contracting stitching, a serial numbered dashboard badge, and boost and fuel pressure gauges to make sure everything is within spec.

There are also a number of optional items you can add to the base kit, for a fee of course. First up is an optional set of customs wheels wrapped in 35-inch Goodrich All-Terrain tires, a Shelby roof-mounted light bar, front and rear Shelby-spec bumpers, a spare tire and bed-mounted spare tire carrier. More options are coming down the pipe soon.

The update package is priced starts at $17,995 – a relative bargain – and will be limited to only 100 units, so get to ordering.

Click here to see the full Shelby Raptor brochure.

There really are no bounds to the wonder that is Galpin Auto Sports. We’ve sung its praises on this site numerous times and it just keeps on smacking balls out of the park with its programs.

One of the latest projects that GAS worked on was actually commissioned by the folks over at Microsoft, specifically the team behind the PC game Halo 4. The request: build a military-inspired F-150 Raptor that could be inserted directly into Halo 4, and driven by Masterchief.

Easier said than done, right?

Not for GAS it seems. The American aftermarket company began the project by disassembling the truck and adding a custom paint scheme consisting of multiple matte green shades. From there, GAS also put in Line-X spray coating to the fender flares, bumpers, and the bed of the Raptor. A new Fox coil over suspension was also installed, increasing the truck’s suspension by 2.5 inches to accommodate the monstrous set of 35-inch Mud Grappler tires.

Inside, a slew of customized enhancements were put in, befitting the tastes of a hardcore gamer. A pair of 7-inch head rest monitors and one 10-inch drop down monitor was put in, all of which would be of good use for anybody who would want to play Halo 4 via the limited edition Halo4 XBox mounted in the custom build “UNSC” enclosure under the rear seat. And just to give everyone the feel of being inside a true military vehicle, GAS created a custom leather and canvas interior that puts you in the atmosphere of being on ground zero.

Finally, GAS also took time to add some performance enhancements to the Raptor, installing a Whipple industries supercharger and Magnaflow exhaust that improves the truck’s output to over 500 horsepower.

In a way, there was some truth to what Tanner Foust said. The Nürburgring isn’t exactly the first, second, or even third place you’d look to see a pickup truck, let alone a Ford Raptor , bouncing around the curbs and ripping through the truck.

Which is precisely why the hooning maestro and Top Gear USA host had to do it. Can’t say we blame him.

During a recent trip to Germany, Foust and his Rockstar team went to the world-famous race track and decided to put a Ford Raptor through its paces. With most Germans expecting supercar after supercar to take to the track, the sight of a hulking American pickup truck doing the same was definitely a sight to behold.

After all, you don’t always see something like this happening in the Nürburgring. But when you, it’s definitely worthy of being chronicled and shown on YouTube.

Check out the video of Tanner Foust running roughshod on the Nürburgring with the Ford Raptor!

In their latest episode of Epic Drives, Motor Trend took the Ford SVT F-150 Raptor and tossed it into the wild and dangerous Mohave Desert, California. The model is driven by Arthur St. Antoine, who put on an incredible show behind the wheel of this amazing pickup truck.

For those of you who do not remember, the Ford SVTF-150 Raptor is offered with a 6.2-liter V-8 engine that delivers a total of 411 horsepower and 434 pound-feet of torque. The engine is mated to an electronic six-speed automatic transmission that features a tow/haul mode and SelectShift Automatic functionality.

If you are interested in this model, it can be yours for $43,630 - a pretty hefty price if you consider a base F-150 is priced at just $23,670.

Watch the video to see how fun it can be to drive the F-150 Raptor into the desert.

It’s safe to say that major auto auctions like the recent one held by Barrett-Jackson in Scottsdale, Arizona are always a spectacle. It’s a playground for the rich auto enthusiasts to flex their financial muscles in an active bidding competition among their brethren to see who among them can scoop up their desired models.

Last weekend’s auction saw some pretty interesting models crossing the block and, while we’ve written about the final selling price generated by a number of the models being auctioned, we haven’t gone into detail on some of the more interesting vehicles auctioned off during the weekend-long event.

So we’re going to do this through a list because that’s generally how you can enumerate the models and have a rank for them based on what vehicle they are and how much interest they generated in the form of frenzied bids.

Check out our list of interesting auctioned cars at Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale after the jump.

A major auto show like the Detroit Auto Show always brings the best out of automakers who are participating in the event. And yeah, that even counts a local brand like Ford.

