New Ford F-150 Raptor Spy Photos Confirm Details
By: Mike Levine Posted: 06-19-08 08:00 PT
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Update #1: 06-15-08 18:48 PT

Sean Holman at Four Wheeler has additional insight about the Raptor, based on the latest spy photos, the 2009 Ford F-150's new six-speed transmission gear ratios and hints gleaned from the latest FX4 off-road package.

New spy pictures of Ford's expected F-150 Raptor factory-built desert runner confirm details that escaped from Ford’s closed-door dealer meeting in Las Vegas in April. At that gathering, Ford marketing chief Jim Farley showed video of the truck racing off-road, plus a picture of the production grille with the word "FORD" prominently stamped across black mesh.

The latest Raptor photos show that Ford's long-travel 4x4 has swapped out a standard 2009-model-year grille (seen in pictures of earlier Raptor mules) for the one Farley previewed. You can see it has a rectangular mesh pattern on the top and bottom of the grille, with "FORD" taped over in the middle.

The Raptor is expected to be powered by Ford's new large-displacement Boss V-8, with Fox Racing running gear and 35-inch all-terrain tires to soak up desert bumps. We're also expecting it to be badged as a Ford Special Vehicle Team product.

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