2013 F-150 SVT Raptor0
The 2013 Ford 150 SVT Raptors engine sounds like the rumbling growl of a blood thirsty t-rex. You can’t help but feel intimidated. It has that “yeah, I’m up to no good” grin smeared across its face complete with bold lettering across its grille. Upon approach I can actually feel my heart racing but I’m unsure if that’s from excitement or from fear of being consumed whole by this monster truck.
Climbing inside instantly calmed these fears. I actually felt safe and comfortable- a masculine protective environment, you know, if you’re a chick. Three cab configurations are available- regular cab, super cab and the 4-door super crew cab. Although it lacks the plethora of tech goodies found in its work site driven brethren F150, you’ll still find inviting front bucket seats, a split- folding rear seatback, navigation, a reverse sensing system, an iPod/USB interface and an auxiliary audio jack. Options include a remote start system, dual-zone automatic climate control and a fully-flat load floor for added utility.
Pleased with its interior I’m ready to hit the trails. I’m just as satisfied with its off-road abilities. The Raptor climbs over rough terrain with ease thanks to its all-terrain tires and high-performance suspension. Driving on pavement around town proves to be tricky because of its wide body and higher ride height.
This barbarian also boasts a 6.2-liter 411 hp V8 mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. It delivers a mighty 434 lb-ft of torque that’s yet to be matched by any other engine in its class and offers a tow-rating of 11,300-lbs. Unfortunately you can’t have the best of everything as fuel economy is estimated at a measly 11 city, 16 highway. With that in mind and a price tag starting at just over $44,000, it’s aimed at buyers with deep pockets.
In 2014 Ford will offer a compelling combination between the Shelby Mustang and the Raptor, two of my favorites. This special edition is said to appeal to those who crave even greater power. Shelby mounted a 2.9-liter supercharger to the Raptors V8, increasing its output to 575 horsepower. Opting for the Shelby edition will set you back another 18 grand. It’s well worth the wait but consumers will have to act fast as Ford only plans to produce 500 of these 3-ton super beasts per year.
Build quality, strong V8, off road talent
Poor fuel economy; poor on pavement handling