2010 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor: Get Smart
April 05, 2011
Today we brought an electric Smart car to the test track. Like all electric cars we test, we had to tow it out to Auto Club Speedway in Fontana so it would arrive ready to go with a full battery.
Our 2010 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor got the call. It can tow but 6,000 pounds, but that's more than enough with a Smart that weighs about 2,100 pounds and a trailer that can't be more than 1,500.
The 6,000 pound limit is not the fault of the 6.2-liter engine, which is rated to tow over 10,000 pounds in an F-150 Harley Davidson. No, the lowish tow limit here is the fault of the Raptor's long travel suspension, which is tuned softer to better absorb the whoop-de-doos that are common out in the desert.
In back that means much more linear leaf springs, which is another way of saying the rear springs have a much smaller "helper" leaf than a truck with a high payload would have. Less helper equals better off-road performance but also less payload and less ability to cope with high trailer tongue weight.
Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing @ 19,876 miles