2014 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor Special Edition

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

Exterior

Ford F-150 SVT Raptor Special Edition

On the exterior of the 2014 SVT Raptor Special Edition, you start off with all of the base Raptor’s equipment, plus all that the Raptor Luxury Package adds in, which includes only HID headlights. The only real outward difference between this and the base model Raptor with the Luxury Package is a new color – Ruby Red Metallic – and the new decals down the side of the bed. You can also opt for the already-available Tuxedo Black Metallic exterior hue.

We were definitely hoping for a few more changes to the Raptor Special Edition, but Ford chose to simply touch it up a little, which explains it being released with little fanfare.

Interior

Ford F-150 SVT Raptor Special Edition

On the inside, there are a few more blink-and-you’ll-miss-them upgrades. The most noticeable of these minor updates are the Brick Red seat bolsters with black inserts and honeycomb-cloth highlights that all help add more depth to the interior. you also get matte-gray appliques on the center console topper, the center stack bezel and the door panel inserts, adding a little more class to the this aggressive pickup.

On top of those updates, you also get the optional equipment that the Raptor Luxury Package offers up, including:

  • 10-way power front seats with memory feature
  • Dual electronic temperature control
  • Power-adjustable pedals with memory feature
  • Rear view camera
  • Remote start system
  • Sony Audio System with single-CD and HD Radio
  • Integrated Trailer Brake Controller
  • Universal garage door opener
  • Power tilt and telescoping steering wheel
  • HID headlamps
  • SYNC with MyFord Touch and SYNC Services
  • Navigation System with SiriusXM Traffic and Travel Link

Drivetrain

Ford F-150 SVT Raptor Special Edition

We were really looking forward to a few updates to the SVT Raptor’s drivetrain with this new Special Edition model, but we were greeted with the same setup. This includes a 6.2-liter V-8 powerplant with 411 horsepower and 434 pound-feet of torque mated to a six-speed automatic transmission with SelectShift technology.

Four-wheel drive is, of course, a standard feature, as is 4.10 gearing.

We would love to see some updates in the mechanics, but the current driveline is competent and balanced for on- and off-road performance. Sure, it’s no barn-burner with its 7.1-second 0-to-60 mph time, but the total package is the real deal. Remember, Ford never intended the SVT Raptor to perform on the road like the discontinued Lightning or the long-gone Ram 1500 SRT8.

Drivetrain Specifications

Engine6.2-Liter V-8
Horsepower411 at 5,500
Torque (pound-feet)434 at 4,500
Transmission6-Speed Electronic Automatic
Gear Ratio4.10-to-1
Acceleration (0-60 mph)7.1 Sec

Price and Release Date

Ford has yet to reveal pricing for the 2014 SVT Raptor Special Edition, however, we do know that it will hit showrooms in the fall of 2013.

Competition

There’s really not too much in terms of “competition” for the SVT Raptor, though Ram is thinking about developing one.

2013 Bowler EXR S

Bowler EXR S

The Bowler EXR S is what we would call a fringe competitor to the F-150 SVT Raptor Special Edition. It’s fringe because it is not produced en mass, it’s priced well over $200k, it’s an SUV and it’s a rally machine modified to handle the road. The Bowler Bowler crushes the Raptor in horsepower with its 550-horsepower V-8 that it borrows from the Range Rover sport. This powerful engine also cranks out a stunning 700 pound-feet of torque, which weighs heavily in it getting to 60 mph in only 4.2 seconds.

It’s a little unfair of a match when you compare them in factory-tuned state, but when you consider that you could seriously tune the Raptor and still have less money into it than the Bowler would cost you, you can make a case for the Raptor.

Ram’s Possible Competitor

Dodge Mopar Ram Runner Stage II

We know it is a long shot to see Ram rolling out something that can tackle both the pavement and dirt like the SVT Raptor, but we do have to consider the fact that they are thinking about it.

