Team Legacy Ford “Live Drive” with Shain & JT – Ford Raptor SVT F-150
98.7 The ROCK and Team Legacy Ford team up together to bring you a insider look at the all NEW 2014 Ford Raptor SVT F-150
From hard packed, rutted/washed out dirt roads to steep grades of rock, the F-150 SVT Raptor can handle the most unforgiving terrain a truck can set its tires on. Crawling over treacherous hills. Racing through brutal desert. All the while being ready and willing for the kind of off-roading that’s usually off-limits for the conventional 4-wheeler or UTV.
The SVT Raptor is a high-performance version of Ford’s F-150 pickup truck that is one of the most unique and capable off-road production vehicles ever made. With an extra-wide stance, specially-engineered suspension and over-sized tires, the SVT Raptor is unwieldy on the pavement but a hero in the desert, where it can travel at nearly triple-digit speeds through terrain that would tear lesser trucks apart.
Ford has continually tweaked and updated the Raptor since it hit the market. They added a new set of wheels that can be converted to a rugged beadlock design, HID headlights and the MyFord Touch infotainment system.
Ford spent a great deal of time and R & D dollars transforming the F-150 into the Raptor. The truck’s thoroughly re-engineered suspension features 13.4 inches of usable wheel travel in the rear and 11.2 in the front in addition to industry-exclusive internal bypass shocks. Supplied by Fox Racing, the shocks feature an internal bypass system to stiffen the shock as it travels to prevent bottoming out.
Thirty-five-inch BFGoodrich All-Terrain tires modified specifically for the Raptor provide a connection to the ground, while an Off Road mode calibrates the transmission, stability control and traction control to operate effectively in high-speed off-road situations.
The jaw dropping power can only come from a 6.2-liter SOHC V8 that produces 411 horsepower and 434 lb-ft of torque. A six-speed automatic sends power to all four wheels and features a full manual mode that gives the driver complete control over gear selection – upshifts are not commanded at redline, and downshifts are allowed at the lowest gear possible as defined by the engine speed.
Beside the raised suspension and monstrous wheels, a unique grille, hood and fender vents and dark-plastic fender flares set the Raptor apart from the standard F-150.
The cabin features a SVT-exclusive steering wheel with an orange on-center marker, while an optional accent package adds bright orange trim on the seats, dash and doors. A 4.2-inch LCD productivity screen located between the gauges of the instrument panel provides information about steering wheel angle and vehicle angle on a grade during off-road maneuvers, and can also display vehicle status info.
Four pre-wired auxiliary switches are included to facilitate the addition of additional lights, winches and other aftermarket items.
All Raptor models come standard with SYNC, Ford’s Bluetooth-based connectivity system that allows smartphone users to place calls and stream music by using voice commands or steering wheel-mounted buttons. It can also read incoming texts aloud to help the driver keep his or her eyes on the road.
“By far the Craziest most comfortable pickup I’ve ever driven” coins J.T from La Grande Radio Station 987therock.com While Shain added “the creature comforts are second to none!”
Be sure to stop by and ask for Kenny Forsythe when you go see one of these very limited beauties!
Team Legacy for and 98.7 The ROCK present the “LIVE Drive”
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