First Drive Review: 2010 6.2-liter V-8 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor

First Drive Review: 2010 6.2-liter V-8 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor

When the Ford F-150 SVT Raptor was first unveiled in 2008, auto enthusiasts of all stripes were stopped in their tracks by the sheer outrageousness of Ford's off-road pickup truck. There has never been a factory-offered high-performance car or truck engineered to travel at speeds up to 100 mph in places where little more than rocks and sand are the only sources of traction. After several turns behind the wheel of the 5.4-liter V-8 model, we were shocked and awed by how well the Raptor fulfilled Ford's go-fast-in-the-dirt and air-catching promises.

But suddenly, the original Raptor is a base-model truck. A new 6.2-liter V-8 Raptor has arrived with the most powerful engine available in a half-ton pickup, and we've just driven it hard in the unforgiving Mojave Desert of Southern California.

PickupTrucks.com reader Matt Davis, who hangs out with the Raptor driving crew at SVTOffRoad.com, picked up his 6.2-liter Raptor last week and was kind enough to let us borrow it for a day. Also driving alongside us, our good friend Sean Holman, tech editor at Four Wheeler Magazine (you can read Sean's initial opinion of the truck at the Four Wheeler Blog).

More Power!

For years, if there was one gripe that Ford F-150 owners collectively shared, it was the distinct lack of power (and bragging rights) that come with a large-displacement V-8. The all-new 6.2-liter is meant to answer this glaring hole in Ford's powertrain lineup.

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The single-overhead cam 6.2-liter V-8 is rated at a brawny 411 horsepower and 434 pounds-feet of torque. The fact that it's making its debut in today's frugal times is rather odd, like seeing the strongman sideshow freak turn up in a Cirque du Soleil performance. Where Ford's latest gas and diesel engines are modern marvels that feature direct injection, turbochargers, compacted graphite iron engine blocks and slick tech like twin intake variable cam timing, the 6.2-liter V-8 is a bit of a throwback. It has two valves and two spark plugs per cylinder, a cast-iron engine block and aluminum cylinder heads. It also features a cast-iron crankshaft, forged steel connecting rods and cast-aluminum pistons. "Powered by Ford" is proudly embossed on the valve covers.

In addition to the Raptor, the 6.2-liter V-8 can also be found bolted under the hood of the new 2011 F-Series Super Duty, where it's rated a bit lower at 385 hp and 405 pounds-feet of torque.

Before we made a beeline for the California outback north of Edwards Air Force Base to try out the whole truck, we paid a visit to our friends at K&N Air Filters in Riverside to borrow time on their chassis dynamometer to empirically measure the horsepower and torque curves of the 6.2-liter.

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With the transmission in third gear, maximum torque was measured at 361.64 pounds-feet and horsepower peaked at 344.52 hp. Both measurements were made at the rear wheels instead of at the crank, which is what Ford uses to claim its advertised rating of 411 hp and 434 pounds-feet.

A 15 to 20 percent power loss from the crank to the rear wheels from friction and rotational parasitic forces is a fair number to use, gauging the relative difference between claimed and dynoed numbers. In that context, the power the 6.2-liter V-8 was able to put on the ground was better than we expected. It's got more horsepower and just a bit less torque at the rear wheels than the legacy 310-hp, 365 pounds-feet 5.4-liter V-8 has at the crank!

Update 1: April-28-2010
We dynoed the 6.2 Raptor using 87 octane regular unleaded gasoline. The 6.2 Raptor makes 411 peak horsepower at the crank using premium unleaded fuel and 401 peak horsepower burning regular. Torque remains the same with either fuel.

On the Road

After K&N, the freeways and backroads from Riverside to Mojave gave us plenty of seat time to see how the 6.2-liter Raptor behaved on the road. After all, you don't need to trailer this desert prerunner from home to OHV park or Baja Mexico.

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A spring storm passing through Southern California threw hard rain at us at times, so we were able to drive on asphalt in wet and dry conditions. In both cases, the 6.2-liter Raptor felt very secure and solid on the road despite its tall stance, big 35-inch BF Goodrich tires and long-travel suspension. The ride seemed distinctively better than the 5.4-liter Raptor, though you could feel some chassis float when changing lanes.

Perhaps it's the extra weight from the larger mill or revised suspension tuning, but road feel was our first confirmation that the extra time Ford has taken to deliver the 6.2-liter Raptor has paid off well.

The second indicator that the 6.2-liter Raptor is an improved truck came from the noticeable lack of fussiness from the six-speed automatic transmission, which is the same gearbox paired with the 5.4-liter V-8. In past drives, we noted how the 5.4-liter V-8 tended to hunt for gears, looking for the best balance between speed and fuel economy. Our solution to that issue was to use tow/haul mode to hold gears longer before shifting. There's virtually none of that frequent cog swapping in the 6.2-liter Raptor, which shifted only as needed and used the engine's larger power band to stay in gear.

When it came time to plant the accelerator to pass slower vehicles, the Raptor responded by smoothly dropping a gear and revving up to its peak torque sweet spot that's available from 3,500-5,700 rpm. But the rush of power wasn't EcoBoost shove-you-back-in-the-seat-and-keep-shoving strong, like we've experienced in Ford's latest EB-powered vehicles. Opening the Raptor's throttle produced a confident and steady stream of power instead of urgent torque sent to the rear wheels. Its power nicely patches all the gaps the 5.4-liter has, but not excessively so.

To find out just how fast the Raptor is on the road, instead of relying on our butt dyno, we made a couple of runs with the truck at Willow Springs Raceway north of Los Angeles. During three passes in a stormy crosswind, we measured a best zero-to-60 mph time of 7.61 seconds, according to instrumented testing using the VBOX we brought along. That’s with the truck’s launch-optimized 4.10 rear axle, though that low final-drive ratio is somewhat negated by the Raptor’s very tall 35-inch tires. It's 1.2 seconds faster than what we measured in the 5.4-liter V-8 Raptor, and it's very respectable considering the Raptor 's hefty curb weight tips the scales at more than 6,000 pounds.

In the quarter-mile, we hit 89.04 mph in 15.86 seconds.

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All of the runs were performed in two-wheel drive with off-road mode on and stability control off, so throttle interference from electronic nannies wouldn't be a problem, though that apparently introduced rear axle wrap and some wheel hop when we went wide-open throttle from a brake-torqued standing start. That's not surprising, since we've experienced similar behavior before in a standard 5.4-liter F-150.

After leaving Willow Springs, we pointed the Raptor toward the wide-open high desert near Johannesburg, Calif. It's where we recently tested a 5.4-liter V-8 Raptor, so we could put the 6.2-liter Raptor on some of the same trails but still try some new ground.

In the Dirt

We turned off the main road into Last Chance Canyon for a quick excursion up a wash that was freshly covered in spots with large rocks that fell from cliffs during the recent rains. Where possible, we squirted up open sandy sections and dodged boulders, getting a feel for the 6.2-liter V-8's power on loose surfaces. As hoped and expected, the strong engine enabled the Raptor to hunch down in the dirt for traction without feeling or becoming bogged down in excessively silty sections. That same power also allowed us make precise course corrections during rapid turns around water-formed bends in the dry riverbed, which wouldn't have been possible with the slower and lower power response with the 5.4-liter V-8. Deft punches of the right pedal could be used for maneuvering instead of being power-limited and having to brake around an obstacle, risking getting bogged down.

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We followed several power line roads and dirt bike trails looking for just the right place to jump the Raptor -- you are supposed to jump the truck, after all -- but we didn't have much luck this time finding the right rise. We didn't want to break the truck, either.

What we did find were some great straightaways with odd and random mixes of hard-packed dirt, old crumbling asphalt and small to moderately sized whoops that proved to be an excellent refresher of how well the Raptor's specialized front and rear Fox shocks handle rapidly changing terrain conditions at speeds up to 50 to 60 mph. The 2.5-inch diameter maintenance-free dampers deliver over 11-inches of front and more than 13-inches of aft wheel travel. Three oil gates inside their barrels control the dampening rate as the shock responds to every surface condition the truck encounters, from pothole to mudhole.