Looking into the Chrysler parts bin, we can see that there is plenty of potential in there, including the 6.4-liter HEMI V-8 with 470 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque. Additionally, Mopar already offers the Ram Runner package , which includes a stage II lift kit, an off-road bumper, tire carrier and fenders, and a sport performance hood. Add all of these into a Ram 1500 that you can pick up at a dealer and you then have something that can give the Raptor a run for its money.

Conclusion

Sure, we like the new color, the graphics are cool and the interior definitely looks classier, but this really leaves us wanting more. We want to see some real upgrades, like larger tires, a mild engine tune or maybe updated suspension. Fortunately, this special edition shouldn’t carry too high of a premium over the base SVT Raptor.

LOVE IT
  • New color
  • Still the only one of its kind in the market
  • New interior touch ups are nice
LEAVE IT
  • Not a very special special edition
  • No mechanical updates
  • Banking too heavily on having no competition pushing it forward

Press Release

Ford Announces New 2014 F-150 SVT Raptor Special Edition

Ford F-150 SVT Raptor Special Edition
  • New Ford F-150 SVT Raptor Special Edition answers customer calls for more exclusivity in addition to Raptor’s unmatched off-road capability
  • Raptor Special Edition features a unique exterior color, exterior graphics and interior styling
  • Raptor Special Edition helps continue Raptor’s sales success

DEARBORN, Mich., April 9, 2013 – Ford’s F-150 SVT Raptor, the ultimate high-performance off-road pickup truck, has a new Special Edition package customers can order that adds more unique touches to the hot-selling pickup.

Ford today reveals the 2014 F-150 SVT Raptor Special Edition, which adds unique new touches to Raptor’s existing Luxury Package, including a Ruby Red Metallic exterior color and box-side graphics. Interior upgrades include Brick Red seat bolsters with black inserts and cloth honeycomb highlights, console top finish panel, and center stack and door panel appliqué accents. Raptor Special Edition is also available in Tuxedo Black Metallic.

The 2014 F-150 SVT Raptor Special Edition goes on sale this fall.

“Raptor owners are looking for a high-performing, uncompromising off-road pickup truck with the features and luxuries found in today’s premium trucks,” said Doug Scott, Ford truck group marketing manager. “Since its launch in 2009, we’ve continually moved Raptor forward in capability and design, and the 2014 Special Edition is the best Raptor yet.”

Raptor has found an enviable niche in full-size pickups. SVT Raptor sales are up 14 percent in 2013, with five out of the past six months seeing record sales. More than 13,000 Raptors were sold in 2012.

SVT Raptor prowess and power

Ford F-150 SVT Raptor Special Edition

Since launching as a 2010 model, the Ford F-150 SVT Raptor has set the benchmark for low- and high-speed off-road performance through aggressive all-terrain tires, industry-exclusive internal triple-bypass FOX Racing Shox™ dampers, skid plates and standard Hill Descent Control™.

A Raptor development imperative has been continuous improvement, so Ford expanded Raptor’s footprint for 2011 with a four-door SuperCrew model joining the two-door SuperCab original.

For 2012 Ford began offering a grille-mounted camera to improve driver visibility when climbing over rocks or other obstacles. The 2012 addition of a Torsen® limited-slip differential to Raptor’s 4WD system enables the truck to balance traction between both front wheels.

For 2013 industry-exclusive beadlock-capable wheels were added to help increase grip in low-traction conditions, along with high-intensity discharge headlamps for improved visibility. SYNC® with MyFord Touch® was also made available for added connectivity.

SVT Raptor is available exclusively with a 6.2-liter V8 engine producing best-in-class 411 horsepower and 434 lb.-ft. of torque, mated to an electronic six-speed automatic transmission with tow/haul mode and SelectShift Automatic® functionality. The 4WD system features electronic shift-on-the-fly capability for the transfer case.

The front axle features a Torsen® differential with 4.10 to 1 gearing. The rear axle is also 4.10 to 1, with an electronic-locking differential.


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