Thursday, April 1, 2010
2010 NYIAS: Ford F150 SVT Raptor!
Why were these oversize reptiles not upstairs? My guess is that these two Raptors are too heavy for the 3rd floor of the Jacob Javits Center. When you walk up to one of these it's more like approaching a T-rex than a Raptor. It's basically an F150 on the biggest dose of steroids you could ever imagine.
Currently, the Raptor is only available with a 5.4 liter V8 engine there is a 6.2 liter version on the way that puts out 411 hp and 434 lb.-ft. of torque. Ford says the truck is built for off-road rallying so its tow capabilities are not excellent but it will have no trouble towing a small 4-wheeler.
Models start just under $40k and figures can get up to almost $60k fully loaded. There is a splatter decal package you can get for just under $1000 which almost seems necessary and it's available with navigation in case you get lost racing through the sand dunes in California.
The truck is available in orange, black, white, and blue but I'd go for the orange.
From the side, it looks like the truck is equipped with suicide doors for the back seats, but it's not and there is not much room for sitting behind the driver and passenger, but screw the kids anyway right?
The interior is wrapped in graphite colored leather with seats and door cards to match the exterior color and while the interior design looks clean and premium, it's mostly gray plastic. In fact there is entirely too much gray plastic everywhere you look on this truck which does look utilitarian but it's not priced utilitarian.
Whether you like it or not, the SVT Raptor is badass. The fact that Ford went ahead with it is impressive and scary at the same time because who is in the market for buying an outlandish truck made for hitting jumps for $40-60k? I sure wish I was.
~M/o "Stay up to Speed"