2010 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor: Put Her In 4X4 Low
December 04, 2010
Last Friday my family and I spent the day in our long-term Ford Raptor. Literally. We left Santa Monica about noon and drove about 170 freeway miles north to the Oceano Dunes State Vehicular Recreation Area on California's central coast where you can drive on 1,500 acres of Earth including endless open sand dunes and several miles of beach (yes you can skim the waves if you dare).
As soon as we got there we put the Raptor in 4x4 Low (just turn the knob on the dash) and used it as God and Ford's engineers intended for nearly two hours. Then, after the sun set over the Pacific, we hit the superslab and drove home.
Those 8 hours behind the wheel have convinced me that this is the absolute coolest pickup truck ever made, dethroning Dodge's 'Lil Red Express of 1979.
The Raptor is extremely comfortable on the highway and it could not be easier to drive in the dunes. I had the wife and kids with me so jumping the Raptor was off the menu, but we did put its front skid plate and its drivetrain to the test. Especially its engine. With the short gearing of 4x4 Low and the need to climb those hills, the Raptor burned nearly half a tank of fuel in two hours and less than 25 miles of actual driving. I had that 6.2-liter V8 perpetually riding the top of the tach. It sounded awesome and performed flawlessly, with the air conditioning on by the way (gotta keep the Mrs. comfortable).
I even left the tires at spec which is 44 psi. No air down needed. I should also mention that my fellow 4x4 enthusiasts were breaking their necks looking at the Raptor. In fact, in one of the photos below you can see the guy on the quad checking it out.
By the way, sorry there's no video of the truck in action, but it's hard to film yourself and drive at the same time.
Great day. Great truck. The Raptor and I will be back.
Scott Oldham, Editor in Chief