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Ford F-150 Raptor Review: Today’s road test is about the Ford F-150 4X4 SVT Raptor. Many magazines have raved about this truck, and I guess you have to be into the “mine is bigger than yours” thing, to appreciate it. Based on the F-150, but feeling so much larger, the Raptor is a Dearborn built off-road racer.

The SVT (Special Vehicle Team) put their mechanical effort into the suspension, Fox racing shocks front and rear, cast aluminum front lower control arms, special rear springs, increased suspension travel, and special wheels and tires. Add in the specific body mods including flared fenders, specific grille, hood air extractors, clearance lights, etc. and you have a vastly different F-150.

The Raptor, as its name implies, is ready to swoop down and shred its opposition. Under the hood is a standard 5.4-liter, 320 hp V8, or you can order the stump pulling, optional, 6.2-liter, 411 hp V8. The only transmission is a great shifting, 6-speed automatic.

Unlike many real off-road racers there is nothing Spartan about the Raptor’s interior. Although much inside is designed just for the Raptor, it is pretty plush. Ford says the Raptor seats five, but the three who sit in the rear seat better be small. The Raptor is one of those trucks with the rear opening quarter doors. Getting in or out of the Raptor necessitates the use of the standard running boards.

The forte of the Raptor is not highway cruising. The ride is stiff and bouncy. The exhaust is loud. And the fuel economy is slim, as I averaged about 12.5 mpg for the week with the 6.2-lite engine, and the only saving grace is that the tank holds 26 gallons of fuel.

I wanted to like the Raptor, really I did. Maybe I am too old to appreciate it, or maybe I am too frugal to tolerate the fuel economy. With the total MSRP price of $47,200 plus $975 for destination and delivery, the Raptor is not a vehicle for the kids who would really like to enjoy it.

The Raptor is aimed at a pretty narrow audience, but then again, with all of the jacked up pick ‘em ups trucks driving around today, who knows. Maybe if Ford used the Raptor design, with the big V8 in a 2WD version, like the Lightening, then I’d be interested.

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By Bruce Hotchkiss © AutoWire.Net - San Francisco

The Bottom Line: The 2010 Ford F-150 4X4 SVT Raptor is a fantastic purpose built vehicle aimed at the off road enthusiast who wants a truck that can dig in the dirt, soar thru the air and be an everyday driver too. And he wants his truck with a first class leather interior, a great sound system, and all the options of a luxury car. With a tall suspension, a hugh set of tires and a 400 plus horsepower 6.2 Liter big block motor, the SVT Raptor is the Ford Special Vehicle Team’s rendition of a real life Transformers off-road dream truck.

Bottom Line Review provided by: Tony Leopardo © AutoWire.Net

“Tony the Car Guy” is an automotive writer, editor and publisher in the San Francisco Bay Area. If you have a question or comment for Tony send it to or visit AutoWire.Net at

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Column Name: The Raptor is a Dearborn built off-road racer

Topic: The Ford F-150 4X4 SVT Raptor

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