The Ford SVT Raptor really is the rarest of the rare when it comes to trucks. Offering a personalized driving experience, that you’ll take pride in driving a powerful beast of a pick-up that feels both distinctively rugged and refined.

It’s kind of like a wolverine – you know it’s out there, but you rarely catch a glimpse of it. That’s what this post is for, folks. For those of you wanting to learn more about the elusive Raptor, here are the top five reasons why it’s awesome.

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The SVT Raptor has a monster 6.2L V8 engine, which produces a whopping 411 horsepower with a max torque of 434 ft.-lbs. Those figures account for some serious power coming from under the hood of this beast.

Off-roading abilities:
The Raptor was clearly built with off-roading in mind. The truck has heavy-duty skid plates for protection , along with massive 35-inch tires and durable fenders. There’s even a camera on the front grill of the Raptor that lets you know what kind of trouble, or adventure, you’re about to step into.

Hill Descent Control:
If you’re going to be travelling off-road, at some point you’ll likely run across some rugged downhill terrain, which may present challenges for most trucks. Luckily, the Raptor has a unique feature called Hill Descent Control that ensures all you have to worry about is steering. It’s very easy to use – just push the designated button and then press the brake and accelerator to set your desired speed. Once it’s set, the braking is applied automatically while you travel downhill. The features works for speeds up to 32 km/hr.

Extra Strength Components:
In addition to its off-roading capabilities, the Raptor is also Built Ford Tough. We’re talking super tough here, folks. It features several extra strength components, starting with track width seven inches wider than other F-150 models. The truck is made to accommodate larger components and has unique cast-aluminum SVT control arms that provide extra day-to-day strength.

The Design:
To go along with its intimidating performance capabilities, the Raptor looks flat out mean. Kinda like its namesake from the Cretaceous Period. Aside from it being a hulking truck with massive tires, it’s got a unique grill that is reminiscent of a brick wall. I mean, really, is there anything that indicates “toughness” better than a brick wall? Also of note is the available Hood Graphics Package and Exterior Graphics Package, both of which will take your Raptor’s design to the next level.

If you could have the Ford SVT Raptor for a day, where would you take it?


Editor note: Always drive safely and responsibly, and be mindful of road/surface conditions. Obey traffic laws and signs at all times.