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Ford took a bit of a gamble, putting in a fuel efficient V6 into their full-size F-150 pickup but now that the EcoBoost-powered truck has sold 100,000 this year, we’re pretty sure Ford execs are content with their decision.
It’s been over 25 years since Ford has sold that many V6-powered pickups in one year, with 40-percent of the buyers opting to pay the extra $895 for the turbocharged EcoBoost 3.5L V6 rather than the conventional 3.7L V6. More than half of all the trucks sold by Ford have been an F-150 V6.
The EcoBoost V6 sports 365-hp and 420 lb-ft of torque, while the non-turbocharged 3.7L has 302-hp. The V8 offerings have 360-hp and 411-hp from a 5.0L and 6.2L respectively.
[Source: Detroit News]
Addictive Desert Design is teaming up with JPM Coachworks to build a one-of-a-kind Luxury Performance Ford Raptor for this year’s SEMA Show. Starting with a 2011 Raptor SVT SuperCrew, the team revamped the sport truck from bumper to bumper, with a collection of some of the industry’s finest products available for the Raptor.
The first stop for the Raptor SVT was nowhere else but Hennessey Performance where the SVT was outfitted with their VelociRaptor 600 SC package, giving the truck 605-hp thanks to a supercharger. From there, it headed down to JPM Coachworks where the interior was completely redone with Royal Hides from Edelman Leather and Alcantara. Next, it headed over to High Desert Mobile where it received a complete audio upgrade featuring products from Mosconi, Blackhole, Chasecam, Visualogic and Tsunami.
The now-heavily modified Raptor was then shipped to Addictive Desert Designs where it received front and rear bumpers from Stealth, LED lighting from Rigid, rock guards, King Shocks coilover shocks, Fuel Hostage wheels with Goodyear MTR Kevlar tires. Braking upgrades come from Baer Brakes with their Extreme Plus Calipers and 15-inch rotors.
Bodywork enhancements were done over at Hi Tech Collission where some custom touches were added. Spintech Muffler then added a one-off true dual exhaust system while the bed, wheel-wells, underside and bottom 12-inches of the body were coated by Line-X.
Affliction Clothing will be holding a contest to name the finished Raptor SVT project and participants interested in contributing some suggestions will have a chance to win some prizes.
[Source: Truck Trend]
The V6 powered version of the Ford F-150 outsold the V8 variant for the first time in the vehicle’s history, signalling a dramatic shift in consumer tastes that has left Ford rushing to meet demand for the new V6 engines.
Ford’s gamble with offering two V6s – a 3.7L version, and a 3.5L Ecoboost positioned as a V8 alternative – has clearly paid off. Ford didn’t release specific data broken down by engine choice, but a report by the Cleveland Plain Dealer suggests that V6s are becoming the engine of choice for truck buyers, amid rising gas prices and other negative economic factors.
The Brook Park plant in Cleveland has resorted to cutting their summer vacation short to meet demand for the engines. Ford charges a $1,750 premium for Ecoboost engines, while the base 3.7L V6 is fitted as standard equipment.
The Ferrari-Ford rivalry is back on! Just in case it was possible to confuse America’s best-selling pickup truck with Ferrari’s newest F1 car, the Prancing Horse has chosen to spell it out painfully and slowly for the rest of us. The two companies have come to an agreement over the name F150, which Ferrari sought for their newest F1 entry.
Ford objected to this, filing a lawsuit and disputing Ferrari’s similar logo. In response, Ferrari added a “th” to the end of the name, for “Ferrari F150th Italia,” in honor of the 150th anniversary of Italy’s unification. Ford was ok with this—after all, the 150th anniversary of Italian unification only comes around once.
But Ferrari wasn’t pleased enough at this frankly crass comparison between their almighty racing team and a mere blue-collar work truck! So they tweaked the name further, just to be sure—and the 2011 Ferrari Formula 1 racing car is now known as the “Ferrari F150° Italia.” The symbol is the Italian representation of the “th” suffix, a further change from the name that Ford agreed with, and gives the Ferrari car even more Italian-ness than an entire Olive Garden parking lot of Raptors.
