Ford F-150 Raptor R 4×4 SuperCrew
“A Plush Off-Road Hauler with Attitude”
By Arv Voss
When reviewing the Ford Bronco Raptor recently, we referenced it as being a cross between Jurassic Park and the bucking bronco Old West. If that was truly the case, then the Ford F-150 Raptor R SuiperCrew qualifies for the Jurassic World title with the same heart and soul, but with heightened utility.
Raptors are considered predators and the F-150 Raptor R fills the bill with outstanding credentials. Instead of a Velociraptor it is more on the order of a T-Rex. It comes in the form of a four door, five passenger Super Crew Cab pickup with a 145-inch plus wheelbase and a 5.5-foot bed. It rides on oversized beadlocked rubber mounted on alloy wheels and its power source is awesome.
My test T-Rex (sorry, I mean F-150 Raptor R) began with a base sticker of $75, 775. But wait, there’s more – add $31,575 for Equipment Group 802A, $2,195 for the Moonroof and Power tailgate, $595 for the spray-in bedliner and $1,795 for the Destination and Delivery fee and you wind up with a $111,935. Price tag before tax and license.
The exterior sported an Azure Gray metallic finish with the Raptor R graphics, while the cabin was finished off in Recaro Black leather and a carbon fiber trim treatment.
Powering this beast of burden is a 5.2-liter supercharged and intercooled DOHC, 32-valve V8 with port fuel injection. Horsepower is 700 at 6,650 rpm and the torque rating is 640 lb-ft at 4,250. Motive force reaches the traveled surface, be it sand, mud or pavement, via an electronic 10-speed automatic transmission which may be routed to all four wheels.
Fuel economy is10 mpg city, 15 mpg highway and 12 mpg combined. 0-60 mph can be clicked off in 3.6 seconds – not bad for a truck that tips the scale at more than 6,000 pounds.
CABIN COMFORT AND CONVENIENCE:
The Ford F-150 Raptor R come with similar amenities to other high trim level F-150sn such as: a 12-inch productivity screen, 2nd row heated seats, dual control A/C, compass, illuminated entry, leather-wrapped steering wheel, adjustable power pedals with memory, power locks and windows, tilt-telescopic steering wheel with audio. Extras include Raptor branded floor mats and a unique center stack.
“Techie” stuff includes: FordPass Connect 4G Wi-Fi and hotspot telematics, pre-collision assist with AEB, Reverse sensing and rear view camera, Sync®4 with EVR and 12” screen, terrain management system,. Trail control and a wireless charging pad. Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are included as well
Skid plates and Fox live valve shocks enhance off-road experiences.
The Ford F-150 Raptor showcases a seriously bold and brawny form that touts its intended purpose. It’s may not be sleek or sexy, but its functionality and rugged persona are alluring.
A limited warranty covers three years or 36,000 miles and the powertrain warranty covers five years or 60,000 miles with Roadside Assist.
OUR FINAL TAKE:
Bottom line, the Ford F-150 Raptor Raptor was designed and constructed to compete formidably in off-road prowess, and it does that incredibly well rising to virtually every challenge that is thrown its way. It actually seems smoother off-road than on. It adds the functionality of hauling cargo loads as well.
If you’re a truck person and need useful versatility but enjoy off-road fun and adventure, the Ford F-150 Raptor R SuperCrew 4×4 pickup is an awesome choice, though it’s price tag is unquestionably on the lofty side of most budgets.
SPECIFICATIONS: Ford F-150 Raptor R 4×4 SuperCrew
Base Price: $75,775.
Price as Tested: $111.935.
Engine Type and Size: 5.2-liter Supercharged and intercooled DOHC, 32-valve V-8 with port fuel injection.
Horsepower (bhp): 700 @ 6,650 rpm
Torque (ft./ lbs.): 640 @ 4,250 rpm
Transmission: Electronic 10-speed automatic with Tow Mode:
Drive Train: Longitudinally mounted front engine / 4×4
Suspension: Front – Control arms
Rear – Live axle
Brakes: Power-assisted four-wheel vented discs
Tires: BF Goodrich All-Terrain T/A KO2 37×12.5 R-17 16S M+S beadlocked tires mounted on 6-“Y”-spoke black painted forged aluminum alloy wheels
Wheelbase: 145.4 inches
Length Overall: 232.6 inches
Width: 87.0 inches
Height: 80.6 inches
Curb Weight: 6,077 lbs.
Fuel Capacity: 36 gallons
EPA Mileage Estimates: 10 mpg city / 15 mpg highway / 12 mpg combined
0 – 60 mph: 3.6 seconds
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