FORD F-150 SVT RAPTOR
For decades the light truck market has seen a barrage of OEM off-road nameplates, all claiming to increase the truck’s off-highway performance. After thousands of miles of desert testing in California’s sun-parched Anza-Borrego National Park, the 2010 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor was born.
The F-150 SVT Raptor launches with the proven 5.4-liter Triton V-8 with 310 horsepower and 365 lb.-ft of torque; a 6.2-liter V-8 engine will be available.
Design elements from the unique grille and front fascia have been carried through to the interior on the console and dashboard. The steering wheel is wrapped in black leather and features a molten-orange leather strip that serves as a centering sight line which is especially useful in extreme driving maneuvers that can often cause the driver to lose perspective of the steering wheel’s center point.
NEXT GENERATION CHEVROLET CORVETTE C7
This is great news as earlier estimates had pushed back the C7 through 2014. This also means that the Corvette Team will now have the resources and the corporate edict to move full speed ahead on a new design that could see changes to America’s sports car that include a smaller, lighter body, greater use of advanced weight-saving materials like carbon fiber, aluminum and magnesium and perhaps a smaller engine but one that will still provide the power-to-weight ratio that Corvette owners have become accustomed to.
Smaller engines. The goal is power comparable to today’s Corvette V-8s with significantly better fuel efficiency. Plan on direct fuel injection, variable valve timing, and active fuel management (cylinder shutdown) to keep the pushrod V-8s in play. A larger version of the turbocharged DOHC V-6 powering the Cadillac SRX crossover could serve as the C7’s base engine.