Sixty miles per hour on a muddy, bumpy dirt road? No problem. Just remember to select four-wheel-drive high, lock the differential, and turn up the radio so that the sound of rocks pinging against your skidplates doesn't drown out NPR.
The new 6.2-liter V-8 cures the one chink in the Raptor's decal-covered armor. You still won't win a drag race against a Hemi-powered Ram 1500, but that's no matter. The story with this truck was never its engine. All the Raptor needed was a bit more passing power on the road and a bit more climbing power in the rocks. Check and check.
I've yet to see a Raptor in the hands of a private owner, so I'm guessing it won't be a huge volume seller. Nevertheless, I feel like Ford has caught lighting in a bottle (not Lightning) with this truck. It's a very cool concept and now, thanks to its new engine, is nearly perfect in its execution.
- David Zenlea, Assistant Editor