2010 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor

2010 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor

While the new 6.2-liter engine doesn't feel significantly faster than the 5.4-liter V-8 in the Ford F-150 Raptor, it offers a substantial improvement in drivability. Specifically, the six-speed transmission is much more confident in selecting cogs and accelerating from the current gear. The result is less frenetic and less frequent shifting. Whether that's worth the $3000 premium is debatable, but I imagine buyers won't have to make that decision for long. The 5.4-liter is likely to make an exit as it's squeezed by the turbocharged 3.5-liter V-6 from below and the 6.2-liter V-8 from above. On most paved roads, the Raptor rides comfortably. However, hitting a transverse bump while in a turn causes the rear end to shimmy and squirm. The loft-like ride height is also a reminder that the Raptor is more than just an image-builder. It's a bona fide off-roader, complete with the requisite compromises.
- Eric Tingwall, Assistant Editor

JohntheDrummer
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?
JayDubs
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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