For the 2013 NAIAS, the hometown automaker has introduced a special-edition Ford F-150 that it has affectionately called the King Ranch Special Edition.

It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that this particular special-edition model of the F-150 King Ranch deserves special consideration because of the way Ford designed it.

The combination of aesthetic modifications and powertrain options certainly gives credence to its special-edition designation, so much so that this truck actually holds a certain amount of appeal to us. That being said, it would’ve been better if this baby came out with some performance upgrades too. After all, they’re always a good thing when you’re dealing with trucks of this size.

Find out more about the Ford F-150 King Ranch Edition after the jump

Galpin Auto Sports has never been bashful about the programs it builds. It doesn’t have reason to because almost everything it rolls out is worthy of attention.

Take for example this one-off Ford F-150 SVT Raptor that was custom built for Pabst Blue Ribbon. This is the kind of work that has earned Galpin the reputation of a fantastic aftermarket company and the number it did on this SVT Raptor certainly attests to that.

Dressed in a Got To Have It Green custom paint, the SVT Raptor is the picture of a monster truck with equally monstrous performance credentials. The look, for one, is all about aggression, highlighted by a new custom black grille, a remote control electric tonneau cover, and a set of 18-inch Method Race 301 Matte Black wheels wrapped in 35-inch BFG Mud Terrain tires. There’s also a suspension-leveling kit that has altered the SVT Raptor’s stance. This is quite a package, right?

Adding to all that is an interior that includes two-tone green stitched suede seats, custom-wrapped suede headliner and pillars, a custom rear seat enclosure, a contrast stitched steering wheel, and painted door panel inserts, console and center dash.

As far as audio is concerned, Galpin installed a JL Audio 10W 3 Subwoofer and HD900/5 Amplifier, Focal 165KRX2 and 130 KR Components and a Rockford Fosgate 3.Sixty.3 Signal Processor, all of which have been put together to provide an incredible sound that will blow your ears away.

Under the hood of the Hulk-like SVT Raptor lies a 6.2-liter V-8 engine that now produces 600 horsepower. This power upgrade owes its thanks to a new Roush Supercharger and a Borla performance exhaust. That’s a massive spike from the 411 horsepower of the standard model.

Ford F-150

Now that Chevrolet has officially announced the 2014 Silverado , it is time for its biggest competitor - Ford F-150 to make the next move. New details suggest that Ford will in fact be offering a first concept version of the 2015 F-150 next month at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show.

The current generation F-150 is on sale ever since 2009 and received an updated version with new engines and a new look in 2011. However, do not expect the production version of the F-150 to arrive shortly after the concept - rumors suggest in fact that customers interested in the new generation pick-up will have to wait until late fall of 2014. That will offer the Ford model quite a disadvantage in front of its Silverado competitor set to go on sale in the second quarter of 2013.

The 2015 F-150 will be about 700 lbs lighter than the current generation and Ford has promised a fuel economy improved by 15 to 20%. The model will be offered with a new generation of V-6 engines, internally known as the "Nano" family, in the 2.7 to 2.9-liter displacement range.

Full details will be unveiled at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show, stay tuned!

The Ford Raptor is a truck that doesn’t need to do a lot to catch attention. Its mere presence alone usually does the trick.

Every so often, however, somebody decides that Raptor deserves a boost, and when this “somebody” happens to be Roush Performance, you know you’re bound to get something special. This latest program isn’t all to Roush’s credit, as Cooper Tire and Mickey Thompson, two companies that know a thing or two about fitting vehicles the size of the Raptor with a set of polished wheels and tires, had hands in it too.

For all the impressive characteristics of the Raptor, the one that really brought this program to a new level was Roush Performance’s new Phase 2 R2300 calibration supercharger kit. This upgrade gave the Raptor a staggering output of 590 horsepower and 590 pound-feet of torque. The horsepower output, in particular, is a sharp spike from the standard model’s 411 horsepower and Roush’s Phase 1 program, which netted 525 horsepower. The supercharger kit also includes a new 7 5mm supercharger pulley and Roush’s own PCM calibration. The kit was created through hours upon hours of research and testing that included it undergoing extreme environmental temperatures from -20 degrees F up to and through 120 degrees F. Roush went above and beyond by performing these tests at an altitude of 14,000 feet above sea level to ensure both quality and performance.

The price for the program has been set at $599 and comes with a 3-year or 36,000-mile warranty on the Roush parts only. Unfortunately, the program isn’t for sale or can’t be installed in California in large part because it’s not approved by the California Air Resources Board.

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