And just to drive the point home, Ferrari issued a sardonic press release labeling the situation “Kafkaesque” and applauding the prevailing of common sense, “order to avoid the slightest risk of anyone confusing a Formula 1 car with a pick-up truck…which should make it clear even to the thickest of people.” Just in case, you know, you do forget.
No word on whether Ford will hire Carroll Shelby to vanquish the ghost of Enzo Ferrari behind the wheel of a Lariat, or if Ferrari will introduce a special Harley-Davidson Edition with a “man step” in the tailgate. What would Hank the Deuce do?
Ford launched a website last Fall to help future Fiesta owners customize their rides a bit, with vinyl decals that can be dealer installed. Designs include flowery patterns, random, linear patterns, something that looks like the chicane on a race track, and other abstract, and somewhat cheesy options.
Now, Ford is extending the custom Vinyl campaign to the other cars in its lineup, including new Mustangs, and F-150s. It’s quite easy to do, just go to FordCustomGraphics.com and choose your patterns. Of course, it’s not a perfect system, and while the idea seems innocent enough, we’re just going to come out and say it: the patterns are heinous. Pretty much all of them. Hopefully, by the time these are available to buy, there will be more options, which will look better than the original Fiesta artwork, but we’re not holding our breath.
Ford‘s SVT Raptor R, which competes in famous off-road races like the Baja 1000, is set to get an uprated version of the 3.5L Ecoboost twin-turbo V6. In its current form, the Raptor R puts down roughly 500 horsepower and 500 lb-ft of torque from its 6.2L V8, and the Ecoboost V6 will have to make at least that sort of power.
Fortunately, that task shouldn’t be a challenge for the Ecoboost. The turbochargers used are a pair of Garrett GT15s, which are tiny units each the size of a donut. Swapping them in for even a medium-size set of turbos should yield the magic 500 horsepower, with minimal stress on the engine and nearly-identical power delivery compared to the big V8. We know that the Ecoboost will be a top-of-the-line engine on the 2011 F150, pumping out around 400 horsepower, and what better way to prove to V8-loving truck buyers that a V6 can do the job than to put it through one of the most grueling races ever.
The 2010 Ford Harley-Davidson F-150 edition was just unveiled at the Chicago Auto Show, combining distinctive Harley-Davidson styling with the best-selling F-150. The 2010 Ford is officially the first Harley-Davidson edition truck to be constructed from the award-winning 2009 F-150 chassis.
This niche market co-branding exercise marks the 14th Harley-Davidson edition of an F-Series truck dating back to 2000. The collaboration between these two companies has produced eight F-150 models, as well as six Super Duty F-250, F-350, and in 2009, the first Harley-Davidson F-450 edition truck. “Our successful co-branding, unmatched in the industry, offers customers true specialized truck luxury,” said Derrick Kuzak, Ford’s group vice president of Global Product Development.
Unique features to the HD Edition truck are the front fascia and grille, model-specific badges, sport suspension, a custom premium interior with a limited-edition serialization plate and standard 22-inch polished, forged aluminum wheels, the largest in the F-Series lineup.
The paint selection is Tuxedo Black and the first Ford application of Lava, a deep maroon with three-color metal flake. “There’s a real tie-in between the truck’s interior and exterior designs,” said Patrick Schiavone, Design director. “It’s very much like how some customized Harley-Davidson motorcycles have a prominent theme that runs through them. That’s how we tie it in with custom bikes.”
The custom luxury truck also ties in the Harley related elements in the smallest of details. “The theme of the seat was designed to resemble a Harley biker jacket,” Schiavone said. For instance, seat backs feature ribbed leather treatments, engraved Harley-Davidson button snaps and even zippered map pockets featuring zippers identical to those on Harley jackets.
The 2010 Ford Harley-Davidson F-150 is equipped with a 5.4-liter engine rated at 320 hp and 390 ft-lbs of torque and mated to a six-speed automatic transmission with a sport-tuned exhaust and a top speed of 115 mph. The truck is available with 4×2 or an optional all-wheel drive, which features settings of 4×2, AWD and 4×4 high, unique to the Harley-Davidson edition on the F-150 platform. All 2010 Ford Harley-Davidson F-150 models will be SuperCrews.
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