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Driving fast on the street or track is always a blast, and one heck of an adrenaline rush to boot. So what could be more intense than doing triple digit speeds on the street? How about doing triple digit speeds off-road, through the desert? Thanks to Ford’s venerable SVT department, you can now do both right off the showroom floor.
Meet the Ford F-150 SVT Raptor, an incredible on/off-road truck inspired by the vehicles that run the grueling Baja 1000. As we mentioned back in January, the F-150 Raptor was at the top of our list of vehicles to see at the Utah Auto Expo, a position that was well deserved.
So what is it that makes the SVT Raptor such an incredible machine? Where to start…
Well, there’s the stock 35” BF Goodrich All Terrain tires, and the 12” of clearance between the ground and the full underbody skid-plates. Then you have the 11.2 inches of front and 13.4 inches of rear suspension travel, courtesy of the first production vehicle usage of internal-bypass Fox Racing shocks (about $8k worth of shocks alone). Add to that an optional 6.2L V8 engine with 411 hp and 434 lb-ft of torque, 4-wheel drive with locking differentials, and some incredible SVT tuning and electronics, and you have a beast of a machine capable of doing 100 mph across terrain that would demolish virtually any other vehicle on earth.
Even better, you can tear through deserts at 100 mph while listening to your satellite radio and cranking the air conditioning, a feat no other truck can duplicate. And then, when the adrenaline fueled off-road insanity is finished, you can drop it back into 2×4 and cruise home in comfort and style.
The F-150 SVT Raptor is a one-of-a-kind, factory production, on/off-road truck that combines all of Ford’s best on-road creature comforts with their legendary off-road power and durability. It is just as at home in the suburbs as it is racing through Death Valley or the Baja peninsula…and you can have it all for about $40k. Not too shabby.
To get an idea of just what the Raptor can do, check out this video: