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Ford F150 Raptor SVT

Posted in Features on August 1, 2009
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Photographers: Ford Motor Corp. and Fox Racing Shox

As media professionals, we occasionally get access to some pretty cool things. Ford and Fox held a special sneak preview event in Santa Barbara, California, that we couldn't pass up. The new Ford Raptor SVT was going to make an appearance loaded up with an all-new Fox suspension system. Would this truck live up to all the hype on the Internet? Is it really going to be everything an off-road enthusiast wants? We headed to Santa Barbara to find out for ourselves.

Ride and Drive Experience
At first, we thought we would get to spend some time behind the wheel, but unfortunately Ford wouldn't give up the keys--which means our experience behind the wheel is actually from the passenger seat. Our driver did a great job punishing the truck for us giving us a good first impression of the truck. The engine had plenty to offer; full of torque and a good amount of top-end acceleration. Hitting the dirt in Off-Road Mode took us out of the realm of any other OEM truck. Shooting through turns like a drift car with little-to-no body roll was something new from inside a truck body. The ABS system performed almost as if it was off or numbed down not giving the driver any pedal skip or wobble (from what we watched). The 35-inch tires were welcome both through the whoops and landing off jumps. The Fox/SVT suspension will leave aftermarket long-travel fabricators worried. A foot of wheel travel that performs as reliably as most LT kits with a factory warranty? That's going to be tough to beat. So far the truck looks and rides great. Stay tuned for a more in-depth review when we get our hands on one.

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