Ford Badge the Rumored Raptor as an SVT Model?
While we've had our off-road attention recently drawn to Hummer's new 2009 H3T rock crawler, our good buddy Sean Holman at Four Wheeler Magazine is putting the spotlight back on the rumored 'Raptor' F-150 desert runner.
The latest intel from Dearborn suggests that Ford is going to badge the Raptor as an official SVT (Special Vehicles Team) product.
An SVT label hasn't been explicitly used on a Blue Oval car or truck since Ford's legendary performance guru John Coletti retired in 2004, though SVT engineers played critical roles developing recent cars like the Ford GT, Mustang GT500 and Mustang GT500 King of the Road.
Ford truck enthusiasts know the SVT badge from its endorsement of the discontinued SVT Lightning F-150 (1993 to 2003). When the 2004 to 2008 F-150 debuted at the Detroit Auto Show it was accompanied by a supercharged SVT Lightning Concept that never materialized.
If Ford is looking to resurrect the SVT prefix, attaching it to the new 2009 F-150 would signify how serious they are about producing a no-holds-barred performance truck, whether it's for on or off the road.
Read on to find out the latest about the Raptor F-150 at Four Wheeler.