The 6.2-liter V-8 excelled in these trail situations as well. Faced with the on-the-spot decision to immediately brake and crawl at low speeds or, instead, quickly speed up to leverage the suspension to rapidly cross changing surfaces -- like washboards that gave way to wider-spaced dips or whoops that grew deeper troughs -- the extra power rapidly pushed the speedometer to the right so we didn't bounce too hard over stuff that would be tough on the truck and passengers at lower speeds.

What also works well with the 6.2-liter V-8 is the Raptor's specialized off-road mode. Enabled with the push of a button, off-road mode changes the engine’s throttle map to give the Raptor linear throttle response, like a race truck, instead of high power at the beginning and tapered at the end, like a street truck. Off-road mode also changes the transmission’s shift points to hold its gear and not upshift after letting off the throttle at high speeds. It also locks out the sixth-gear overdrive at the top of the transmission to keep the rpm high.

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We also spent some time just running the Raptor hard in a wide open desert expanse, drifting and power sliding on the dirt to get further familiar with the 6.2-liter V-8's power band without risk of hitting rocks, bushes or an unexpected deep rut. Flatland isn't part of the Raptor's native hilly and rutted trail-running habitat but it sure is fun throwing the rig around a field.

Adding It All Up

But there's more to the Raptor we tested than just go-fast antics. In addition to the $3,000 upgrade to the 6.2-liter V-8 over the 5.4-liter Raptor's $38,020 starting price, this Raptor also came with the Luxury Package ($1,950) with 10-way power leather heated front seats, power adjustable pedals and a Sony audio system; a moonroof ($995); Ford's Sync entertainment and navigation system ($2,430); a bed extender ($250); tailgate step ($375); and a rearview camera that's a lifesaver backing up off-road ($450). The grand total was $48,445, including a $975 destination charge. Not included: the $1,075 "digital mud" exterior graphics option, so we could decorate the truck with the real stuff.

Are those luxuries worth it? Maybe not the moonroof, but all of the others make sense if this is your ultimate fantasy pickup that can be used for work and play.

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One disappointing thing we noticed about the 6.2-liter Raptor was its lack of external differentiation from the 5.4-liter version. Both have the same twin exhaust tips and wheels. On the Ford Racing Raptor XT that was shown at SEMA, there was a cool 6.2-liter V-8 badge that clearly identified the powerplant residing in the truck's engine bay, but on this truck there was nothing. It's an issue that deserves a fix, even one as simple as a small badge.

The last item we measured was fuel economy. We tallied it at two points during the trip. The first part combined freeway and country road driving with off-road driving, and it came out to a lowly 10.4 mpg. The second part only examined highway miles, which were better at 14 mpg but certainly nothing to brag about.

Those familiar with the telenovela development history of the 6.2-liter V-8 powertrain -- which is too long to get into in this story -- know that this engine has been in development since the early part of the last decade. What might have been considered efficient or satisfactory had it arrived around 2006 isn't necessarily the case today. Yes, it has gobs of power, but even a six-speed transmission isn't enough bring mileage up to where it should be. That's the biggest challenge Ford SVT has in front of it with the Raptor because the rest is brilliant.

Compared with the 5.4-liter truck, the 6.2-liter V-8 Raptor is a better balanced package of power and refinement on and off the pavement. There's no doubt that the 6.2-liter V-8 gives the Raptor the extra capability it's been demanding. It's an incredibly good deal for only an extra $3,000.

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Comments

Power Kid,
Take a breather. Once the dust settles you will see you have been overreacting - by a GREAT margin. If all you want is a 6.2l that is fine but you're spending $40k on a truck with half the tow rating (Raptor, Harley) and less mpg's! To each his own. That said, I believe you will be MUCH happier with the new 5.0l or EcoBoost.

@Dave - There is no replacement for displacement. Read this.

"If it was offered beyond the Raptor, the 6.2-liter V-8 is expected to find broad appeal with frequent trailer towers that find the F-150's current 310-hp, 5.4-liter V-8 making 365 pounds-feet of torque underpowered."

http://news.pickuptrucks.com/2010/01/ford-powers-up-new-and-future-powertrains-for-fseries-trucks.html

Somebody has to say it, and I guess it's going to be me since nobody has yet. I can't believe the Ford guys are liking this truck because, and I quote them, "If it has IFS, its not a true truck." I think we may have a little hypocracy going on here on behalf of the Ford fans on this site. They seem to be overlooking this minor detail when it comes to their own brand. And let the excuses begin.... Now. And I won't be responding Ford boys so let me have it. Hypocrites!!! IFS is just fine if it's built right. Even FORD seems to think so.

