Everything You Need to Know About the 2019 Ford F-150 Raptor
When it first debuted in 2010, the Ford F-150 Raptor was the first truck of its kind: a factory-built desert racer. For 2019, the off-road legend gets upgraded with improved shocks, Recaro racing seats, and a new Trail Control system.
2019 Ford F-150 Raptor
The Ford F-150 Raptor is the only truck that can perform high-flying, off-road acrobatics straight out of the box. It’s long-travel suspension, powerful engine and large tires give it the ability to conquer all types of unruly terrain. Plus, it looks downright ferocious – like a Raptor.
“Raptor’s success is rooted in its incredible suspension, superb vehicle control and the confidence the truck instills in its owners,” said Hermann Salenbauch, global director, Ford Performance vehicle programs. “Upgrades to the 2019 F-150 Raptor have improved all three to new levels that the competition will have to benchmark – again.”
There’s no mistaking the Raptor for any other F-150. The desert warrior sports a unique grille with FORD block letters, along with pronounced fender flairs and beadlock-capable wheels. Massive 35-inch tires add to the look as well.
Cab configurations include SuperCrew (four-door) and SuperCab (extra cab). Either option provides an interior covered in high-quality materials and easy-to-use controls. New-for-2019 Recaro seats provide next-level driver support, thanks to generous bolstering in the seat back and cushion. Meanwhile, available Alcantara inserts and accent stitching improve the look of the upholstery.
The Raptor looks great, but it wasn’t made to be just a showpiece. It was built to go fast over harsh, desert terrain. Under its expansive hood, you’ll find an EcoBoost 3.5L V6 engine (450 hp and 510 lb-ft) topped with twin turbochargers. All that boosted power gets to the ground through a 10-speed automatic and four-wheel drive. When properly equipped, the combination allows the truck to tow up to 8,000 lbs.
Underneath, the Raptor gets new FOX 3.0 Internal Bypass shocks with Live Valve technology. These units can adapt to terrain in real time for increased handling and comfort.
“By automatically varying compression rates, Raptor can now make the most of its suspension travel of 13 inches at the front and 13.9 inches at the rear,” said Salenbauch. “The 2019 Raptor is not just more capable off-road. It’s smarter.”
Additional performance highlights include a Terrain Management System with six selectable drive modes, and Trail Control, which acts like cruise control for off-road driving. Also, the truck features an aluminum body construction to ensure it doesn’t get weighed down when catching air.
“Not many trucks need sensors to detect when you are midair,” said Salenbauch. “Raptor sets the dampers to full stiffness to help smooth shock performance as the truck lands.”
The Raptor may be built for high-performance antics, but that doesn’t mean it’s otherwise barebones. Creature comforts include available dual-zone climate control, ambient lighting, and a 10-speaker Bang & Olufsen stereo. Of course, the SYNC 3 infotainment system – complete with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto – is also available at .
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