• Nov 14th 2008 at 1:22PM
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Click above for a high-res gallery of the 2010 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor

The recently-introduced Ford F-150 SVT Raptor seems to elicit emotional responses that range from "What's the point?" to "I need one NOW!" Opinions aside, the fact is that the SVT Raptor is one highly capable truck. We were able to get a ride in the passenger seat of one in the Nevada desert outside Las Vegas, and can attest to its ability to handle everything thrown at it. The beefy suspension upgrades and BFGoodrich All-Terrain TA/KO tires make the Raptor the best off-roading production truck ever built. Period. The guys at SVT weren't shy about exploiting this, and seemed to especially love kicking up as much dirt as possible (we're still cleaning all the dust out of our cameras). Ford recently posted some beautiful new photos of the Raptor doing just that, which we've added to the high-res gallery below. Enjoy!

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      • 6 Years Ago
      You don't want to know what Ford is going to charge you the trucks owner to replace some of those fancy swanky parts that truck has. Knowing Ford they have made changes to the truck, making it difficult for the aftermarket to warrant making replacement parts for it. Think TRX wheels and tires on mid eighties Ford Escorts and Mustangs and you know what I mean.
      • 6 Years Ago

      As far as BEST off-road capability versus a Ram, Im sure the response will depend on who you ask. If you ask the rock crawling community, they will tell you that the Power Wagon is the most capable, due to the preference of solid front and rear axles (with lockers) in rock crawling, for better articulation and better reliability versus IFS. If you ask the desert prerunner crowd, they will lean towards the IFS because of its ability to absorb bumps on each front corner individually without upsetting the ride of the truck and the lower unsprung weight that IFS has versus the solid front axle. So I do agree that this is the most capable offroad truck for desert prerunning, but I highly doubt it should be anywhere near the Rubicon Trail.
      • 6 Years Ago
      So how does this compare to the "stock" Rams used in the Ram Challenge series being presented by Dodge? So far all I've seen of the Ford is it kicking up some dirt. This is by no means a slam on the Raptor, I'm just asking is all :)
        • 6 Years Ago
        I don't think I said what i wanted to correctly, so I'll try again. How does this "Special Edition" Ford compare to a "stock" every day Ram?
        Again I'm not slamming the Raptor, if I couldn't buy a Ram this is what I'd want and only this version of the F-150.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Normal pickups are for carrying stuff (and not getting stuck doing so). This Raptor isn't for carrying stuff.
        • 6 Years Ago
        It's got a much heavier-duty suspension, bigger rolling stock, and more juice underhood.

        This article from Inside Line has all the deets you need.

        • 6 Years Ago
        The difference is control.

        The dodge uses springs to survive the bumpy stuff, where the Raptor relies on shock dampening and wheel travel. The end result is where the Raptor is cruising happily in the desert, the Dodge is bouncing all over the place. They are probably fairly comparable when it comes to off road capability, but the Raptor will get you there a lot faster and smoothly.
        • 6 Years Ago
        The images were photoshopped by the same guys who did the job for the Iranian missile test. Pathetic.
        • 6 Years Ago
        How does it differ from a Ram 1500 TRX? Didn't have time to read the press release? If you're a 4x4 truck guy, you'd appreciate what the Raptor is offering:

        Raptor had an electronic locking rear differential for max side-to-side traction (and it works in 2Hi, 4Hi and 4Lo) vs Ram's weak clutch-plate LSD. Advantage Raptor

        Raptor has 11" and 13.4" of front and rear suspension travel respectively vs. Ram's approximate 8" and 10". This gives Raptor the ability to soak up rough terrain at high speeds as well as the articulation to climb over the really rocky stuff if you like rock crawling or extreme trails. Advantage Raptor.

        Raptor has almost 35" tires on 17" rims for tons of sidewall and extra axle ground clearance vs. Ram's 32" tires. Advantage Raptor

        Raptor has 4 tow hooks (2 front and 2 rear) vs Rams 2 tow hooks in the front. Advantage Raptor.

        Raptor has a first-gear crawl ratio of 45 vs the Ram's 33 for excellent hill decent, and slow&controlled climbs over obstacles. Advantage Raptor.

        Raptor has long travel external bypass reservoir FOX shock for extreme fade resistance and wheel control over rough terrain beating any twintube Ram has. Advantage Raptor

        Raptor has off-road tuned mode of ABS, Traction/stability control, transmission shift scheduling, and throttle mapping (including the ability to turn those stability nanny's off) for proper off-road performance and control vs. Ram's traditional system and single throttle mapping and shift scheduling. Advantage Raptor.

        Raptor has a specially designed front bumper with an over-wrapping front skidplate (and without the typical front spoiler that kills approach angle). Combine that with the raised ride-height means the Raptor has a much better approach angle of 30 deg (from FourWheeler) than the Ram's meager 20 deg. Advantage Raptor.

        Raptor's ground clearance is 11.2" (from FourWheeler) vs. Ram's clearance of 7.7"

        Raptor is obviously an off-road truck for off-road enthusiasts. If that's what you want, Raptor is leaps and bounds beyond a Ram TRX or any other half-ton out there.
        • 6 Years Ago
        One is a basic 1500 pickup, the other is a lifted pre-runner with full race-ready long travel suspension.

        Take your ram, add about $15k of aftermarket pre-runner parts, another 5k in engine mods, then you compete against the raptor...

        and I am also a Ram man. The Raptor is SWEET.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I congratulate Ford for creating products like this. yeah the grill has to go. Stop comparing Ram with this Raptor, this truck is obviously for a different purpose. I want to see any other truck jump as high as this truck does. I am sure all of them would end up with a broken suspension. people don't really use their trucks for fun like we do with a sports car, and having a truck that could give you lots of fun off road is awesome.
        • 6 Years Ago
        finc...sure, they show them doing jumps. But would it be able to handle the same jumps at the sames speeds like the Raptor? I mean, I can jump my Regal (and have done so a couple times).

        If it came to stuff like sand dunes or just running desert trails, I would probably trust this over the 09 Ram (which I think is a good truck).
      • 6 Years Ago
      Usually I don't like big trucks and SUVs but this is awesome, looks like real fun :)
      • 6 Years Ago
      At first I bashed it, but now I don't think it looks too bad.

      1 question, though... Can I get a different grille.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Thank god I'm not the only one. Cool truck, but that's the stupidest grill I've seen in a long, long time. It's as tacky as those people who get cursive white lettering for their windshields that say stuff like "Camaro" or "Gran Am".
      • 6 Years Ago
      I would like to know what sorts of cameras and lenses you use for your pictures!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Love the grill.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I love this truck.
      • 6 Years Ago
      So I guess a manual transmission for the F-150 has finally gone extinct???

      That really sucks, cause I'd totally get this truck if it had a manual transmission. I truely hate automatics, I can't stand them one bit. For me, they just take the fun out of driving.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Yea, it's a sad day when you can't get an F150 in stick anymore.
        • 6 Years Ago

        Maybe they'll hear our pleas and hook us up.
        (Not likely...)
      • 6 Years Ago
      Cool variant for a good product.

      It reminds me somewhat of the Dodge Ram Power Wagons made for off-roading on the last generation model.

      Too bad we're not going to see an SVT Fusion anytime soon.
        • 6 Years Ago
        At least SVT is still alive. Remember a while back of the rumors of SVT getting cut?
      • 6 Years Ago
      What the hell is wrong with FORD. making a nice truck like that!!!!Nice grill. WTF FORD..someone is gonna get fired for this..
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