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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.


Trucks aren’t exactly famous for their luxurious touches. Of course, we doubt that anyone looking to buy a pick-up is doing so to get Rolls-Royce type luxury, so that has never really mattered. Chris Ross feels a little different about this, as he has developed a new tuning package based on the Ford F-150 Raptor . With its 411 HP 6.2-liter V8 engine in tow, this pick-up truck has just received a Luxury Performance Raptor for the 2012 SEMA Auto Show.

The Ford F-150 was developed in cooperation with teams like Roush Performance, Fox Racing, and Meguiar, and takes the pick-up to an unexpected level of luxury. Roush is offering a Phase 2 ROUSHcharger kit that will increase the output to an impressive 590 hp and 535 lb.-ft. of torque.

In order to handle the extra power, the truck was also equipped with a new suspension kit and a new set of wheels sized 19" up front and 20" at the rear.

More details on this impressive kit will be unveiled during the 2012 SEMA Auto Show, so stay tuned!


Ford is reestablishing their tuning connection with K-Daddyz Kustomz with another rendition of the F-150 for the SEMA Auto Show. This tuning package really isn’t anything new considering this team put together the same package for the 2009 SEMA Auto Show , but hopefully we’ll be pleasantly surprised with new upgrades when the show doors open.

The Ford F-150 by K-Daddyz Kustomz is based on a 2013 Ford F-150 FX2 Sport Super Cab and features the same description as the tuning package from a few years ago: street influence with a touch of urban luxury. In art, that translates to a bright red monochromatic exterior paint finish with new 24-inch wheels and tires. The first details suggest that the model will also include a fully detailed undercarriage and a mind-blowing Rockford Fosgate audio system.

Under the hood, the tuner will keep the same 5.0 liter Ti-VCT V8 engine, but will add a supercharger that will most likely will help in increasing the standard output of 360 HP.


Tuning packages for muscle cars and sports cars are always fun to look at, but every once in awhile, we need a tuned up truck that will answer the needs of every off-roading truck lover in existence. Ford is answering that call with a line-up of updated F-Series pick-up trucks for the 2012 SEMA Auto Show.

The first truck is based on a Ford F-150 FX2 Sport Super Cab and has been developed in cooperation with Truckin’ Magazine. The tuner opted for a grey exterior paint finish with a custom stripe kit in order to provide the car with an aggressive look and feel. This very cool F-150 has also received a new set of wheels,as well as a lowered stance and a high-performance brake package. The interior was largely left alone except for a few luxury touches.

The Ford F-150 FX2 Sport Super Cab by Truckin Magazine is powered by the usual 3.5 liter EcoBoost V6 engine, but at this point, we can’t say whether or not the engine has been privy to any engine boosts. That being said, the truck’s 365 HP should be more than enough for off-road adventures.


Roush Performance, in cooperation with Greg Biffle, have developed a very cool Ford F-150 SVT Raptor, specially designed for the Sherwin-Williams Planet Color All-Star Charity Challenge. This Ford F-150 SVT Raptor will be put up against Toyota driver Clint Bowyer and his ’50s-style work truck based on the Tundra . The winner of the Charity Challenge will be determined once the F-150 custom truck heads to the Barrett-Jackson auction in Las Vegas in September. Bowyer’s Tundra was already auctioned for an impressive $100,000.

The F-150 Raptor will receive a TVS2300 supercharger that increases the output from the pick-up truck’s 6.2-liter V8 engine to an impressive 525 HP. Next to the supercharger, the tuner has also added a performance exhaust system, custom 18" wheels wrapped in 35-inch BFGoodrich tires, a TireGate tire carrier, and light bars at the front and rear.

The F-150 Raptor is painted in a cool red finish combined with some racing graphics that give the car a true racing look.

Hit the jump for a video of the Ford F-150 SVT Raptor by Roush and Greg Biffle.

Source: Autoblog

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