2011 Ford F-150 Raptor SuperCrew: 6.2 Liters of Goodness

Ford F-150 Raptor

There aren’t many families that need a rig to scoot across desert sand dunes at a ridiculous rate of speed.

There are plenty of moms and dads, though, including me, who would love to have a truck that could.

For people like us, Ford has announced what I think just might be the best value in trucks today: the 2011 F-150 Raptor SuperCrew.

For anyone who doesn’t know, the brutally insane F-150 Raptor SVT is nearly 8 inches wider than a typical F-150, comes wearing 35-inch tires, and is powered by a base 5.4-liter V8 that makes 320 horsepower. The base price is just $38K, which is one heck of a bargain.

According to Inside Line, the SuperCrew Raptor will come standard with an even more sinister 6.2-liter, 411-horsepower V8.

When the 6.2-liter option is checked on the extended-cab Raptor, the price is $41K, meaning the SuperCrew should come in a couple thousand above that. Expensive, yes, but considering the King Ranch and Platinum trim levels of the F-150 can easily top $45K, the Raptor is a screaming good deal.

But how does it stack up when compared to the all-new Ram 2500 Power Wagon?

2010 Ram Power WagonSimply put, the Power Wagon needs to try harder. Yeah, it was an icon in the post-WWII years, but today it’s simply an option package for the Ram Heavy Duty Crew Cab 2500. Engineers added an agile 4×4 drivetrain and a 383-horsepower, 5.7-liter Hemi gas engine to drive all wheels through a five-speed automatic. A nice rig and a decent off-roader, sure, but at almost $46K I’d sure be a lot happier with the Raptor SuperCrew.

What do you think, boys and girls: Ford F-150 Raptor SuperCrew or Ram Power Wagon?

-tgriffith

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