Test Drive: 2010 Ford F150 Raptor

If you’re the kind of guy who’s always dreamed of owning a pick-up truck, then we’re pretty sure this is the truck of your dreams. Not only can it do the job of a pick-up but also it looks damn good doing it and it can handle any terrain and any weather. It’s hard not to notice this truck on the road. Bold, brash and in your face, we took the F-150 Raptor for a spin -- on all kinds of terrain. What more could you want? In this video, WatchMojo.com flexes our muscle for a week behind the wheel of the 2010 Ford F150 Raptor.
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Design


The style and look of this truck is, definitely, the first thing you notice. Bright red/orange, the Raptor is meant to look brash and in-your-face. Decals across the bed and a large, black front grille with Ford written across as well as black grills adorn the hood to give the truck a tuner, modified look that sets it apart from other F-150s on the road; as well it should. The Ford F-150 Raptor is part of Ford’s SVT, Special Vehicle Team, and so it needs to stand out from the pack -- which it most certainly does!

With raised FOX Racing Shox suspension, the F-150 Raptor sits higher than most F-150 pick-ups and that gives the driver a great advantage on all types of terrain. For off-roading the suspension ensures the undercarriage is safe, and it also gives the driver fantastic visibility to see the hazards ahead and all around.

Inside the cool, modified motif continues. Red and black inlaid seats bring a sense of “race” to the truck, as does the racing stripe on the steering column so you’re sure you know where “straight” is when you’re turning the wheel like mad on the twisties.

Ford created the F-150 Raptor to really be an all around, all-purpose truck. It’s as much a hauler and puller as it is a looker and show-stopper.

Drive


Driving the Ford F-150 Raptor definitely gets some looks. Not only does it look bright, it’s also quite loud. The exhaust note is much deeper and louder than a standard F-150, and that’s probably thanks to the Ford Triton V8 engine that pushes out 320 horsepower and 390 lb-ft. of torque -- and with a truck, the torque is the important part. Because this is an F-150 it’s not meant to tow the most in the Ford truck lineup, but this number can tow up to 6,000 lbs which is significant enough to get most jobs done.

Handling on the F-150 Raptor is great for a pick-up. Normally, trucks feel a bit floaty and as a driver you can feel very removed from the wheels and the steering. However, the F-150 Raptor is precise and really handles well. When you turn the steering wheel the truck responds and it feels tight in the corners and not all long and flimsy. The AWD also means that no matter where you take the Raptor it’s going to be able to handle it. Ideal for camping and off-roading, the Raptor is made for a young, adventurous workman who’s not only interested in a truck that can get the job done, but one that looks damn good doing it too.
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