Mike,

I drive an F250 King Ranch today with a 6.2L and 4.30 rear end and it moved the 7,500 lb super duty nicely! Nice deep throaty sound too...

I think you should test the F250 6.2L against a Ram HD Hemi pulling, racing, fuel economy etc etc, not everyone is in the market for a $3.10 a gallon diesel...

@Jeremiah: We're going to do exactly that, plus the 6.0-L GM V-8. :-)

Greg,
Like now when you said you wont be responding, in the past you have not been playing close enough attention. Ford half tons have had IFS since LBJ so your argument of our argument doesn't make since. However 250 and above had solid axles or TTBs ON 4x4's since inception. these vehicles have higher loading requirements and need a more durable front end. Ford and Chrysler both believe this and both are the front leaders in HD pickup design and sales.

BOB... Remember "Only Little Boys Wear Bowties"!!!

Let the past & current sales numbers speak for themselves.

^^^ Front leader in HD sales? GM outsells Dodge in the HD segment handily.

McDonald's sells more hamburgers than anyone else in the world. Are they the *best* hamburgers? Why do people always bring up sales figures to try to prove how good something is. I guess the Ferrari California is a piece of crap.

Alex,

That analogy only works if the competition has quality and capabilities that are that much more significant. Ferrari is not in the HD truck market just like you wont find Kobe beef at fast food chains. McD may not be great but I take one over Roy Rogers, BK or White Castle any day.

Right or wrong, sales helps pay the bills!!!

Just an example smt..... When I buy ANY product, i don't look at how many were sold, just were other people that did buy them satisfied with them? People that buy anything because of their popularity are just sheep following the herd. I don't mean that literally smt! Don't think I mean that if you see a Ram, that the driver is a sheep! Though it could be a Bighorn I suppose.

@ Dave

Again, you have no idea which engine I'll be happier with. Just as I have no opinion what engine would be best for you. You make assuptions. I will not buy a Harley or Raptor as thier tow rating/GVWR etc is too low for my needs. If I didn't pull our current RV, I'd be all over a SCrew Raptor... (Drool)

I want the engine that will be best for towing. I'm speculating that the 6.2L in a reg F150 would be the best option from Ford. I may be wrong, as it could be the EB. I highly doubt it will be the 5.0L. Not saying the 5.0 is not a great engine by anymeans, just saying it would not be the best lugging engine available from Ford. (or others) I think in F150 trim it will be down on low end tq. Again, I could be wrong, hope we find out sooner rather than later.

Motorweek tv tested a new 2010 Ram HD with the gas hemi crew cab 4x4 that went 0-60 in 7.2 and 1/4 mile at 15.4 at 95mph. More truck and more versatile in my opinion. just sayin..

@lizardhead - all depends on what you want out of a truck. The Raptor has an 8 - 12+ month wait list.
There has been a Dodge PowerWagon sitting on the dealer's lot in my home town for the last 2 months. No-one wants to spend 60 grand on a "gas pot". I'd love to have either truck but the Power Wagon has to compete with diesel trucks. I don't see too many 3/4 ton or 1 ton gassers, unless they are bare bones fleet trucks. I see many lifted Dodge diesels.

@g-street - GM may outsell Dodge nationally, but I've noticed locally - Dodge outselling GM. That's why I find it hard to believe that Dodge Ram sales are down 20%. They are very popular in heavy industry. (At least in my neck of the woods).
I've noticed locally that the GM/Chev dealership has been flooded with 1/2 ton trucks. Has anyone else noticed the same thing? I bet there will be some great deals soon on GM pickups. I like the muscular look of the Sierra.

@Jake. Your comment was the epitome of "mature?"

@ Oxi my Ford goes all through pasters, ruts, and ditches does that count as off road? My drive way is even paved!!!! I know your Taco can drive through 20 feet of mud upside down with 2 tires flat. The Raptor is an amazing truck and people are just jealuous that their company didnt build it first!

