TAG Motorsports Ford F150 SVT Raptor is Supercharged, Super Red
The Ford F150 SVT Raptor is one of the most capable new vehicles you can buy. It’s also one of the most muscular new pickup trucks you can buy, with its 6.2L V8 kicking out 411 horsepower. Throw in the bold bodywork and hardcore off-roading suspension and you have what is basically a trophy truck with a full interior and license plate brackets.
But what if you want performance that’s even closer to that of a trophy truck? What if you want to be able to blitz over hill and dale faster than a lot of vehicles can cover the same distance on pavement? Then you put in a call to TAG Motorsports.
TAG Motorsports, which calls the San Diego suburb of Escondido, California home, doesn’t do much to this most feisty of Ford’s haulers in terms of cosmetics. They paint the big “FORD” lettering on the front grille body color, as well as the bead lock rings on the stock wheels. The bed is topped by a power-retractable tonneau cover from Pace Edwards, and a Corsa exhaust system featuring a muffler bypass valve finished in satin black rounds out the exterior upgrades.
Inside, the headrests feature custom embroidery, and a Roush boost gauge. Wait, boost gauge? Yes, a boost gauge, to monitor the boost being made by the Roush Stage 2 supercharger. It (along with Kooks headers and high-flow cats – presumably for non-California customers – plus the aforementioned Corsa exhaust system) raise engine output to a way-past-adequate 600hp. The Raptor’s stock 6-speed automatic transmission and four-wheel-drive system take care of divvying out most of that power to the pavement, dirt, snow, sand, etc.
TAG isn’t saying what the engine upgrades do for straight line performance, or what all these revisions will cost you. However, it’s worth noting that there are probably very few vehicles short of, say, a sand rail with a twin-turbo GM LS V8, will probably be able to touch it in the rough stuff. And unlike a sand rail, the Raptor – even a stock one – gives you such novelties as doors, windows, a roof, air conditioning and a cargo bed. And from what we hear, there are a few off-roading enthusiasts like that stuff…
Source: TAG Motorsports
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