Monday, May 30, 2011

2011 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor SuperCrew

It’s all fun and games until someone cracks a rib.

VEHICLE TYPE: front-engine, rear/4-wheel-drive, 5-passenger, 4-door truck

PRICE AS TESTED: $51,645 (base price: $45,290)

ENGINE TYPE: SOHC 16-valve V-8, iron block and aluminum heads, port fuel injection

Displacement: 379 cu in, 6210 cc
Power (SAE net): 411 hp @ 5500 rpm
Torque (SAE net): 434 lb-ft @ 4500 rpm

TRANSMISSION: 6-speed automatic with manumatic shifting

DIMENSIONS:
Wheelbase: 145.2 in Length: 232.1 in
Width: 86.3 in Height: 78.4 in
Curb weight: 6284 lb

C/D TEST RESULTS:
Zero to 60 mph: 6.6 sec
Zero to 100 mph: 19.2 sec
Street Start, 5–60 mph: 6.6 sec
Standing ¼-mile: 15.2 sec @ 92 mph
Top speed (governor limited): 100 mph
Braking, 70–0 mph: 218 ft
Roadholding, 300-ft-dia skidpad: 0.70 g
FUEL ECONOMY:
EPA city/highway driving: 11/14 mpg
C/D observed: 11 mpg


BY DANIEL PUND, PHOTOGRAPHY BY PATRICK M. HOEY
May 2011 




It was out in a scabrous field in southeast Michigan immediately following a Detroit Lions game in the early ’80s (a loss, naturally) when I became intimately acquainted with the roll bar of a Jeep CJ-7 Golden Eagle that my father was driving entirely too fast. And also quite drunkenly. We were out for a little white-boy, Sunday-afternoon hell-raising. But, as it turns out, 90 pounds of unbelted preteen boy launches easily from the back seat into the roll bar’s diagonal support—a ribs-to-steel contact not soon forgotten.


Now, there were any number of errors in the thinking that led up to that moment. They began with the Detroit Lions and continued on to the late-’70s fascination with hood stickers and alcohol, unbelted children, and, well, essentially every other aspect of this tale. But the real problem, of course, was that we weren’t in a Ford F-150 SVT Raptor SuperCrew.

Inside the SVT cab’s cavernous rear quarters, a boy could bounce around a fair amount without being ejected, maimed, or even lightly damaged. The boy would be even better off if he used one of the three three-point seatbelts back there. But, of course, that doesn’t really matter because the Raptor’s absurdly generous wheel travel and high-performance Fox shocks (or, if you insist, “Shox”) will soak up your average Michigan hillock without even notifying the passengers. And the new-for-2011 SuperCrew’s monstrous 145.2-inch wheelbase (11.9 inches lengthier than the already long Raptor SuperCab’s) would have further quelled the jiggles.

At 6284 pounds, the Raptor SuperCrew is 184 pounds heavier than the SuperCab version. Despite this, the SuperCrew is a tenth quicker to 60 mph (6.6 seconds) and through the quarter-mile (15.2) than the last Raptor SuperCab we tested. All ’11 Raptors are powered by the same 411-hp, 6.2-liter V-8. The big all-terrain BFGoodrich tires deliver the same 0.70 g on the skidpad in both versions, too. However, 70-to-0 braking went from terrible in the SuperCab (202 feet) to dismal in the SuperCrew (218 feet).

As your sole form of transport, this thing is going to be pricey. Real pricey. On my 47-minute-and-32-second, 48.8-mile, all-expressway morning commute, the SVT consumed 3.7 gallons of fuel and averaged just above 13 mpg. So for the day, I was in for 7.4 gallons of gasoline. On the upside, the SuperCrew comes with a big, 36-gallon tank.

Our test vehicle came loaded with a $2495 navigation system (with a comely, high-resolution screen) and a $2190 Luxury package that includes power, heated front seats and power-adjustable pedals, among other niceties. Hell, the Raptor even has a crystal-clear screen with layer upon layer of menus between the main gauges. Dig deep enough, and you can decide if you would like the truck to activate something called a “courtesy wipe.” By comparison, the Golden Eagle came equipped only with paint the color of root beer.All of this is to say that if my dad and I had been in a Raptor SuperCrew on that day, we’d have been going a lot faster when we broke something or someone.




