The SVT Raptor entered showrooms in late 2009 as a dedicated off-roader, with sales being much better than expected. It was powered by a 5.4 L (330 CID) engine, with a 6.2 L option. The 5.4 L (330 CID) engine has 310 horsepower (230 kW) and 365 ft·lbf (495 N·m) of torque .The 6.2 L (379 CID) engine has 411 horsepower (306 kW) and 434 ft·lbf (588 N·m) of torque. The suggested retail price was $3000 over the 5.4 L model. A six-speed automatic is standard. It has Fox Racing Shox internal bypass shocks with external reservoirs which allows for 11" of suspension travel in front, and 12" in the rear. It comes standard with 35" BFGoodrich All Terrain tires, and a rear Locking differential with a 4.10:1 gear ratio. Also, it is available in tuxedo black, oxford white, blue flame, and molten orange with a "digital mud" decal scheme as an option. In April 2011, Ford sold 1,186 Raptors, outselling Honda's Ridgeline. The first production Raptor, molten orange with the digital mud graphic, sold at an auction for $130,000. Ford donated all proceeds above the MSRP to charity. The race version, F-150 SVT Raptor R, was built for the Baja 1000 races. It uses a 6.2 L engine rated at 500 hp.
For 2011, the SVT Raptor would be powered exclusively with the 6.2 L V8 as the only engine choice. Other notable changes to the 2011 SVT Raptor include availability in a 4-door Super Crew cab and a new color option Ingot Silver Metallic making the Raptor available in a total of five colors. 2012 Raptors eliminated the open differential in the front end in favor of a Torsen helical gear limited slip differential. Shelby American makes a higher performance version of the SVT Raptor called the Shelby Raptor. And Hennessey Performance Engineering makes a SUV version of the SVT Raptor called the Hennessey VelociRaptor SUV.