The first generation of the Raptor appeared in 2009 as a creation of Ford’s Special Vehicle Team (SVT). A truck to conquer the challenging terrain of the western deserts.
The 2010 SVT Raptor came to market as a new generation of high-performance pickup trucks. It featured a wider body, unique suspension for sandy trails, and a powerful V8 engine, laying the foundation for a revolutionary era in off-road driving. It had 411 HP of power from a 6.2-liter V8.
Over the years, Ford continued to refine the 4×4 Raptor, introducing technological advances to its suspension and wider axles with special tires. The second generation in 2017 showed an attitude change, leaving the V8 for a high-performance EcoBoost V6 engine with more power than the previous engine.
This model has solidified its legacy by conquering the Baja 1000 race, demonstrating its prowess in the extreme conditions of Baja California. The victory underscored the Raptor’s durability and reinforced its reputation as a genuine off-road champion.
The new 2024 Ford F-150 Raptor R is the most potent all-terrain truck. A 5.2-liter supercharged V8 returns, producing 720 HP. With great anxiety, I now wait for it to reach the dealerships so I can test it thoroughly. I will let you know if it’s the new king of the trails.

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Ricardo Long