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Ford Raptor: The Baja blaster supreme is better than ever

Gone is the song that the V8 sings… let us mourn. Okay stop mourning, because nearly everything else about the new Ford Raptor is fantastic.

Under the hood you’ll find a twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter EcoBoost 6, which is good for 450 horsepower and 510 pound-feet of torque. That’s enough power to get this 5,700-pound beast up to 60 miles per hour from a standstill in just five seconds. Fox Racing and the Ford Performance team joined forces once again to make sure the Raptor is more than capable on all sorts of surfaces. The travel is tremendous, the dampening is excellent, and the ride is a blast.

If we had to pick two weak spots, it would be the engine note compared to that of the prior V8 and the new 10-speed automatic gearbox is a bit annoying around town. The good news here is that the snarly V6 grows on you and the 10-speed likes it when you flog it.

Ford’s go-anywhere at any-speed dune-smashing desert destroying truck is back and better than ever.

[Disclaimer: Ford tossed us the keys to the Raptor and included a tank of fuel. We proceeded to get mud… everywhere. It took a long time in the power washing bay to get most of it off.]