SPECIFICATIONS 

$45695 F-150 4WD SuperCrew 5-1/2 Ft Box SVT Raptor

4-Door Four Wheel Drive , 411 bhp, 434 lb-ft, 6-sp Automatic, 11/14 mpg

6 passengers, 6.2-liter, 8-cylinder engine,

Brakes
Brake Type Pwr
Brake ABS System 4-Wheel
Disc - Front (Yes or ) Yes
Disc - Rear (Yes or ) Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness 13.7 x 9.1 in
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness 13.7 x 9.0 in
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Box Length @ Floor 67.0 in
Cargo Box Width @ Top, Rear 60.3 in
Cargo Box Width @ Floor 60.3 in
Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings 50.0 in
Cargo Box (Area) Height 22.4 in
Tailgate Width N/A in
Cargo Volume 55.4 ft³
Ext'd Cab Cargo Volume N/A ft³
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity N/A qts
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) 750
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (3rd) N/A
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) 155
Engine
Engine Order Code 996
Engine Type Gas V8
Displacement 6.2L/-TBD-
Fuel System EFI
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 411 @ 5500
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 434 @ 4500
Exterior Dimensions
Wheelbase 144.5 in
Length, Overall w/o rear bumper N/A in
Width, Max w/o mirrors 86.3 in
Height, Overall 78.5 in
Overhang, Front 38.0 in
Overhang, Rear w/o bumper N/A in
Front Bumper to Back of Cab 164.9 in
Cab to Axle N/A in
Cab to End of Frame N/A in
Ground to Top of Load Floor 36.2 in
Ground to Top of Frame N/A in
Frame Width, Rear N/A in
Ground Clearance, Front N/A in
Ground Clearance, Rear N/A in
Body Length 0.00 ft
Cab to Body N/A in
Frame
Frame Type Fully-boxed
Sect Modulus Rails Only N/A in³
Frame RBM N/A N/A
Frame Strength N/A lbs
Frame Thickness N/A in
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx 26 gal
Fuel Tank Location Midship
Interior Dimensions
Passenger Capacity 6
Front Head Room 41.0 in
Front Leg Room 41.4 in
Front Shoulder Room 65.9 in
Front Hip Room 60.5 in
Second Head Room 40.3 in
Second Leg Room 43.5 in
Second Shoulder Room 65.5 in
Second Hip Room 64.6 in
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy 14 MPG
Cruising Range - City 286.00 mi
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City 11 MPG
Fuel Economy Est-Combined N/A MPG
Cruising Range - Hwy 364.00 mi
Steering
Steering Type Pwr Rack & Pinion
Steering Ratio (:1), On Center 17.0
Steering Ratio (:1), At Lock N/A
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb 47.0 ft
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall N/A ft
Suspension
Suspension Type - Front Coil Spring
Suspension Type - Rear Leaf Spring
Spring Capacity - Front N/A lbs
Spring Capacity - Rear N/A lbs
Axle Type - Front Double Wishbone
Axle Type - Rear Semi-Floating
Axle Capacity - Front 4000 lbs
Axle Capacity - Rear N/A lbs
Axle Ratio (:1) - Front 4.10
Axle Ratio (:1) - Rear 4.10
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front 47.0 mm
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear 47.0 mm
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front 1.08 in
Tires
Front Tire Order Code N/A
Rear Tire Order Code N/A
Spare Tire Order Code N/A
Front Tire Size LT315/70R17
Rear Tire Size LT315/70R17
Spare Tire Size LT315/70R17
Front Tire Capacity N/A lbs
Rear Tire Capacity N/A lbs
Spare Tire Capacity N/A lbs
Revolutions/Mile @ 45 mph - Front N/A
Revolutions/Mile @ 45 mph - Rear N/A
Revolutions/Mile @ 45 mph - Spare N/A
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. 5000 lbs
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. 500 lbs
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. 8000 lbs
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. 1200 lbs
Maximum Trailering Capacity N/A lbs
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Weight 0.00 lbs
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Weight 0.00 lbs
Weight Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Weight 0.00 lbs
Weight Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Weight 0.00 lbs
Fifth Wheel Hitch - Max Trailer Weight 0.00 lbs
Fifth Wheel Hitch - Max Tongue Weight 0.00 lbs
Transmission
Drivetrain 4-Wheel Drive
Trans Order Code 446
Trans Type 6
Trans Description Cont. Automatic w/OD
First Gear Ratio (:1) 4.17
Second Gear Ratio (:1) 2.34
Third Gear Ratio (:1) 1.52
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) 1.14
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.86
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.69
Reverse Ratio (:1) 3.40
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) N/A
Transfer Case Model Manual Shift-on-the-Fly
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), High 1.00
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), Low 2.64
Vehicle
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score N/A
Weight Information
Trim Curb Weight 6200.00 lbs
Base Trim Weight - Front 3541.00 lbs
Base Trim Weight - Rear 2659.00 lbs
Gross Axle Wt Rating - Front N/A lbs
Gross Axle Wt Rating - Rear N/A lbs
Curb Weight - Front 3541 lbs
Curb Weight - Rear 2659 lbs
Option Weight - Front 0.00 lbs
Option Weight - Rear 0.00 lbs
Reserve Axle Capacity - Front N/A lbs
Reserve Axle Capacity - Rear N/A lbs
As Spec'd Curb Weight 6200.00 lbs
As Spec'd Payload 1100.00 lbs
Maximum Payload Capacity 1100.00 lbs
Gross Combined Wt Rating N/A lbs
Gross Axle Weight Rating N/A lbs
Curb Weight 6200.00 lbs
Reserve Axle Capacity N/A lbs
Total Option Weight 0.00 lbs
Gross Vehicle Weight Rating 7300.00 lbs
Wheels
Front Wheel Size 17 x -TBD- in
Rear Wheel Size 17 x -TBD- in
Spare Wheel Size 17 x -TBD- in
Front Wheel Material Aluminum
Rear Wheel Material Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material N/A

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