Ford Raptor Not Macho Enough? Try the Shelby Edition

The Ford F-150 Raptor is about as extreme as trucks get. Built for flying across sand, traversing dunes, and descending hillsides like a mountain goat, the Raptor is one of very few trucks that can compete in the Baja 1000, then drive home like it made a leisurely trip visiting the in-laws.

The truck comes stock with a 450-horsepower 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6, which offers plenty of punch to get out ahead of traffic or even leave most cars in the dust. It’s massive, too. The Raptor is 6.4 inches wider than the already huge F-150 and 1.3 inches taller. At 78.5 inches high, good luck getting this thing into your garage at home or into many urban parking garages.

In fact, good luck even finding a large enough space at the grocery store.

This truck isn’t made for parking, though. It’s for mountain men (suburban dads) who need a macho desert-runner (grocery-getter) to stand out from the crowd.

However, for some folks, the stock Raptor just isn’t macho enough. Enter the Shelby Raptor. Continue reading >>>

Supercars: With Bread and In Ditches

Ferrari McLaren Ford

My good friend Jeremy Clarkson has a way with words. (I liked him on Facebook, which means we’re friends, right?)

Here’s a status he so eloquently posted yesterday on his fan page:

Supercars appeal to the small boy in us all. We may hate the bastards who have them and we may know they make no sense at all, but that doesn’t stop us wanting one.

Well, we only hate the people who have them when they don’t appreciate them or have the skill to drive them. For those people, the car is nothing more than a symbol of success. For others, though, the supercar is owned because of a true passion for the design, engineering and performance behind the car.

Both types of people have made the news over the last couple of days.

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Cars Coming Soon: Frankfurt to Offer Glimpse Into Ford’s Future

Aside from the Ford Mustang and F-150 Raptor, Ford design hasn’t exactly been as cutting edge as its some of its competitors lately.

Disagree? Compare the Ford Focus to the Hyundai Elantra. Or the Kia Forte. Or even the new Volkswagen Jetta. Case closed.

However, that could change soon, as Ford plans to unveil four global products at next month’s Frankfurt Auto Show, including a new major design concept and details on the next Focus performance car.

Focus RS anyone? We don’t know if that’s what Ford has among the surprises, but just the thought is enough to get the pistons churning.

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Sorry, Ram Runner, No Kit Will Outperform a Raptor

Mopar Ram Runner kit

If you’re a Ram owner and you’re sick of being shown up in the desert (or mall parking lot) by the far-superior Ford Raptor, the folks at Mopar think they have a solution for you.

They don’t… but they think they do.

Designed for installation on 2009-2011 Ram trucks, the Ram Runner kit consists of seven component sets that can be purchased all at once or in stages and installed on your own or at your friendly neighborhood Ram dealer. The kit consists of a Pre-Runner Stage II Lift Kit, off-road front bumper, off-road front and rear fenders, off-road rear-tire carrier, sport performance hood and cat-back exhaust. All told, the entire kit will set buyers back close to 20 grand (or significantly more if you choose dealer installation).

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