Ford F-150 Raptor SVT spotted testing in Victoria

An eagle-eyed CarAdvice reader has snapped a Ford F-150 Raptor SVT in Victoria.

Khoder Ahmed captured the hulking left-hand-drive truck, which is an engineering evaluation vehicle belonging to Ford Australia.

Brand communications manager Neil McDonald said the 2011 F-150 Raptor was shipped to Australia more than two years ago to join Ford�??s local engineering fleet.

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McDonald was, however, quick to point out Ford has no plans to introduce the Raptor or any vehicles from the F-Series family to our market.

As one of Ford Motor Company�??s global engineering hubs, Ford Australia imports a number of vehicles built for other markets around the world for testing, assessment and validation work.

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The 2011 Ford F-150 Raptor was produced at Ford�??s Dearborn Truck Plant in Michigan, US.� At 5603mm long, 2192mm wide and 1994mm tall, the 2.7-tonne pick-up towers over the Falcon XR6 Ute and previous-generation Ranger it is parked alongside.

Under the Raptor�??s head-high bonnet sits a 6.2-litre V8 that produces 306kW of power at 5500rpm and 588Nm of torque at 4500rpm, and gives the four-wheel-drive F-150 a 2720kg towing capacity.

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The current 12th-generation Ford F-Series is now five years old, having launched in 2008.� The all-new 13th-generation F-Series is due in 2015, drawing inspiration from the Ford Atlas concept that debuted at January�??s Detroit auto show.

While the new model will be influenced by the brand�??s One Ford philosophy and offer a range of downsized, fuel-efficient EcoBoost engines, McDonald said Ford Australia views the Ranger as its flagship ute for the foreseeable future and has no intention to offer the next-generation F-Series.

Ford Australia last sold the F-250 and F-350 utes in Australia in 2006.

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