Steeda – a very familiar name in the world of Ford Mustang tuning – has cranked out a host of new products in recent months, including a new SSV Mustang that pays homage to the old Fox Body police vehicle, an SSV version of the Ford Explorer, and the Ford F-150 Thunder Edition. Now, the latest vehicle to join the tuner’s stable is this – the Steeda F-150 Raptor Edition, a more off-road focused, high-performance alternative to those street-focused vehicles.
On the performance side of the equation, the Steeda F-150 Raptor Edition features a Whipple Stage 1 upgrade that includes the company’s Mega Cooler intercooler, which helps boost output from the twin-turbocharged Ford 3.5L V6 EcoBoost powerplant from a factory rating of 450 horsepower and 510 pound-feet of torque to 540 horsepower and 670 pound-feet.
Underneath, the truck also receives a 2.5-inch leveling kit, which helps make room for a set of 20×9.5-inch matte black Black Rhino Overland wheels and either 35- or optional 37-inch Nitto Recon Grappler A/T tires. Ultra Wheels Tru-Beadlock six-lug wheels are also available as an optional upgrade for those that want to get a bit more serious about their off-roading capabilities.
Aside from the wheel and tire upgrades, the Steeda F-150 Raptor Edition receives a host of additional exterior changes to set it apart from a “normal” Raptor. Those include an Addictive Desert Designs Stealth Fighter front bumper and high-strength rear bumper, a 40-inch Rigid light bar and 10-inch off-road driving lights in the front and rear, an Extang Xceed seamless hard-folding tonneau cover, BedRug bedliner, and a windshield banner, graphics and appearance package, stubby antenna, and engine bay serialization badge from Steeda.
“We approached the Raptor in exactly the same manner in which we do all of our performance vehicle products – take an already great vehicle and make it better by modifying it as needed for enhanced performance and driving abilities” said Bob Adams, President of Steeda Performance Vehicles. “The Raptor is really great out of the box, but our engineers have the expertise and experience to make it even better. We always take a ‘clean sheet’ approach in everything we do with a focus on performance enhancements, increased reliability/durability, and a more overall satisfying driving experience.”