Over the past few weeks, we’ve seen multiple spy shots of the 2015 Ford F-150 , but none of these spy shots were of the SVT Raptor version. This, of course, does not mean there won’t be an SVT Raptor variant of the next F-150 . Because the SVT Raptor is a virtual certainty for the next F-150, we decided it was time to throw together a rendering for you.
On the outside, you should expect to see some inspiration from the 2013 Atlas Concept unveiled at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show, but with a meaner appearance. We expect to see a distinct headlight setup that is partially separated by a body-colored strip, more squared-off front fenders, "SVT" badges on the side-view mirrors, defined rocker panels, taillights that match the headlights and an aggressive-looking tailgate.
Just like on the base 2015 F-150, Ford will focus on reducing the truck’s total weight by making use of lightweight aluminum materials. Under its hood, the new SVT Raptor will likely retain the same V-8 engine found in the current model, but with the output increased somewhere in the 450-horsepower area. Ford will also work on reducing the fuel consumption by about 10 to 15 percent.
We expect the new-generation SVT Raptor to arrive a few months after the base F-150 hits the market.
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When creating the F-150 SVT Raptor, we used lots of design elements from the Atlas Concept, including the headlights, hood, taillights and tailgate. From there, we simply added some of the usual Raptor elements, like the special grille, black elements, wheel flares and the special wheels. The final touch were the numerous "SVT" badges around the body.
Up to this point, the SVT Raptor is essentially the only performance truck on the market, but things may change by time the next-generation F-150 arrives on the market.
For example, Ram is considering a high-performance of its 1500 pickup that will take aim at the SVT Raptor. The model will likely be distinguished from the rest of the lineup with a blacked-out grille and wheels, all-terrain tires, and a modified undercarriage.
Under the hood, it will likely get a 6.4-liter HEMI V-8 with 470 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque. Ram may even choose to add a supercharger to push the output to over 500 horsepower.
Until Chevrolet decides to release a more powerful version of the Silverado, the SVT Raptor will have to face the upcoming 2014 Callaway Silverado.
Callaway will update the exterior and the interior look of the pickup, but the majority of the work will take place under the hood. Callaway will add a supercharger and remap the ECU, which will push the 5.3-liter engine will exceed 450 horsepower and the range-topping 6.2-liter V-8 will go up to a 540-horsepower mark. From the looks of things, however, the Callaway Silverado will be more of an on-road performer, whereas Ford tuned the SVT Raptor more as an off-road model.
Ford offered the SVT Raptor for the first time back in 2010, which it designed for off-road use. When compared to a base F-150, the SVT Raptor version received numerous updates, like a full set of FOX shocks with 11.2 inches of front suspension travel and 12.1 inches of rear travel. The model received a more aggressive look and the main distinctive feature is that no blue-oval Ford emblem on its grille.
The SVT Raptor started its life in 2010 with a standard 5.4-liter V-8 engine that produced 320 horsepower and 390 pound-feet of torque, and an optional 6.2-liter V-8 engine with 411 horsepower and 434 pound-feet of torque. In 2011 , Ford dropped the base 5.4-liter V-8 and added in a crew cab variant. The 2012, 2013 and 2014 model years all essentially carried over with only minor changes and the addition of the SVT Raptor Special Edition for 2014.