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Wednesday, December 23, 2009



Imagine yourself as a bank robber. Imagine, I said - don't actually.... ya know, rob a bank. We've all attempted to figure out the absolute best getaway vehicle for the post-robbery run to the cabin in the woods. Pre-teens assume Ferrari's 458 Italia and its ability to get up and go is most advantageous. Years bring with them intelligence. Red supercars are conspicuous. Disappearing into the scenery is rather useful, too. Rather than the 458 Italia, a black Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG could be useful.

Then again, to truly get away, you may need to travel to forsaken territories. How 'bout marrying that speed with pure go-anywhere dexterity? That'd be quite a combo. And a truck bed for the bounty wouldn't be the worst thing now, would it?

We're left with one truck, the Ford F-150 SVT Raptor. The Ford's front suspension has 11.2 inches of travel; the rear stretches about one inch further. Tow your trailer. Carry your dirt. Tow your trailer and carry your dirt up and over Mount Katahdin. Do so in style. SVT Raptors are seven inches wider than regular F-Series pickmeups, a dimension emphasized by side marker lights strung out on the Ford's temples. No other truck looks half as good as the SVT Raptor. No other truck can go half as many places as the Raptor. Ostensibly, that makes the Ford F-150 SVT Raptor about twice as good as any other truck.


Engines: 310/400; 365/400 from a 5.4L V8 and a 6.2L V8

Base USD Price: $38,995

Cargo Capacity: 55.5 cubic feet of exterior cargo volume

Maximum Towing Capability: 6,000 pounds

City Mileage: 14 mpg

Special Parts: BFGoodrich All-Terrain 315/70-17 tires, internal bypass shocks from Fox Racing Shox, functional hood extractors, Hill Descent Control, Off-Road Mode, 4.10:1 differential, and 13.8" front brake discs are only some of the unique-to-the-Raptor components found on every Ford F-150 SVT Raptor before options have been added.

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