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Ford F150 SVT Raptor takes Four Wheeler 2011 Truck of the Year

The 2010 Ford SVT Raptor introduced race-inspiring engineering to the street legal pickup truck segment but the balmy performance of the 5.4L Triton engine provided the Raptor from getting its due respect. However, with the introduction of the new 6.2L V8 to the SVT F150, the mighty Raptor has taken home the award for Four Wheeler Magazine’s 2011 Truck of the Year.

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There is next to nothing to “wrong” with the 2010 Ford SVT Raptor but with just 310hp, the 5.4L Triton V8 came up short against the competition – allowing the Hemi-powered Ram Power Wagon to take the prize of Four Wheeler’s top truck in 2010. On the other hand, with the new 6.2L-powered Raptor packing 411hp and 434lb-ft of torque, the Raptor is not only the most capable but also the most powerful half ton truck on the market.

When the Ford F150 SVT Raptor was introduced, it was hard to find something to complain about as the truck is fully purpose built inside and out but in an age where most half-ton trucks are packing close to 400hp (if not more), the old 5.4L engine wasn’t getting it done. Ford’s introduction of the 6.2L V8 has essentially fixed the only real “problem” with the Raptor – making it one of the best performing and (in my opinion) coolest trucks on the market today. In addition to adding 411hp to the unique Raptor body and race-ready Fox Racing suspension components, the 2011 Raptor also features a SuperCrew option so if you want to tear through the woods or desert in your Raptor, you can now do it with a few of your friends seated comfortably in the back.

The SVT Raptor beat out a pair of heavy duty models in the finals, with the Ford Super Duty Power Stroke Lariat FX4 and Chevrolet 2500 Silverado Z/71 Duramax falling short of the popular off-road racer in Four Wheeler’s 2011 shootout. Click here for a look at the original story from Four Wheeler magazine and congrats to Ford for improving an already-awesome truck and taking home this major award.

Check out the gallery below for a closer look at the 2011 Ford SVT Raptor and the rest of the Ford models from the 2010 LA Auto Show.

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