For starters, look at it. Ford Raptor boasts a seriously aggressive widebody, stretching 7.2 feet fender to fender. The whole time front facia is a unique offering from Ford for the Raptor, commanding block letters displaying the manufacturers name as opposed to the normal oval Ford insignia.
Yet a “Raptor Conversion Kit” can be purchased from aftermarket companies to convert a standard F150 to the Raptor widebody look for between two and three thousand dollars. And on top of that many Raptor owners find themselves converting to aftermarket fender for more tire clearance as they push their trucks harder.
Second, the Raptor packs some serious suspension, a set of Fox racing coil overs in the front along with widened a-arms deliver 13” of wheel travel and a modified leaf pack paired with Fox internal bypass shocks deliver 14” of wheel travel out back, also giving the tuck enough lift to clear 35” tires. The suspension is race fueled and Baja tuned by Fox and Ford, yet something of equal performance can be bolted onto a stock F150 for five-grand or less.
Furthermore, you could probably pickup this exact suspension from a Raptor owner off an online forum as many who do use their trucks for off-road racing seem to upgrade many of the suspension components before long although the predesigned off-road capability was the one of the main reasons for purchasing the Raptor in the first place.
Third, Ford Raptor is also now only propelled with the eco-boost V6, the 6.2L V8 is a thing of the past. But frankly, there’s hardly anything special about it. Sure, it has 450 horsepower and 510 lb-ft of torque but the stock motor is at 375 horsepower and 470 lb-ft of torque; which any tuner who has worked on these motors before will tell you is majority based off the tune of the motor with minor upgrades and someone competent behind the computer those numbers can be met relatevely inexpensively, accompanied by the fact that current Ford Raptor owners still want more when flying through the desert.
My Conclusion on Ford Raptor
All in all, I just don’t see the value in the Ford Raptor price if you truly plan on using it for what it was designed for, but then also it’s not that useful of a truck when you break the numbers down either. It can’t tow or haul as much as a standard Ford F150. The Raptor appeals to two people, those who want a pickup but don’t want to use it as a pickup, still want it to be quick and still want to look cool driving it but will rarely if ever take it off-road.
Also appealing to those who want to take a venture into the off-road world only to have the truck serve as, a type of gateway drug metaphorically, into the world of off-road performance, where they’ll reinvest into the truck what they only would have needed to once if they knew what they were getting themselves into at the start.