Ford Raptor vs Ram Runner! [Head 2 Head Episode 14]
On this episode of Head 2 Head, Motor Trend’s Mike Febbo and off-road racer Joe Bacal head to the desert to pit the Ford Raptor against the Ram Runner. Find out which high performance prerunner tames the tarmac and destroys the dirt the best!
The Blue Oval states that the new Limited Edition model “signifies the highest levels of design refinement, luxury and technology” ever applied to the F-150.
The special treatment begins with the exterior that gains unique 22-inch polished aluminum wheels and center caps, HID headlamps, and body-color front and rear bumpers, front bumper valance, sideview mirror caps, wheel-lip molding, upper fascia and grille surround.
Other features on the outside include the chrome mesh front grille, the single tip of the tuned exhaust and the tow hooks on 4x4 variant plus “LIMITED” lettering accents on the box sides.
There’s a choice of three exterior colors named, Ruby Red Metallic Tinted Clearcoat, Tuxedo Black Metallic and White Platinum Metallic Tri-Coat.
The F-150 Limited’s interior is dressed in red and black full-grain leather that covers the seats, instrument panel cowl, steering wheel and door panels, while aluminum trims the center panel and console.
You will also find heated and cooled seats, ambient lighting with five accent colors, a moonroof, rear view camera, Sync with MyFord Touch and navigation on a centrally mounted 8-inch LCD screen, and PowerFold side mirrors.
The F-150 Limited is powered exclusively by Ford’s 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine that delivers 365 horsepower at 5,000 rpm on regular fuel and returns 22 mpg highway on the 4x2 model.
The Blue Oval has also fitted sports-tuned dampers to the front and rear suspensions.
The latest Raptor is offered directly from the factory with beadlock-compatible alloy rims. Beadlocks secure the edges of a tire to the wheel between two surfaces to prevent the tire from rolling off the trim when the tire pressure is low.
Ford’s system is unique because it allows the owner to convert from conventional rim to beadlock by unbolting the standard outer decorative ring, dismount the tire from its regular position and then remount the tire in the lock-enabled position with the available beadlock ring kit from Ford Racing.
The 2013 model also gets available high-intensity discharge HID headlamps that are said to be brighter and whiter than standard lamps, and a revamped SYNC with MyFord Touch infotainment system with a new 4.2-inch multifunction LCD screen mounted in the instrument cluster and an 8-inch screen on the center console.
Finally, Ford has added a new Raptor-exclusive exterior color for 2013, the desert camouflage-inspired Terrain.
The SVT Raptor continues to be powered by a 6.2-liter V8 engine delivering 411 horses and 434 lb.-ft. of torque, mated to an electronic six-speed automatic transmission.
Offered on both SuperCab and SuperCrew configurations, two- and four-wheel drive models, and with a choice of 360hp 5.0-liter V8 or 365hp 3.5-liter EcoBoost engines linked to a six-speed automatic, the option package includes a high-capacity 220-amp alternator and a special service-tailored interior layout.
With this package, the front seats are upholstered in an “easily cleaned” cloth while the full-width second-row seats in a more durable vinyl material.
The SSV seating package is 40/20/40, with the center 20 percent discarded completely to increase space for in-cab aftermarket equipment such as law enforcement communications and firearms installations. In addition, Ford omits the central console to create more space.
Buyers can also specify special components such as heavy-duty tires, 4x4 skid plates and interior convenience content.