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.
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
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.
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.