One PistonHeads reader has set himself up in the States and has an enviable collection of BMWs, Porsches and other European cars. But he couldn't resist the pull of a truck and went from a base F-150 to a Raptor in no time. He described driving it back to New York from having a power upgrade fitted by Texan yeehaw merchants Hennessey; apparently boring stretches of back road could be livened up by just steering into the scrub, maintaining 70mph cruising speed and just bouncing about for a bit. Before rejoining the road, using the embankment to loft the Raptor fully airborne before landing back on the tarmac. I was driving down the A1 the other day and reckon there are places you could try something along those lines…
Somewhat shockingly research into Raptors reveals the 6.2-litre V8 is being replaced by a twin-turbo Ecoboost V6 for the 2017 model. OK, with 450hp it's got more power, is based on the new aloo-min-um F-150 and drives through a 10-speed gearbox. But, 6mpg or not, what is a truck without a V8? Over there they start at less than $50,000, or hot hatch money even at today's exchange rates. By the time they land here they're more like £72K, which is a ludicrous amount of money to pay for a pick-up truck. Especially one with a V6. Thankfully there's one V8 one in the PistonHeads classifieds for a still considerable £49,995. Plus VAT.
Which is nearly as daft as the idea of trying to drive one on congested British roads. As far as my boy is concerned it'd be off the scale cool though. And with him sitting beside me I'd have my excuse ready. Things we do for our kids, eh?
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