2010 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor: Relocation Desired
August 17, 2010
How come every time I get near the Raptor, I hear Alfonso Arau saying, "Wilder? Joan Wilder?!!" Getting a truck for the night means an instant rewrite of the evening's script, with a Home Depot trip suddenly penciled in after some precipitous detours that require not just a 4X4 and a locking rear diff, but hill descent control. Trails you previously avoided due to sheer drops and sheer terror are now checked off during casual conversations with both feet untasked and idle on the floor mat. There's plenty of fireroad to crawl near the coast, but driving the Raptor 6.2 anywhere makes you long for more open unpaved spaces to unwind the Boss V8 and get some air beneath the drooping suspenders.
Even Pepe's well-recorded V8 honk from Romancing the Stone is present in our 6.2-liter version, courtesy of the exhaust unique to the larger mill. I attended the press launch for the Raptor, and though the standard 5.4-liter mill eventually gets the job done, the 6.2 makes it far more livable. It's still no rocket ship off the line, but once it builds up a head of steam and the brawny mill starts to rev, this version is pleasantly swift in a way the 5.4 just lacks. With day-to-day mpg a wash (if you can stay out of the cam -- good luck with that...), the 6.2-liter option is a no brainer, and likely the only one for 2011.
Still impressive is the Raptor's curvy road comportment, as the ultra-wide track, moon-rock shocks and X-Files tires let you hustle this off-road machine like few pavement-only trucks. The only thing I hate about the Raptor is how much I want one, or worse, how it makes me want to live where I need one.
Paul Seredynski, Executive Editor @ 4,670 miles