If you wanna talk NASCAR everyone knows without Gibbs Toyota would be a huge joke just like they were in F1!!!
Fords going through a tough engine transition and will be back on top soon. Lets say Gibbs stuck with Chevy Yotas would have 2 wins I think total in Sprint Cup.

My Ford does great off road BTW and Im not talking drive ways mines paved!!!

Amazed of how clueless many people thatpost here are. Do some of you even read the articles or look at trucks?

We have someone commenting on how the Raptor doesn't match up with a 2500 Ram. DUH!

We have a comment trying to link a 1/2 ton with a more than adequate IFS to solid axles applied in HD's. DUH!

We also have good old Oxi hung up on lower shock mounts....again. Ever think the mounts are designed the way they are for a reason? Perhaps to help stop axle wrap and twist? DUH!

Looks like a ugly, overpriced, turd!!!

We don't have much sand in the South east. Keep the 5K raptor package and give me a set of gumbo mudders.

The trucks proportions just look ridiculous. Everything about it just screams hey look at me! I have a small package and a flashy truck lol...

Joking aside I would be interested if this engine were in the platinum crew f-150. That's a nice truck.

Until then I will stick to the Tundra which is faster, gets better fuel mileage, and stays out of the shop.

I still love hearing the Dumb A$$ people who post about how the tundra has 4.3 gears and that is why they are faster.

That is false. The transmission gearing in the GM truck negates that fact completely. The difference is GM overrates there engines. End of discussion!

@bob-

It may be a Ford, but at least it doesn't need a government bailout to continue existence. That's the one reason I will NOT be buying a GM or Chrysler (DODGE) anytime soon. Yeah, yeah, GM says they "paid back the bailout in full" but they neglect to mention they only paid back the 6.5 Billion "loan," but not the 50 some odd billion "investment" (bailout for stock).

Ford is kicking GM and Chrysler's tail in innovation and development. 10 years ago had someone said any of the big three would be developing a Twin-Turbo V6 everyone would have laughed. Now, it's happening, and they're putting it in their big pickup as the top-of-the-line engine (in most configurations). I'm stoked about the idea of nearly 400/400 with greater than 23 mpg. Yeah, a lot of people have said they don't worry about mpg in a truck, I wouldn't normally (I'm getting 16 now), but if I can get great power/torque AND mpg, then why the hell not?

I wonder when Ford will officially announce a CrewCab Raptor? Any hints Mike? or is there an embargo on any "new" Raptor news?
I just read a story at TruckTrend and there was a "camo" Raptor that looks like a crewcab to me. No one mentioned it but there were several photos.
http://www.trucktrend.com/roadtests/pickup/163_1008_2011_ford_f150_svt_raptor_6_2_drive/photo_24.html

@Lou: Crew cab Raptor is most certainly a go.

Excellent! I will aquire one post haste.

@ Thanks Mike.
I was eyeballing a new Power Wagon because of the crewcab option.
Looks like I'll have to wait patiently/impatiently to see the specifications for the Raptor Crewcab.

Ford f 150 SVT Raptor 6,2 liter V 8 is THE BEST CAR

"We don't have much sand in the South east. Keep the 5K raptor package and give me a set of gumbo mudders.

The trucks proportions just look ridiculous. Everything about it just screams hey look at me! I have a small package and a flashy truck lol..."

You can buy tires and rims if you like, however I have yet to see "Gumbo Mudders" that are worth anything that fit a stock truck.

The proportionslook rediculous? It is an F150 with a wider stance. Other than some bigger tires and a slight lift it is the same truck as the Platinum F150 you would want to buy and probably pay more or less the same for without the off road stuff the Raptor comes from the factory with.

Mike, I see on Motor Trend a drive in the SuperCrew Raptor. Did you get such a drive or see such a vehicle. I"ve seen on this site the photos, but on MT that was a legit drive. It seems if they are writing about it, then maybe embargo is off?

The Brand Loyalty is really bad on this thread. Everyone like what they like for reasons that they were told as kids why they liked them.

