Forget Ford's $100,000 Luxury Pickup Truck and Check Out This Wild Beast

Forget Ford's (F) fancy new $100,000 pickup truck. 

Ford's (F) new Raptor pickup truck is a damn beast. Not only were we able to blow the doors off a few sports cars on the highway during our test drives, but we easily ate up potholes, speed-bumps and the dirt on a trail we briefly hit. There is no denying if we were to put the Raptor to more serious tests, such as going 100 mph over sand or 75 mph through a rocky stream, it would perform quite well. The Raptor wants to eat things up, that much we came away with after spending a few days behind the wheel.

That voracious appetite is derived from what's under the Raptor's hood. A 3.5 litre twin turbo V-6 engine makes an insane (for a mid-size pickup truck) 450 horsepower and 510 lb-ft of torque. The setup launches the Raptor from 0 to 60 mph in 5.1 seconds, which is nothing to scoff at seeing as the truck weighs a hefty 5,700 pounds. Even with the twin turbo, however, we felt as if the Raptor was a touch under-powered. This beast felt like it wanted to go faster off the line but couldn't because of its weight. Perhaps 500 horsepower would do the trick.

As for everything else, the Raptor earns high marks. It's appearance nicely fits its name, with murdered out badges, bumpers and front grille. Kudos to Ford for not slapping a tiny blue oval logo on the front-end -- it wouldn't have felt right on the mean-looking truck. Despite the massive tires, and the fact the Raptor is a pickup truck, we found the ride to be extremely quiet -- quieter than most SUVs, in fact.

The Raptor's interior is standard Ford pickup truck. Everything from cup-holders and center console to gear shifter is supersized for those 6 foot 5 men buying the truck. We would have appreciated some Raptor badges in the interior, but all in all it was super roomy with soft leather seats and various tech bells and whistles. Yes, there are heated seats, outlets to quickly plug in a laptop and three drive modes to turn up -- or down -- the truck's performance.

For only $63,000 as tested, the Raptor just makes sense even if it also eats up gas (we averaged 14 mpg).

The Raptor is insane...

...but so is the Dodge Demon from Fiat Chrysler (FCAU)

 

 
 

The Raptor even looks mean from far away.
The Raptor even looks mean from far away.

No blue Ford oval here -- just an extra large Ford one all "murdered out." (all black for you non car folks)
No blue Ford oval here -- just an extra large Ford one all "murdered out." (all black for you non car folks)

After staring at the grille for a while, it does have a certain Raptor-like look.
After staring at the grille for a while, it does have a certain Raptor-like look.

The mean extends to the rear-end.
The mean extends to the rear-end.

Obviously, you get a massive badge that says "Raptor" because why not.
Obviously, you get a massive badge that says "Raptor" because why not.

Yes, the Raptor could also haul all that wood to your job site.
Yes, the Raptor could also haul all that wood to your job site.

Special Raptor shocks give the truck a bounce in its step. Flip into "baja" mode, and the car will want to climb sand dunes doing 100 mph.
Special Raptor shocks give the truck a bounce in its step. Flip into "baja" mode, and the car will want to climb sand dunes doing 100 mph.

A luxurious interior awaits the driver.
A luxurious interior awaits the driver.

While luxurious, the Raptor could also fit all your truck-loving friends.
While luxurious, the Raptor could also fit all your truck-loving friends.

Everything is supersized in the Raptor. We found the Raptor ridiculously spacious and tech rich, thanks to Ford's Sync infotainment system.
Everything is supersized in the Raptor. We found the Raptor ridiculously spacious and tech rich, thanks to Ford's Sync infotainment system.

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