2010 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor

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

Boat anchor?!? Obviously you have not driven one or do not know how to properly use all the features the Raptor offers, like off-road mode or how to disable the traction control or roll stability control. No other manufacturer out there offers the likes of the Raptor. I have driven my 5.4 on sand dunes (Silver Lake Sand Dunes) and there was not a dune I could not easily climb, while I saw others struggle to even get close to the top. Maybe you should do some real research before commenting or perhaps find another job?
A "boat anchor of an engine"? Come now Phil. Have you actually driven a 5.4 Raptor in its element? Or are you just assuming? Because I have, and while certainly more is better, the 5.4 Raptor is every bit as capable as the 6.2 in almost all situations; I think you'll be hard pressed to find an owner of either that would dispute that. And in any case, I doubt you'll find anyone with actual behind the wheel experience that would call it a boat anchor.

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