Need to tow a desert race truck into the middle of nowhere, far from any paved or even graded roads? Want to take some friends plus gear with you? Are all three friends NFL linebackers? Until now, your options for such an outing were pretty much limited to an army surplus deuce and a half truck, which wouldn’t make you very popular with your NFL buddies. Today, however, Ford’s announced a SuperCrew version of the F-150 SVT Raptor, capable of towing up to 8,000 pounds and hauling the biggest of your buddies in air conditioned comfort. The SuperCrew Raptor joins the standard cab and the SuperCab already in the 2011 F-150 SVT Raptor lineup.
Like the other Raptor models, the SuperCrew has 11.2 inches of front suspension travel and 12.1 inches of rear travel. The SuperCrew rides on a 145 inch wheelbase, twelve inches longer than the SuperCab Raptor, which should help the SuperCrew deliver a more comfortable off-road ride. Both the SuperCrew and the SuperCab Raptors use a five and a half foot cargo bed, so there’s still plenty of room to haul whatever gear you deem necessary. The SuperCrew Raptor comes with a 36 gallon fuel tank, making it the ideal tow or support vehicle for off road adventures.
For 2011, Ford is discontinuing the 5.4 liter V8 in the Raptor and making the 6.2 liter V8 standard equipment. The 6.2 liter motor puts out 411 horsepower and 434 lb-ft of torque, and was extensively tested under adverse conditions. The motor was developed to handle the rigors of desert running, including extended periods of high speed operation in loose sand. Its large bore, short stroke design allows for the use of larger intake and exhaust valves, and the motor includes piston cooling oil jets to reduce internal temperatures.
All 2011 Raptors also get an LCD “productivity screen”, which gives the driver real time information on suspension settings and vehicle status. The SelectShift Automatic transmission, which allows drivers to manually select and hold a specific gear, becomes an available option on 2011 Raptors.
Ford hasn’t announced pricing for the 2011 Raptor models just yet, but you can safely bet that the increased content comes at a higher price. Dealers will start taking orders for 2011 Raptor models today, with the first shipments hitting dealer lots in Q4.