December 1, 2012

10 Segments in 10 Days: Truck

Truck: Ford F-150 SVT Raptor
 

Base Price: $42, 975
As Driven: $53,575
Engine: 6.2L V8, 411hp
Transmission: 6 Speed Automatic
MPG Rating: 11 city/16 hwy

                There is no other truck that comes off the factory production line like an SVT Raptor.  It arrives with a stock 6.2L V8 that makes 411 horsepower.  The Raptor has upgraded suspension, tires, performance, styling, and the ability to do 100mph across open country for hours.  Buying any other truck and modifying it to the performance standards of the Raptor is financially irresponsible.   
 
This front end just begs to be run across open ground at 100mph.
The mileage is bad, so if you’re looking to pick up hippie chicks, I’d steer clear of this one (that pun is free; no charge).  The Raptor averages 11 miles per gallon in the city and 16 on the highway.  The Super Crew Raptor is not the most expensive F-150.  That honor falls to the Harley-Davidson truck based at $49,030.  Most Raptors are optioned up around $50,000.  Make sure you get the Carfax on any used Raptors since they all get driven hard. Gandalf would have been better off picking a Raptor to get the Ring back to Mordor than picking a couple of hobbits.  Then again the Raptor would have meant only one movie.
Even the shocks are ready to go racing.
This is my zombie apocalypse vehicle.  I’d put a shell on the back to help with supply storage space and then stay out in front of the hoard.  There is nothing in the world that can stop a Raptor at full throttle across open ground.  Except if you run out of gas…  I need to rethink this.  I wonder if Ford is contemplating an EcoBoost Raptor?
 

                Thank you to Gary Crossley Ford (www.garycrossleyford.com) for letting me take pictures of their Raptor.  They had three on the lot when I took the pictures, but I’d bet they’re gone now…

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