Erase from your memory the F-150 Lightning, SVT’s tire-smoking sports car / truck. For 2010, SVT took the opposite direction with the F-150 SVT Raptor: an off-road desert racer jumping moguls. Raising the number of F-150 models to nine is the Harley-Davidson F-150 edition, which features 22-inch diameter forged and polished aluminum wheels, chrome exhaust tips, and Harley-Davidson graphics and logos on nearly all. the available spaces.
Existing models also get several new features. A chrome billet grille is available in the XLT Chrome package, the Lariat Chrome package includes a chrome mesh grille insert, and black tubular running boards are available on the XL Regular Cab and SuperCab.
The first F-150 SVT Raptors will come with 320 hp, 390 lb-ft. torque, 5.4-liter V8 offered in other F-150s. A 6.2-liter V8 with about 400 hp will be available later that will launch the SVT Raptor into low Earth orbit if it can find the right jump. Just be sure to nail the landing after re-entry. In addition to the Raptor’s 6.2L V8 (which will come with a six-speed automatic), the 2010 F-150 is available with three engines, all V-8s: 320 horsepower, 5.4 liters; a three-valve per cylinder, 292 horsepower, 4.6 liters; and a 4.6-liter two-valve-per-cylinder, 248-horsepower engine.
The first two come with a six-speed automatic, while the 4.6L two-valve is mated to a four-speed automatic. The EPA estimates that a two-wheel-drive F-150 with the 4.6-liter three-valve engine is 21 miles per gallon on the government highway driving cycle. A 5.4-liter 2WD will provide 20 miles per gallon on the highway.
Some of the keys to the success of desert racing trucks are long suspension travel to absorb shock and keep the drive wheels on the ground, robust shocks with additional fluid reservoirs to prevent overheating, and reinforced suspension components. to withstand constant shocks. The Raptor has more than 12 inches of travel in the rear suspension and more than 11 in the front. While you crave a stock vehicle, it is far less than half that of pure racing trucks, so don’t challenge Robbie Gordon to a duel in the desert.
The Raptor is equipped with specially designed Fox Racing Shox shocks, designed to maintain its performance over miles of washboard surfaces. To withstand the pace of a desert sprint, Ford added a more robust rear axle housing and an all-new front suspension with strong upper and lower control arms and stronger tire rods, among other improvements. The Raptor also has a seven-inch wider track, the tire spacing on the same axle, to improve stability while bouncing between sagebrush and yucca plants.
For situations where deep sand or mud slows progress, the Raptor has a locking rear differential. In addition, selecting off-road mode disables the electronic driver aids (electronic stability control and traction control) and changes the logarithm of the antilock brakes to a more off-road setting. The Raptor is fitted with giant 315 / 70R17 BFGoodrich All-Terrain TA / KO tires. These 35-inch diameter tires add ground clearance to help avoid rock contact. In the event that there isn’t enough clearance, the Raptor comes standard with heavy-duty skid plates to protect the oil pan, transmission, and other key parts under the vehicle.
Visually, the Raptor has a unique grille, front bumper, and fenders. Inside, there is a revised console. The steering wheel features an orange stripe across the top, similar to those found on NASCAR race cars, to help the driver know how much the steering wheel turns should he lose the track in excitement. The Raptor is available only as a four-wheel drive SuperCab with a 5.5-foot bed.
Studies have shown that many Harley riders like to tow their motorcycles to events, rather than eat the June bugs back and forth. And the Ford F-150 is one of your most popular choices for that towing job, with Ford’s trailer sway control. Whether they know it or not, the 2010 Ford F-150’s biggest advantage to Harley pullers is how Ford has reprogrammed the truck’s electronic stability control system computer to recognize when the trailer begins to rock and then react to stifle trailer motion by applying individual brakes or reducing throttle. Plus, an optional in-dash trailer brake controller prevents bruised knees and scraped shins that are common in aftermarket drivers. And let’s not forget … there are Harley-Davidson logos on the sides, front fenders, tailgate, ignition key, door trim panels, the windshield, and a few other places.
The F-150 continues its reign as the “favorite” among pickup trucks. The SVT Raptor and Harley-Davidson F-150 editions will only add to that advantage.