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2014 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor Preview

Pros: The 2014 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor is unlike any other pickup on the market. As the very definition of ''rugged,'' this beast of a truck delivers big-time thrills and chills with a 411-horsepower V8 engine and beefed-up suspension that can take you far away from the beaten path. At the same time, quality abounds inside, and a few extras make it even cooler.

Cons: The price is not in everyone's reach. For all its amazing off-road potential, the SVT Raptor suffers from a harsh ride on regular pavement. And as you can imagine, fuel consumption is scary-high.

2014 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor Price: You can buy a new SVT Raptor for $56,799. Two graphics packages, a luxury package, and a trailer tow package are available.

Ford F-150 SVT Raptor 2014
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Fuel Economy: The 2014 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor is awfully thirsty, burning 18.5/L100km in the city and 12.8L/100km on the highway. What about off-road? Well, you'll have to experience it to get an idea.

Improvements and Changes: There's a new special edition package that includes unique 17'' wheels, boxside graphics and interior trim pieces, as well as Brick Red seat bolsters with black seat inserts.

2014 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor Powertrain: The 6.2L SOHC V8 engine under the hood produces 411 horsepower through a 6-speed automatic transmission with manual mode. Of course, a 4-wheel drive system is standard fare.

Capacities: When it comes to towing heavy loads, the SVT Raptor can pull up to 3,629 kg (8,000 lbs).

Safety: The 2014 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor comes standard with ABS, brake assist, electronic brake force distribution, stability control, and traction control.

Comparing the 2014 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor: This high-performance, off-road variant of the legendary F-150 has a big edge over conventional half-ton trucks like the Chevrolet Silverado, GMC Sierra, Nissan Titan, Ram 1500, and Toyota Tundra.