You just have to take a look at the exterior of the 2010 Ford F-150 STV Raptor to know it is one mean fighting machine. The black splattered paint on the rear and the huge Ford logo across the front grille tells you this pickup truck means business. It lives up to its looks while giving vicious off-road performance that’s barely beaten by its class. Whether it’s gravel, sand, or dirt, the Raptor seems to take every terrain in its stride.
The base model has the same 24 valve 5.4-liter V-8 found in the standard F-150 pickup on which the SVT Raptor is based. It also has a six-speed automatic transmission and is good for 320 horsepower and 390 pound-feet of torque. Another version is just hitting showrooms now and comes complete with a more aggressive 16 valve 6.2-liter V-8 with 411 horsepower on tap.
The F-150 STV Raptor’s off-road mode switches off the anti-lock braking control as well as changing the programming of the braking system. This element allows the truck to have more wheel lock and reduces pedal flutter. It also lets the truck hold gear ratios at a higher range, resulting in better driver control.
A good deal of modification went into the chassis and suspension to improve the vehicle over the standard F-150. For example, there is 13.4 inches of usable travel in the rear suspension and 11.2 in the front. The Goodrich all-terrain tires are mounted on 17 inch alloys and are designed for both off-road and street use. Other features include Ford’s Trailer Sway Control, Hill Decent Control, and Electronic Locking Differential. A newly developed open valve fuel injection system also helps to improve fuel economy while boosting horsepower.
The Raptor is priced from $38,995 including delivery, and you can get additional features if you’re willing to pay extra for them. If you opt for the luxury package, which gives you 10 way adjustable leather seats among other items, you will expect to pay $1,995 more for the privilege. Orange mesh trim and orange seat inserts will set you back an extra $395.
Overall, this latest version of the Ford F-150 Raptor is a good buy, for off-road and street driving.