In a country with a gigantic population, extreme arcitechural designs, and one of the most popular markets for Ferrari, Rolls Royce, and Lamborghini in the world, it's difficult to stand out in a crowd.
According to The Detroit News, there is a growing number of wealthy Chinese buyers that see the big and wide, powerful and strong SVT Raptor as the easiest way to stand out from the very large crowds of other wealthy people driving more traditional exotic cars. Although not illegal to import models from other countries, there are many bureaucratic hoops to jump through and layer and layers of red tape to pay for. In fact, according to some auto experts in China, new Raptors are being bought for about four times what they cost here in the States, meaning $145,000. Even a used one was sold for $109,000.
We have no doubt the Ford SVT Raptor will stand out in a crowd, and we're sure that when you get into the more rural towns outside the big cities the huge rough-road capabilities will be a huge asset, but with narrower roads and tight city streets, the Raptor may not be the best choice for a daily driving. Then again, maybe that's not the point. Still, we don't care what country you live in, if you own a Raptor, you deserve all the attention your neighbors want give you. There's no denying the truck is cool.
For a long time, Hummers were the ultimate symbol of wealth and status in China, as the H1s were the most popular, but the later H2, H2 SUTs, and H3T pickups created a small fortune for importers to high-end gray-market outlets.
There's no word in either of these articles whether any of the local Chinese car companies are interested in partnering with Ford to produce a version of the Raptor in a life-size or 3/4-scale but it wouldn't surprise us if some photos of a proto-type Raptor-ette showed up in the near future. What's next? How about a Power Wagon Limo?