Ford has introduced a new, more powerful engine for the 2010 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor. Its power and torque characteristics make it the most powerful half-ton pickup on the US market. The 6.2-litre V8 engine is the same as that found in the 2011 Super Duty but with more power and torque.

It features a cast-iron engine block, aluminium cylinder heads and a single overhead camshaft with roller-rocker shaft drivetrain for better breathing. The dual-equal variable cam timing system helps improve fuel efficiency. Maximum power is 306kW (411bhp/ 417PS) at 5,500rpm and peak torque is rated at 588Nm (434 lb-ft).

Ford took the vehicle through extensive desert heat testing to make sure it would be durable and reliable in everyday usage. "We spent a lot of time developing our desert durability test so that it's very close to replicating the Baja 1000," said Kerry Baldori, SVT chief functional engineer.

The 2010 F-150 SVT Raptor with a 6.2-litre V8 can now be bought from dealerships throughout the US. Over 3,000 units have been pre-ordered since the truck was first announced. Prices start at US$41,995 including destination and delivery.

Watch the SVT Raptor go through some of its paces in the video.


Gallery: 2010 Ford F150 SVT Raptor gets New 6.2-litre V8 Engine with 411hp [video]

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