Here's why you should buy one.
In honor of the brand-new, fourteenth-generation F-150, we wanted to take a look back at what is clearly the coolest version of the best-selling truck that Ford has ever built, the SVT Raptor. The Ford F-150 Raptor has been without any direct competition for two generations now. This second-generation model, introduced in 2017, offered some major improvements over the original truck but dropped the throaty V8 engine in favor of a more powerful EcoBoost V6.
Ford's decision to make the EcoBoost its flagship truck powertrain has been well rewarded but there are plenty of people out there who prefer the sound of a V8, some of whom have paid an exorbitant price to swap it into the new Raptor. We believe that the one-and-done nature of the V8-powered F-150 Raptor and the overall uniqueness of the first-generation model will make it a collectible vehicle for years to come.
The same elements that make the Raptor the king of trucks today was true back in 2009 when it first arrived on the market. Ford's Special Vehicle team gave the truck a distinct look with mind-blowing off-road performance that had never been seen before in a factory vehicle that you could buy off the showroom floor. Combined with an excellent name, it's easy to see why this truck has been such a success for Ford. First-generation Raptor models are highly coveted due to being the first and only V8 model, meaning they are likely to retain a ton of collector value as the years go on.
These trucks have already reached collectible status, so finding one with low mileage may be expensive. Some highly modified examples can command well over $50,000 on the used market but a reasonably well-kept example with under 100,000 miles can be found in the mid-$30,000 price range. Bargain hunters can find used Raptors starting around $20,000 if they are nearing 200,000 miles on the odometer.
Ford initially offered the F-150 Raptor with a 5.4-liter V8 producing 310 horsepower while a 411-hp 6.2-liter V8 was a $3,000 upgrade. Both engines were paired with a six-speed automatic transmission. In 2011, the 5.4-liter was dropped, leaving the 6.2-liter as the only engine available. What makes the Raptor truly special is its Fox Racing internal bypass shocks with external reservoirs, which allow drives to absolutely blast down bumpy trails.
The Raptor interior was pretty standard for a high-trim twelfth generation F-150 but it did have some unique changes including bolstered sport seats with cloth and leather, a special steering wheel, redesigned center console, and auxiliary switches. Buyers could even opt for orange accents on the dash and seats, which were later replaced with a blue option. This cabin is a bit dated by today's standards but features niceties such as Bluetooth and an optional navigation system.
If you want to buy a collectible vehicle that can also function as a usable daily driver, it's tough to beat the F-150 Raptor. These trucks have barely depreciated since they were new and as Ford continues to move towards turbochargers and hybrid technology on its performance models, the V8 examples are only going to become more coveted. We recommend getting one now before they truly skyrocket in value.