Ford has a Performance division that does exactly what you’d expect from a performance decision: create go-fast vehicles, ranging from the Fiesta ST at about $21,000 to the ultra-exclusive $400,000-plus GT supercar.
In the mix, remarkably, is a pickup truck: the Raptor.
Makes sense. Ford Performance also sells stonkingly outfitted Mustangs, so why take a pass on kitting out what is the company’s bestselling vehicle, the F-150 pickup?
The Raptor is anything but an F-150 with a few exotics bells and whistles. It’s an F-150 that goes to 11 and then goes some more. It’s a pickup for adrenaline junkies, and I’ve always been curious about it, so when Ford said I could borrow a $62,500 test vehicle, I said, “Heck yeah!”
Mind you, I wasn’t going to be tackling sand dunes or rock-strewn trails with this loaner Raptor. So I had to devise different criteria. I already knew the Raptor could handle the worst. But how would it do in the suburbs?
The “Ingot Silver” Raptor landed at our suburban New Jersey test center on a lovely summer day.
The Raptor is an amped-up-looking truck. Bold, brash, and ready to bust out. There’s a 3.5-liter turbocharged V6 engine under the hood, cranking out 450 horsepower with 510 pound-feet of torque. This pickup can tow 8,000 lbs.
This 2017 model had four-wheel-drive and a “Supercab.” Ground clearance was impressive.