2014 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor Review
2014 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor Review. The SVT Raptor is a high-performance version of Ford’s venerable 2014 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor pickup truck that is one of the most unique and capable off-road production vehicles ever made.
Power 2014 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor comes from a 6.2-liter SOHC V8 that produces 411 horsepower and 434 lb-ft of torque. A six-speed automatic sends power to all four wheels (four-wheel-drive is standard, as one would expect) and features a full manual mode that gives the driver complete control over gear selection – upshifts are not commanded at redline, and downshifts are allowed at the lowest gear possible as defined by the engine speed. Fuel economy is about what one would expect of a large pickup with a big V8: 11 mpg in the city and 16 mpg on the highway, according to the EPA. The 2014 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor boasts a 930-pound payload capacity and a 6,000-pound towing capacity.
Ford spent a great deal of time and R & D dollars transforming the 2014 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor into the Raptor, even going so far as to construct a 62-mile durability loop in the desert of Borrego Springs, California, to replicate the conditions of the demanding Baja 1000 off-road race. The truck’s thoroughly re-engineered suspension features 13.4 inches of usable wheel travel in the rear and 11.2 in the front in addition to industry-exclusive internal bypass shocks. Supplied by Fox Racing, the shocks feature high-altitude commercial jet-style fluid and an internal bypass system to stiffen the shock as it travels to prevent bottoming out.
All 2014 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor models come standard with SYNC, Ford’s Bluetooth-based connectivity system that allows smartphone users to place calls and stream music by using voice commands or steering wheel-mounted buttons. It can also read incoming texts aloud to help the driver keep his or her eyes on the road, and allows the use of Ford-approved apps like The Wall Street Journal news and Pandora radio. The Ford F-150 SVT Raptor can be spec’d with MyFord Touch, an infotainment system that builds on SYNC by letting users control everything from navigation to climate control to the sound system with voice commands.
Although there’s no other truck that can withstand the punishment of driving through the desert at extreme speeds like the 2014 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor can, less hard-core off roading pickups include the Ram 2500 Power Wagon and the Chevrolet Silverado 1500 equipped with Z71 off-road package.