The Ford Raptor || What’s The Hype?


– What’s going on guys, Fuller here with Custom Offsets. Custom Offsets TV on the YouTube. We’ve got a brand new video and an entire brand new series for you. Today we’re digging in to find out what’s the hype with the Ford Raptor. (rock music) About 10 years ago now, Ford introduced the SVT Raptor name and
gave every 16 year-old kid a pickup truck to dream about. No longer did they want a cool sports car. – [Voiceover] Nope. – They wanted the Raptor. It was everything you wanted
a factory truck to be. Upgraded suspension, aggressive looks, and no lack of power either, which is why it wasn’t
just a kid’s dream truck but also appealing to the
guys who were about to buy a Corvette for that midlife crisis. (tires squealing) (car crashing) The first generation Raptor
which launched in 2010 and spanned until 2014
was probably best known for its 411 horsepower 6.3 liter V8 that pushed the truck from
zero to 60 in 7.1 seconds, which for a six thousand pound
vehicle is pretty impressive. The first generation Raptor
became instantly recognizable with its massive front grill,
heat extractors on the hood, and flared fenders and bed sides, making the truck nearly seven inches wider than the standard F-150. Now, right out of the box
the Raptor was equipped with internal bypass Fox racing shocks and a double wish bone
independent front end as well as forged steel
upper control arms, allowing for 11 inches of travel. Out back, the Fox shocks and
the solid axle release springs gave you 12 inches of travel, and the truck came equipped
with 35 inch BFG tires, no lift kit or trimming required. – Yes. – Then Ford did something that shocked the off-road community. They announced that the
second generation Raptor would come with a V6 power plant. – Oh! – But not just any V6. A specially tuned, high
output twin turbo eco boost V6 that pushed 450 horse power and worked 500 foot/pounds of torque, shaving more than a whole second off the zero to 60 time of the previous truck. In addition to more power,
the second gen Raptor came with a host of other upgrades. Shedding around 400 pounds, the Raptor was now an all aluminum body, but that didn’t really
improve the fuel economy people complained about
in the first generation. EPA estimates for a second gen Raptor are 15 city and 18 highway,
but in full disclosure, you won’t be able to keep
your foot off the gas in one of these trucks. In my experience, I’ll typically average anywhere from 11 to 13 miles per gallon, but it sure is a lot of fun. (car revving) Adding to the fun is
the new suspension setup with adjustable nine stage
electronically controlled Fox racing shocks, providing
13 inches of travel in the front and 14 inches out back. New for the second gen is also
six different driving modes, normal, street, snow,
mud and sand, rock mode, and my personal favorite, baja. (car revving) (cheering) (car crashing) – [Man] Ooh. – This mode is tailored specifically to driving at high speed off-road, so you can really feel like you’re a part of the Ford race team as you fly over just about any terrain comfortably. And speaking of comfort, there’s a bunch of
interior creature comforts in this truck too. My favorites being the
air conditioned seats, a large touch screen in the dash, a 360 degree camera that’s
not only useful for parking, but also for crawling
over obstacles off-road, and a massive twin panel moon roof. Helping this Ford get moving and actually achieving decent
gas mileage on the street if you keep your foot out of it is a 10 speed automatic transmission, and it’s actually pretty good. The different modes and
the train management system do a nice job of preventing it
from hunting around too much when you leave everything up to the truck, but if you’d rather take control you can do so by use of the steering wheel mounted paddle shifters. Grip comes from the same 25 inch BFG tires used on the previous generation, but now Ford offers
factory 17 inch bead locks for the guys who are actually going to use this truck off-road. Now, it’s no surprise that many
of the baja-inspired Raptors will never see the Baja desert
or any dirt for that matter, but honestly when it comes to pickups this thing rides really nice on-road too. The suspension is soft and soaks up just about anything you’ll
encounter on the street. Power is plentiful, and the 10 speed keeps your
RPMs down on the freeway. The only downfall I can see on using the Raptor as your daily driver is the need to fuel up every single day, and that the towing capacity
is only 8,000 pounds, which is 5,000 pounds less
than a standard F-150. And if you do tow 8,000
pounds with a Raptor, just be prepared for a lot of squat. (pop music) (dumbbell crashing) So, does the Ford Raptor
live up to the hype? Let us know in the comments below. Peace. (upbeat music)