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
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