Ford F-150 Raptor Supercrew With a Baja mode
Ford’s ‘Ecoboost’ tech is taking over everything in a big, shouty pick up. It’s a V6. A 3.5-litre V6, to be precise, with 411bhp and 434lb ft of torque. That makes it more powerful than the old Raptor’s V8, and it’s predictably more efficient too.
You can partly thank a 10-speed automatic gearbox for that latter statement. This is its first application, and even before driving it, we can strongly recommend leaving it in Drive. Imagine having to flick down to third gear for a roundabout from a 70mph cruise.
Its four-wheel-drive system is all-new, too, and it offers both the full benefits of an on-demand system with the option to lock it mechanically into AWD. It has six modes to choose from to cover all possible terrains. Our favourites are ‘Street’, for high performance driving, and the excellently named ‘Baja’, for what Ford calls “high-speed desert running”.
It’s body is made of “military-grade aluminum-alloy”, there are racing shock absorbers and a sports exhaust as standard, and a Torsen differential is available on the front axle. That’s the kind of thing we know better for pulling raucous front-drive hot hatches out of corners; here, it will drag you over particularly tricky obstacles.
V8 noise will probably be missed. But in a time of environmental pressures, Ford has found a way to make the high performance pick-up truck viable.