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F-150 RAPTOR
2020 FORD F-150 RAPTOR

Wheelbase: 146 in.
Length: 231.9 in.
Width: 96.8 in.
Height: 78.5 in.

Engine: 3.5-liter high output EcoBoost V6
(450 hp, 510 lbs.-ft.)

Transmission: 10-speed automatic
Fuel economy: 15 city, 18 highway
The breadth of the pickup truck market never
stops surprising me. There are stripped-down trucks
for the job site. There are obscenely priced, leatherfilled luxury trucks for looking classy and riding in
comtfort. There are heavy-duty trucks designed for
towing and hauling.
But perhaps the king of them all — and certainly
the most exciting pickup I’ve ever driven — is this
one, the Ford F-150 Raptor.
There are plenty of exciting off-road trucks that
do a spectacular job of traversing trails with their
lifted suspensions, armored underbellies, fourwheeltraction-control wizardry and Kevlar tires. That’s not
what the Raptor is about, though.
The Raptor is designed not just for off-roading,
but doing so at stupid-fast speeds.
Other trucks crawl over rocks. This one
obliterates them.
I just spend a week driving Ford’s desert-blasting
masterpiece, and even though there are no changes
for 2020, it remains the same jaw-dropper it’s always
been.
The latest iteration of the Raptor is powered
by an enigmatic engine: a V6 with just 3.5 liters
of displacement. By ordinary truck standards,

that’s small. By performance- truck standards, it’s
shockingly tiny.
A turbocharger provides enough boost, though, to
push its output to 450 horsepower and 510 poundfeet of torque. While part of me misses the older
Raptors’ V8 grunt, the wailing sounds and impressive
numbers make the current iteration even better than
the old V8s.
Driving it is a hoot, even on city streets. It has
enough power to roar away from stoplights like a
muscle car, with an angry exhaust sound to match.
What sets the Raptor apart from every other
pickup for sale today isn’t the power. It’s the
suspension.
The Raptor uses Fox-brand racing shocks that
make it perform, more or less, like the monster
trucks that barrel through the Mexican desert every
year in the Baja 1000. It feels almost magical to drive
through a cow pasture at 60 mph, something that
would be painful and damaging to most trucks, while
the body seemingly floats on a cushion of air, isolated
and almost serene.
In reality, it’s science, not magic, that makes it
behave this way.
The racing-style shocks are built to transfer huge

amounts of energy between the heavy truck and the
rough terrain over which it blasts. They use intense
gas pressure and continuously variable compression
to help the pickup glide over otherwise inhospitable
paths, along with sensors and electronic adjustment
that helps it react to the changing terrain.
It looks the part, too, with a menacing face and
wide stance. Other trucks try to mimic its bad-boy
look, but the Raptor’s appearance is purposeful.
Other than the wild graphic prints that are optional
on the body, the visual features that make it look
so mean and imposing are functional, not just
decoration.
Its Recaro sport seats aren’t there for style. They
pin you in place for Baja-style driving.
The same thing applies to its wheel arches, which
are carved out to allow maximum space for the
insane amount of motion its wheels can embark on
over rough roads.
From both a style and engineering perspective, it’s
a remarkable machine. No other factory-built truck
does what a Raptor can do.
What are the downsides?
For one, it’s kind of silly. No one needs to drive
through deserts and fields at freeway speeds, which

is the entire premise of the Raptor. It’s thoroughly
illogical, which could also be an advantage
depending on how you see the world.
And, no surprise for a 450-horsepower truck, fuel
economy is terrible. It’s rated for 15 mpg on the city
and 18 on the highway.
It’s also pricey, starting at $53,455 before you add
any options. My Raptor SuperCrew tester rang up
at nearly $75,000, or almost enough to buy three
basetrim F-150s.
For people with the means and a sense of
adventure, though, the Raptor remains the most
thrilling factory built pickup truck on the planet.

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