First Drive Review: 2010 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor
2010 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor - First Drive ReviewIt’s hard to imagine that a truck with the Raptor’s bulldog stance and purpose-built, high-speed off-road hardware could handle as well as it did when we drove on pavement.
The bottom line: The Raptor can do things we didn’t think were possible in a factory pickup. We don’t really know or care how it was given the OK by Ford’s attorneys. The fact is, it’s available now and it’s virtually perfect for the application for which it’s built. We’re just happy Ford’s legal eagles must like their Raptor as much as we do.
2010 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor First DriveRecalibrating our brains for the most radical pickup truck ever.
Although a fully loaded Raptor should top out near $50K, the package seems like a bargain, considering it is still drivable everyday, can tow 6000 pounds, and carries a factory warranty. And then there’s the off-road performance, which would require at least $20K in modifications on top of an F-150 FX4 ($36,065 base) to match. Ford says its Dearborn truck plant will be able to turn out up to 5000 or so Raptors annually and that there also will be plenty of performance accessories available in the near future. As it is, the Raptor is the most unique SVT-engineered vehicle next to the 550-hp Ford GT supercar, and that’s saying something. Maybe it’s time we define a new category of vehicle: the supertruck.
First Drive: 2010 Ford F-150 SVT RaptorIf Liking This Truck Is Wrong, We Don't Want To Be Right
First Impressions: Provides a staggering level of capability that doesn't make any compromises on pavement; a benchmark truck.
* 310-hp 5.4-liter V8
* SVT-tuned suspension
* Fox Racing Shox dampers
* 35-inch all-terrain BFGoodrich tires
Or you can justify the Raptor another way. Green is in, and the Raptor allows us to explore all those far-flung places we're preserving without needing to pave them first. Share this logic with the Prius weenie that's giving you the stink eye and watch his head explode.
.No Compromises, No Competition: What Do You Get When a Bunch of Hot Rod Guys Build an Offroad Racing Truck?
Then SVT chief engineer Jamal Hameedi studied what was hot and what was not at the annual SEMA aftermarket show. What he saw was a resurging trend among Southern California truck enthusiasts toward lifted full-size trucks and prerunners modeled after desert racers. So he issued a challenge to his SVT team: Build the baddest off-road truck ever offered by an OEM. They call it the 2010 F-150 SVT Raptor, and it's an unquestionable success.
The Raptor's electronic locking rear differential (E-locker) engages at all speeds, in any mode from 2HI to 4LO, with a simple pull of the drive-selector knob. Clicking the Raptor into Off-Road mode initiates a unique, higher-performance throttle map and shift schedule for the six-speed transmission. The result: more aggressive shifting with revs held longer and the flickability of a prerunner with the traction of a 4x4. Hill Descent Control, a Raptor exclusive, utilizes the ABS actuators and allows for slow-speed downhill crawling in forward and reverse, without ever touching the brake pedal.
With this level of capability at that price point, we'd have to agree with chief engineer Hameedi. He firmly believes the Raptor has no compromises and no competition.
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