Here is our comprehensive review of 2019 Ford F-150 Raptor features, redesign, horsepower, engine specs, fuel economy, interior, price and release date.
The New Ford F-150 Raptor is a non-standard device. This American pickup made in the unmeasured: truck template, Supercar engine, and impressive off-road capabilities. The Argus. En had the privilege of performing a test run on the track at its steering wheel. Guaranteed.
The Ford F-150 is in the United States what the Renault Clio is to France, i.e. the number one sales with 55 000 units per month. A pick-up of more than 5 meters long, and in this revised and corrected version dubbed Raptor, powered by a V6 petrol 3.5 of 450 hp. A kind of Clio R.S., but in the field of application totally opposite.
The F-150 is exclusively reserved for the US market. In Europe, the Ford pickup truck is the Ranger. A vehicle similar to the Volkswagen Amarok, Nissan Navara or Renault Alaskan, or an imposing pick-up truck. Between Europe and America, everything is a matter of scale.
Large-travel suspensions, huge tires (315/70 R17), ten-speed gearbox, and “comfortable” torque of 510 Nm, this Raptor is not afraid of anything! To prove it, Ford ran a runway test. Rendezvous is taken at the Circuit de la Ferté-Gaucher (77) which offers an ideal playground: 15 hectares of crossing and 20 hectares of fast slopes.
Driving the Ford F-150 Raptor
At first, the Raptor intimidates but he knows how to be gentle as a lamb. Its engine develops enough torque to evolve on a gas net and the automatic box is flexible. A real advantage during narrow passages or with strong bridge crossings (diagonally opposite wheels). An exercise in which it excels thanks to the large suspensions of its stays (330 mm in front and 353 mm in the rear).
As soon as the terrain becomes larger, the 2019 Ford F-150 Raptor can express its generous V6 engine. With 450 hp, the accelerations are very straightforward and surprising at the wheel of such a machine. Moreover, it emits a particularly nice sound, even if the roar of the old generation V8 was more impressive.
Despite the slippery terrain and the lack of biting of the brake pedal, the Raptor’s decelerations are powerful. They lead to the unusual front gear dives, flexible suspension obligates. Its absorption capacity is simply bluffing, driving at 80 km/h on very rugged roads returns to cross the Place de la Concorde on board a comfortable sedan.
The Raptor can also be more playful as it is possible to choose a propulsion mode. In total, six modes of driving are proposed: Normal, sport and Weather (Slippery road) on asphalt, and mud/snow (mud and snow), Baja (sport) and Rock Crawl (crossing) on rugged terrain. These modes vary the parameters of the steering, the gearbox, the response to the accelerator.
Dimensions Ford F-150 Raptor
- Length: 5.86 m
- Beam: 2.00 m
- Height: 1.92 m
- Wheelbase: 3.68 m
- Tank Capacity: 98 L
- Tyres: 315/70 R17
- Empty weight: 2 082 kg
Our test Raptor is a short chassis, but it can ship five passengers. Access is facilitated by open doors, less by the height of the cab. The footstool is not superfluous. An equipment that is found on the opening of the dumpster to also facilitate the ascent.
The 2019 Ford F-150 Raptor Interior style is as manly as that of the outside. The shapes are very geometric, only certain controls (air conditioning, transmission) accept the curves. There is also an average quality of plastics, which is common in an American vehicle and is ultimately not important for this kind of pickup. The equipment is complete (leather, navigation, touch screen ) and some details count in the crossing phase, like the front camera. Far from being unprecedented in the category of the SUV, it allows heading when reaching the top of a collar.
This grip on difficult terrain has allowed us to see the amazing performance of the Raptor. It combines strong accelerations with incredible crossing capabilities. His suspensions are able to erase everything or almost. In reality, his only handicap is his template. In the United States, the F-150 Raptor Ford is sold just under $50 000. However, it is possible to buy one in France via different importers. But the invoice increases appreciably: Count about 100 000 €.
Ford F-150 Raptor Specs
- Engine: Petrol. Six Cylinders in v. biturbo
- Capacity: 3.5 L
- Power: 450 hp at 5 000 rpm
- Torque: 510 Nm to 3500 rpm
- Transmission: 4WD
- Gearbox: 10-speed automatic