I personally have driven and owned all. I've always thought Fords lacked in the motor department. Dodges in the Transmission department. Toyota in interior design and full vehicle development, frame mostly. GM's i felt were always cutting corners and used some cheap plastics. New interiors are alot better, but the air damns on 4x4 are rediculous. THey are all good trucks and will last 150k easily. Depends what you want to do with a truck.

Next will be a Ford if motors are better, i feel the total truck is engineered better. Still can't believe Ford doesn't have wide opening extended cab doors ala nissan/chevy.

I think supercrew Raptor would look absolutely stunning in my driveway. And whoever said it is right, those things are just HUGH in person. But that is prob why i like it so.

Tundra's rock and all the rest suck.

Let's remember that the 6.2 liter is a new engine. It will take a few 'refinements' to get the mpg a bit better. Also, let's remember that the Raptor is turning larger tires, which means more rolling resistance, which equalls fewer miles per gallon. We are also measuring a 'brick' through the air, mpg will never equate to that of a sedan.

If one wants fast 0-60 or 1/4 mile times, buy a car. The Raptor is designed for off-road use, w/ fair road manners...others are jealous because it is well-engineered, and IT WORKS.

As far as domestics go, Chevy, Ford, and Dodge all have there strong points. At the current time Dodges are overpriced out the yazoo, ford and chevy are worth the price.
Dodge will not last the test of time, chevy is 1st in this cat, and ford a close 2nd.

For looks, I give Ford the trophy, Chevy and Gm 2nd, and Dodge last.

For Power, chevy always has more bhp, than dodge, than ford. If we are comparing apples to apples. With some exceptions.

I have owned one from every make, in the 1500, 150 lineup and My chevy has been the most dependable. At 165 thousand miles, I have replaced only the water pump at 155kmi, aside from scheduled maintanence. The dodge's water pump went out at 87kmi, the tranny @ 110kmi, and the rear end @ 116kmi. The ford needed an alternator at 90k, a water pump at 113kmi, and a distributor @120kmi.

The thing I love about a dodge is the sweet rumble of the exhaust, Ive had flowmasters on all of my trucks, dodge just sounds sweet, chevy is my next pic, and ford the last. In the category of pipes. Different pipes do make different rumbles, but I can tell what make a truck is as soon as I hear it, regardless of the pipes.

This info is based on my personal expeiriance with these vehicles, and the years vary, also taken into consideration is the expieriance my friends have had with there trucks, wich I have worked on time and time again.

My dream truck woul be a ford body, with a chevy powertrain, svt raptor suspension, with a dodge sound coming outa the pipes. MAN that would be a sweet ride.Shazaam

It is kind of silly to expect a romping, stomping, high-powered pick up truck to have fuel economy numbers equal to an economy car's. Understand, most high performance vehicles aren't bought for their fuel economy numbers.

My buddy has the black 6.2L Raptor he just bought a few days ago for almost 45k..pfft. I have a 2007 Pro 4x Titan running 35x12.50r18 6" CST lift sway-a-way coilovers...etc etc. I paid 22k for the truck and spent about 8k on mods. Of course he comes over to the house talking all kinds of chit about how he's gonna smoke me with his 6.2L. I just had my truck dyno'd about a month ago it was putting down 334hp/370tq at the wheels. Much to his surprise I dusted his Raptor by almost a truck length. Even with the 6.2L the truck is still pretty sluggish and heavy. For the 15-20k difference in price I'll keep my piece of junk Titan. The Raptor is a F-150 with a somewhat disappointing 6.2L and maybe 6k-8k worth of off-road mods priced at 40-50k...the price just doesn't justify what your getting. Even I was disappointed for my buddy I really loved this truck but it isn't what it's all crack up to be. He's already talking how he's going to find a programmer etc etc and blow me away lol... good luck my 5.6L and lighter truck can't be touched by this thing...I told him I'd trade him trucks he told me to go to hell lol! I like this truck but...it's a tad expensive for what your getting if you ask me.

@ Robert Wilson:

Substantially AGREED; with a caveat: remember that the US is in an economic depression (regardless what the pundits claim), and the value of the US dollar in the global marketplace has been in free fall since before your Titan was born.

By way of metaphor: when people have to use wheelbarrows to carry enough cash to buy a loaf of bread, they will need to tow trailers to buy, operate, maintain and repair such vehicles as those in this discussion.

