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 |  Sep 14 2010, 2:12 PM

Back in the 1970s, matte black hoods were all the rage. You found them on muscle cars and increasingly on trucks. In fact, as far as Ford was concerned, motorsports legend Bill Stroppe, who prepped the original Baja Ford Broncos back in the day, added matte black to the hoods to reduce glare while pounding along the rocky trails at sizable speeds. The look caught on with the street crowd and Stroppe’s California shop ended up turning out some 650 Broncos with matte black hoods for customers.

Now, 35 years later, with Ford back into Baja in a big way with the Raptor, the matte black hood makes a return. Though according to Raptor designer Bruce Williams, this time around, things are a little different. Rather than paint, “it’s a protective graphic,” he says. The hood blackout treatment incorporates a F-150 SVT Raptor logo across it and there are cut outs for the twin hood vents.

The hood graphic will be optional on all 2011 Raptors and complements the “digital mud” graphics found on the side of the doors and pickup box, that help accentuate the Raptor’s hardcore, off-road aura.

 |  May 17 2010, 7:01 AM

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Hot on the sales figures of the fastest production off-road vehicle ever, the SVT Raptor, Ford has announced it will be offering the Baja-ready truck in SuperCrew configuration for 2011. Other than the length of the cab, not much else is changed from the current production model, but the 6.2L “Boss” engine will be the only engine available on the heavier Super Crew. No word yet on pricing, but expect the roomier Raptor to sell for just a bit more than the $41,995 base price of the current 6.2L version.

 |  Apr 08 2010, 5:47 PM

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When Ford introduced the F-150 Raptor about a year ago, the only real complaint anyone could make against it was the truck’s engine. Not there was really anything wrong with the 5.4-liter V8, it’s just that with so much of the rest of the F-150 turned into a badass off-roader, the engine had been untouched – it’s 320-hp and 390 ft-lbs of torque delivering just adequate performance. Then came reports that Ford would deliver a 6.2-liter V8 with 411-hp and 434 ft-lbs of torque – and that model is now officially on sale at dealerships across the country.

In fact, Ford has already registered 3,000 pre-orders for the truck, with 4,000 more of the original 5.4-liter version having sold so far. And the first Raptor 6.2 to roll off the line is heading straight to none-other than NASCAR driver Greg Biffle, who drove the F-150 SVT Raptor R in a Best in the Desert race.

With sales of the street-legal off-roader starting today, Ford has also announced a new line of Ford Racing Performance Parts for the Raptor, including an off-road light bar, tow kit, colored cam covers and a new front skid plate.

For more on these parts visit Ford Racing Performance Parts here:

http://www.fordracingparts.com/trucks/raptor.asp

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 |  Nov 03 2009, 3:45 PM

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As though Ford didn’t have enough going on at the 2009 SEMA Show, the automaker today announced two big updates for the amazing F-150 SVT Raptor. First up is official confirmation and performance numbers for the new, larger V8 engine. Possibly the only weak point in the Raptor was its relatively average 320-hp 5.4-liter V8 motor. Now, Ford has said a new 6.2-liter V8 with 411-hp and 434 ft-lbs of torque that will be available starting December 1st. The new, more powerful off-road capable truck will be priced from $41,995.

Possibly more exciting for the true off-road enthusiasts is news that Ford will also offer a new competition-ready FR Raptor XT, which is essentially the same vehicle that ran in the 2008 Tecate SCORE Baja 1000, but with the same comfort features of the standard Raptor. It will get the same 6.2-liter V8, but tuned to 500-hp, along with a six-speed automatic transmission and a suspension that allows for 15-inches of front travel and 18-inches of rear travel.

Ford will build just 50 FR Raptor XTs at a price of $99,950 each.

GALLERY: Ford F-150 Raptor

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