2011 Ford F-150 4×4 SVT Raptor Review – The most off-road capable truck Ford has ever built

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2011 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor bucket seats

Once inside, you’ll slide into mildly bucketed seats and face a full bevy of instruments, including small gauges for water and oil temp, amp meter for battery charge and fuel gauge. Under them lie the large 7,000 rpm white tachometer face decorated with SVT logo and accompanying speedometer dial. The aluminum trimmed center console features a series of auxiliary switches and buttons for ride control and hill descent. The door panels match the aluminum trim of the console and contribute an upmarket feel to the cabin. SVT logos adorn the rubber floor mats, and Raptor embossments distinguish the front seat headrests. A large and effective $2,430 optional Sony Navigation screen completes the front dash array. A pair of small suicide doors to the rear of the cab can be opened once you’ve released the front doors. The rear seat is uncomfortably vertical, but will accommodate 3 adults in a pinch. Ford has thoughtfully equipped the rear of the center console with sizeable air vents for back benchers.

2011 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor 2011 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor 2011 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor

The Raptor is really all about fast off road travel, and to that end, Ford has not stinted in the suspension department. Clearly visible in every fender well is a remote reservoir “Internal Bypass” Fox Racing Shox featuring a blue anodized SVT cap piece. The front lower A-arms are massive cast aluminum pieces, and the SVT 12 spoke, 8.5 x 17” alloys carry serious off-road wear: 315/70R17 BF Goodrich All Terrain T/As with tri-cord 3-ply sidewalls. The stiffly sprung Raptor squishes these donuts like Play-Dough. Between the tires, the suspension system and the 4×4 geometry there isn’t a piece of terrain that will escape the Raptor’s mighty wrath.

2011 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor Unique cast-aluminum SVT front control arms

2010 FORD F-150 4×4 SVT RAPTOR

  • ENGINE: 6.2 liter 2V EFI V-8
  • HORSEPOWER: 411hp
  • TORQUE: 434lb-ft
  • TRANSMISSION: Six-speed automatic overdrive with tow/haul mode
  • FRONT 4×4 SUSPENSION: Coil-on-shock, long-spindle double-wishbone independent, aluminum
    lower control arm, forged-steel upper arm, FOX Racing Shox™
  • REAR 4×4 SUSPENSION: Hotchkiss-type non-independent live, leaf springs and outboard shock
    absorbers, FOX Racing Shox
  • PRICE AS TESTED: $48,175


David Colman has been writing vehicle tests for 25 years. His work has been featured in AutoWeek, the San Francisco Chronicle, San Francisco Examiner, and Marin Independent Journal. In 1987, he helped start Excellence, The Magazine About Porsche, which he edited for many years. He has been an active participant in racing and Solo events since 1961.

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  • Twain says:

    This is the ultimate truck! Too bad the rear seats are too upright and the MPG isn’t that great. But talk about a do-everything vehicle!

    These will be collector’s items. Kudos to Ford!

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