That day isn't too far away. For now, though, consider the wholesale devaluation of the dollar against your argument: the new Raptor isn't all that pricey, after all.

OK chevy guys if your trucks are so great why has ford out sold them for the last 37 YEARS geeeee could it be because they build a better truck??? I think so. One more thing the new SUPER DUTY now has 58% of the heavy duty pick-up market. That means they sell more then chevy dodge and gmc. combined. Geeeee could it be because they build a better truck??? I think so!!

JUST RACED a08 dodge hemmi with a06 f150 and smoked him haha hemmi

I own one of the first 5, 6.2L Raptors shipped to Western Canada. In the 2 months I've owned it there has been only one problem with it. Staying under the speed limit. Highway I can get up to 19mpg at the speed limit. Offroad yep your gonna pay 8mpg.

Off Road this truck is the best of any Factory truck - bar none. You really have to get in a competitor's truck first like I did (chevy Z-71, dodge) then the Raptor to feel the difference and just how great this truck is. From Day one you can go out and have fun, not waiting for parts to arrive, get installed, machined, painted.

Too the Ford haters, I was one of you for 30 years. Convert, you will have more fun!

One question how fast is it oh and ford rules Chevy and gmc sucks and this truck is amazing

This is the worst truck that has ever been produced.

Between the Ford and Chevy 4X4s I've had over the years I'm very much into the Raptor. I now have 8,000 miles on my Raptor I've added Superchips reprogramer, Gibson exhaust, and K&N Induction system. It provides all the power needed to do whatever we decide to do. The truck is my daily driver and will go where ever he's pointed. Can't wait for the snow.
GO FORD!
Lugnuts

I have enjoyed reading all the Tec. info. on the Raptor,but if you dont mind stop the put downs on Ford unless you can also add the others CHEVY =cheapest heap ever valued yet, and DODGE = dad old d**n garage experiment.Any truck is only as good as the maint. and care that the owner/driver gives it. Enjoy what ever you may drive....or walk.

yeah yeah yeah, they engineered the 6.2l engine so we can drift it on sand.
if you are sure about its capabilies show us what it can really do when off raoding, not just drifting or going fast, if i want t fast i will me a sports car.

I finally got my first ride in a F-150 S.V.T. Raptor!!! It was a Blue Flame Metallic 2011 SuperCab. It is only 3-weeks old and already has over 2,000 miles on it. The owner has been driving the heck out of it; on the streets, on the highway, and on the dirt, and has been loving every minute/mile of it.

Unfortunately, my ride was short. It was only for about 10-miles; over speed bumps (around 25 m.p.h.) behind a shopping center, over a curb (around 10 m.p.h.), hard acceleration on the street, a full-throttle blast up a freeway on-ramp, and a cruise down the freeway. The exhaust note sounds sooo nice. The guy gave me tour of the Off Road settings, navigation system, and Productivity Screen. This guy was very nice, to let me in his truck, when we only met for the first time about an hour earlier.

When the ride was over, it was the first time that I ever felt, while climbing back into my truck, that my Dodge Ram 2500 Power Wagon was just an ordinary pickup. I am in LOVE with the S.V.T. Raptor even more so now. I sure hope that Ford continues to make the S.V.T. Raptor for at least a few more years so that I can by a new 2013/2014 model. It is going to take some time to convince my wife!

Thank you Ford Motor Company, for having the guts to make such an awesome truck!!!

I hope to get another ride in an F-150 S.V.T. Raptor this Friday...on the dirt. This will be one of the very few times that I look forward to being a passenger, rather than the driver, while out four wheeling. I can not wait!

@ Buy American - cool. I'd love to trade places with you. I've had a chance to sit in a few on the car lot but the saleman wasn't willing to cough up the keys. I think it had something to do with my 9 year old saying " I wonder how high we can jump it?".

With the Ram 2500 Power Wagon and Ford F-150 S.V.T. Raptor available, G.M.C. should get off of their rears and produce the Sierra All Terrain HD, already.

The friendly competition would be a good thing.

This is heavy truck

i am so glad this internet thing works and your article really helped me.

i am so glad this internet thing works and your article really helped me.



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