Ford F150 Raptor 2014

January 28, 2014
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Ford F150 Raptor 2015

Ford F150 Raptor 2015

When Ford unveiled the SVT Ford F150 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.

Ford F150 Raptor 2015

Ford F150 Raptor 2015

Now with 2015 model year vehicles rolling out, we have been waiting to see what the new SVT Ford F150 Raptor has to offer.

Well, the wait is officially over, as Ford has just revealed the 2015 Ford F150 Raptor lineup with the unveiling of the 2015 F-150 SVT Raptor Special Edition yesterday during the Motor Press Guild Luncheon.

The big question mark is whether the 2015 model year will include any changes or if the SVT Ford F150 Raptor will retain its current form, plus this special edition.

On the exterior of the 2015 SVT Ford F150 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.

To order your new 2015 Ford F150 Raptor rival with a brand new 3.7L V6 FFV 6-speed Automatic for only US$17,900.

We were definitely hoping for a few more changes to the Ford F150 Raptor Special Edition, but Ford chose to simply touch it up a little, which explains it being released with little fanfare.

Ford F150 Raptor 2015 interior

Ford F150 Raptor 2015 interior

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

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.

Ford F150 Raptor 2015 interior

Ford F150 Raptor 2015 interior

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 Ford F150 Raptor to perform on the road like the discontinued Lightning or the long-gone Ram 1500 SRT8.

Ford F150 Raptor 2015 engine

Ford F150 Raptor 2015 engine

Drivetrain Specifications

Engine 6.2-Liter V-8
Horsepower 411 at 5,500
Torque (pound-feet) 434 at 4,500
Transmission 6-Speed Electronic Automatic
Gear Ratio 4.10-to-1
Acceleration (0-60 mph) 7.1 Sec

Price and Release Date

Ford has yet to reveal pricing for the 2015 SVT Raptor Special Edition, however, we do know that it will hit showrooms in the fall of 2015.

There’s really not too much in terms of “competition” for the SVT Ford F150 Raptor, though Ram is thinking about developing one.

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