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First Look: 2011 Ford F-150

Ford’s big truck gets new powertrain line-up, new electronics.

by on Sep.23, 2010

Ford shows off the 2011 F-Series line-up at the Texas State Fair.

The Ford F-150 pickup truck, segment sales leader for 33 consecutive years, will go into 2011 with an array of new front-end designs, a total of four brand-new engines, the industry’s first across-the-board use of a 6-speed automatic transmission, and more electronic content than ever before.

The new powertrain line-up leads the company’s release of 60 new engine and transmission packages around the world by 2013, half of them in North America.

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Horsepower to the People!

TheDetroitBureau.com got a first look at the new 2011 F-Series during a trip to the annual Texas State Fair.

Ford said the venerable 4.6-liter SOHC V8 and the 5.4-liter DOHC V8 engines, long familiar to F-Series owners, have been retired, and the aged Cologne 4.0-liter V6 engine will be put out to pasture, as well, when the Ranger goes out of production.

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Ford’s F-150 SVT Raptor: High-Tech Pre-Runner

Combine a 320-horsepower V-8 with a race-quality chassis and monster tires and you get pure off-road fun.

by on Aug.24, 2009

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The average guy probably couldn’t duplicate this truck with aftermarket parts at this price.

Ford Motor Company’s Special Vehicle Team, the source for all things Shelby and Cobra and birthplace of the Ford GT, has just introduced the F-150 Raptor, its first pickup truck project since the last Lightning hot-rod pickup six years ago.

It’s a “pre-runner” in slang since  it can be driven on road or off road at high speeds and can be used to scout race courses before the race.

The Raptor is aimed directly at those who want a seriously fast four-wheel-drive off-road piece, a truck with enormous capabilities that the average guy couldn’t duplicate with aftermarket parts at this price, a truck like those used by professional racing teams to pre-run races such as the Baja 1000. 

Of course, with a 310 horsepower, 365 foot-pound, 5.4-liter 3-valve V-8, it’s no slouch from stoplight to stoplight, either (Ford says it will do 0-60 mph in 8.4 seconds, top out at 100 mph, and pull 0.86g on a 300-foot skid pad). The engine can run on 87-octane gasoline or E85 ethanol (320 horsepower and 390 foot-pounds on ethanol). If you are interested in fuel economy, this isn’t your piece.

It’s rated to carry a 1000-pound payload and haul 6000 pounds behind it, and comes with four- and seven-pin trailer hookups. Later in the year, the Raptor will offer a new 6.2-liter V-8 engine making 400 horsepower and 400 foot-pounds of torque.

On or Off Road!

On or Off Road!

Raptor’s four-wheel-drive system includes electronically selectable 2 High, 4 High, and a 4 Low range that can be used all the way up to 100 mph instead of cutting out at 20 mph, plus an electronic locking differential in the rear and two sets of 4.10:1 axle gears. The disc brakes are gigantic, 13.8 inches front, 13.7 inches rear, and need to be for this heavy setup.

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