• 2013 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor on the rocks

  • 2013 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor side

  • 2013 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor side

  • 2013 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor rear

The Ford F-150 SVT Raptor has plenty of fans all around the world, but the desert-beating pickup is perhaps most popular where it can't be had at all: in China. The Detroit News reports gray market buyers in the Asian country are snapping up the trucks at the equivalent of $160,000, or nearly three times the MSRP here in the States. Analysts credit the boom to shifting consumer perceptions. Chinese buyers have typically view pickups as utilitarian tools instead of lifestyle purchases, but that's changing. The Detroit News reports buyers in China are showing more interest in specialty vehicles like the SVT Raptor.

Vehicles like those from General Motors' Hummer family laid the groundwork ten years ago, and when the Raptor bowed in 2010, Chinese enthusiasm for the truck exploded on the internet. Importers are so keen to demand for the pickups that they've imported too many – prices are just now beginning to fall from their lofty heights. China has no laws against importing vehicles, though prohibitive taxes discourage all but the nation's wealthiest individuals from shipping in foreign models.

I'm reporting this comment as:

Reported comments and users are reviewed by Autoblog staff 24 hours a day, seven days a week to determine whether they violate Community Guideline. Accounts are penalized for Community Guidelines violations and serious or repeated violations can lead to account termination.

    • 1 Second Ago
  • 2016 Ford F-150
    MSRP: $26,315 - $61,905
    2015 Ford F-150
    MSRP: $26,030 - $55,305
    2014 Ford F-150
    MSRP: $25,025 - $54,410
    2013 Ford F-150
    MSRP: $24,070 - $53,300
    2012 Ford F-150
    MSRP: $23,500 - $52,305
    Share This Photo X