Ford has been selling the F-Series since 1948, but the F-150 nomenclature didn’t arrive until 1975, when Ford used it as a `tweener pickup to span the gap between the F-100 and F-250.
When Ford rolled out the Atlas Concept at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show, we were pretty sure that the automaker was already hard at work the F-150. In fact, the model has already been spotted testing and today we present our first rendering to help you see what we think the new F-150 will look like.
Rumors suggest that Ford will focus on drastically reducing the F-150’s total weight by making use of lightweight aluminum materials. Under the hood, the model will likely carry the same engine lineup with some minor improvements to the total output and fuel consumption.
The new-generation Ford F-150 will make its world debut at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show.
Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Ford F150.
After the VelociRaptor APV concept announced back in 2010, Hennessey finally decided to come with a production version. The new package will be applied to the Ford F-150 Raptor SVT and will be limited to only 30 units per year. Customers interested will have to pay a total of $149,500.
The tuner transformed the Raptor pickup into an SUV, so it now offers seating capacity for up to eight people, making it the ideal car for a big family.
In standard form, the VelociRaptor is powered by the Raptor’s standard 6.2-liter V-8 engine delivering a total of 411 horsepower, but you know as well as we o that Hennessey wouldn’t stop there. For an additional cost, the tuner will install a 600 Supercharged upgrade, which will increase the SUV’s output to 600 horsepower. If you have a few more dollars in your pocket, Hennessey also offers a Brembo front brake upgrade, larger wheels and tires, LED lighting upgrades, bespoke interior and electronic upgrades, and new security and armoring systems.
With all these updates, the VelociRaptor’s weight will be increased by about 600 pounds. With this added weight, the base version will sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just 7.5 seconds and the 600-horsepower version does the same sprint in just 5.9 seconds.
Click past the jump to read more about the standard Ford F-150 Raptor SVT.
If our love affair with the Ford Raptor isn’t quite clear, please allow us to let you know that we think it is one of the most bad-ass trucks ever built. It not only has a 6.2-liter V-8 engine with a mean 411 horsepower and 434 pound-feet of torque that gets it to 60 mph in 7.1 seconds, but it is also built to handle some of the meanest terrain you could imagine driving a street-legal truck on.
Well, we apparently aren’t the only ones that fell in love with it, as a one was displayed at the Cipate Police Equipment Exhibition in Beijing, China. And this is no normal Raptor, as Haiqiao Industry removed the bed and put a massive RV-like cab on the backside.
So, why would a police vehicle need a cab? Well, this particular model is designed for long-distance border patrol in China. Inside this massive cab is a bed, so the officer can take a much-needed break after a long shift; a cooking set, so the patrolling officer is properly fed; and a set of red seats for taking a load of comfortably.
This Raptor isn’t all comfort either, as it comes with the standard police equipment, including: search lights, a light bar and a speaker.
What makes this even more interesting is that the Raptor isn’t even available in China. Nope, Haiqiao gets them shipped in on the “grey market” from California and dresses them up for the government. It seems odd for a Government to purchase grey market vehicles, but so be it.
This particular model runs 1.3 million Chinese Yuan ($211,500) and only the Chinese government can purchase them for now, but the company is debating opening up to the civilian market.
Click past the jump to read about the 2013 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor
When Ford unveiled the F-150 SVT Raptorin 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
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.
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 SVT F-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