2010 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor Long Term Road Test


2010 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor: Track Tested

August 06, 2010

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Break-in's done. The 411-horsepower 6.2-liter V8 was ready, so we took our long-term Ford F-150 SVT Raptor to the track.

We know this thing's made for the desert and other off-road escapades, but how is it when faced with pavement?

Follow the jump for numbers and a video!

Vehicle: 2010 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor 6.2-Liter
Odometer: 3,101
Date: 6/8/2010
Driver: Chris Walton
Base MSRP (with destination): $38,995
Options on Test Vehicle: 6.2-liter V8 engine ($3,000 -- includes LT315/70R17 tires and 4.10 electronically-locking rear axle); Rearview camera ($450); Tailgate Step ($375); Bed Extender ($250); Trailer brake controller ($230).

Price as Tested: $43,400

Specifications:
Drive Type: Four-wheel drive
Transmission Type: 6-speed automatic with tow-haul and off-road modes
Engine Type: Naturally-aspirated, port-injected V8
Displacement (cc/cu-in): 6,210/379
Redline (rpm): 6,000
Horsepower (hp @ rpm): 411 @ 5,500
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm): 434 @ 4,500
Brake Type (front): 13.8-inch ventilated cast-iron discs with 2-piston sliding calipers
Brake Type (rear): 13.7-in ventilated cast-iron discs with single-piston sliding calipers
Steering System: Hydraulic-assist, speed-proportional, rack-and-pinion power steering
Suspension Type (front): Independent double-wishbones, coil-over springs, triple-bypass dampers, stabilizer bar
Suspension Type (rear): Solid live axle, leaf springs, triple-bypass dampers with remote reservoir
Tire Size (front & rear): LT315/70R17 118S (44 psi cold spec)
Tire Brand: BF Goodrich
Tire Model: All-Terrain T/A KO
Tire Type: All-terrain, all-season, off-road performance
Wheel Size (front & rear): 17-by-8.5-inches
Wheel Material (front/rear): Painted alloy
Curb Weight, mfr claim (lb): 6,006

Curb Weight as tested: 6,080

Test Results:
0 - 30 (sec): 2.8
0 - 45 (sec): 4.8
0 - 60 (sec): 7.2
0 - 75 (sec): 10.7
1/4 Mile (sec @ mph): 15.3 @ 91.4
0-60 with 1-ft Rollout (sec): 6.8
30 - 0 (ft): 36
60 - 0 (ft): 142
Braking Rating: Average
Db @ Idle: 44.9
Db @ Full Throttle: 76.8
Db @ 70 mph Cruise: 71.2

Acceleration Comments: Wheelspin is the enemy, hence quicker run with trac on. Didn't try a launch in 4WD. (The 4WD system here isn't made for on-road use and doesn't have a center-differential. The owner's manual says that it's not made for on-road use, though it may produce a faster time, it's against our protocol.)

Braking Comments: Lots of dive but always true. No sense in going beyond 2nd stop (that was 9 feet longer than the 1st!)

(Note * We didn't redo the skidpad and slalom tests this time around. Our reasoning is simple: When a vehicle weighs over 6,000 pounds, as the F-150 SVT Raptor 6.2 does, there's not a heckuva lot to be learned from these handling tests. We reasoned that the 6.2 Raptor would not improve significantly on the 0.70g skidpad and 55.5-mph slalom numbers recorded in our 5.4 Raptor test vehicle. Moreover, repeating the exercise would have trashed another set of the Raptor's expensive BF Goodrich off-road tires, and given the anticipated negligible difference in the numbers, this collateral damage didn't seem justified. -- IL Track Tested 6.2 Raptor)

Mike Magrath, Associate Editor, Inside Line

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