2018 Ford F 150 Raptor SuperCab First Drive: Dakar Truck For The Family
And yet, inside is all eight-way electrically adjustable seats, cruise control, reverse parking cameras and the same Sync 3 infotainment system you’d find in a Ford Focus family car. There are roof-mounted switches to allow customers to install a variety of extra-light bars and fog lamps for off-roading; and as you’d expect for a life on the road, there is plenty of storage including an armrest-cum-coolbox that is the size of a miniature beer fridge.
Want more proof that this is a genuine, pre-eminent dune basher? A completely stock version of this car finished 49th in the gruelling Baja 1000 off-road endurance race. If that’s not putting your money where your mouth is, we don’t know what is…
How does it drive?
Like somebody tackling snow drifts in Alaska ended up taking a very wrong turn to Andover. It also feels incredibly fun, like Ford wanted to create the best possible BMX bike for grown-ups. Before we get all giddy with off-roading excitement, we need to address the sheer size of the thing. The Raptor may be the smallest model in the F-Series range, but in the land where Jack Russell terriers look big, an all-American truck that measures 5.6m long and 2.5m wide is somewhat lost in translation.
Merely climbing on board elicits the same feeling of vertigo as scaling a stepladder to clean your bedroom windows. Once you’re in the armchair of a driving seat and have acclimatised to the reduced oxygen levels at this altitude, you’ll be struck by the oversized nature of the controls and how relatively compact the cabin feels. Much like the Land Rover Defender, a boxy, huge exterior doesn’t mean a spacious cabin and although the Raptor features a pair of coach doors to improve access, the second row of seats are barely acceptable for children. More attention, it seems, has been laboured on the truck bed, which features plenty of integrated hooks and latches, plus the optional spray-in liner and integrated tailgate step.