Ford SVT and Ford Racing have worked together on the F-150 SVT Raptor R -- an off-road performance pick-up that comes with a new 6.2 liter V8 from Ford.

The Ford F-150 is an icon. For many years it was the best selling vehicle in the North American market, selling over 900,000 units a year. But its sales have been falling precipitously during the current crisis and this may not be the best time to be engaging in an off-roader market. But this F-150 SVT Raptor R, a combined effort from Ford's SVT (Special Vehicle Team) and Ford Racing, is meant to help maintain Ford's presence in the off-road racing scene and on that it hopes to deliver.

The Raptor is certainly bullish-looking -- it's a full 7 inches (18 cm) wider than the standard F-150. It sports Ford's 5.4 liter V-8, a three-valve engine called the Triton, which churns out 320 horses and 390 lb.-ft. of torque (528 Nm). Ford is promising a larger 6.2 liter V8 sometime after launch but provided no power numbers on that new engine.

Ford also claims that the Dukes of Hazard-style take-off and landing you see happening in the photos there is the real deal. The Raptor is a high-performance, bouncing dust-maker with 11.2 inches (28 cm) of leeway in the front suspension and 13.4 inches (34 cm) in the rear suspension.

There's an array of electronic aides, like Roll Stability Control, Electronic Locking Differential and Hill Descent Control. There are also stability controls for trailer hauling, something this F-150 is well equipped to do.

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