Raptor in the U.K.: Brits Love the Beastly Ford Truck, too

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Auto Express calls the Raptor ‘an utterly addictive, surprisingly competent high performance pickup’ — and we couldn’t agree more!

The U.K.’s Auto Express YouTube channel host Steve Sutcliffe recently spent some time in the 2018 Ford F-150 Raptor. While he was immensely impressed with the performance capabilities of the twin turbo pickup, he also found it to be “absurd” for the average English driver. In the video above from Auto Express, he talks about all of the upsides and the few downsides to the newest Raptor, going so far as to pit it against the Audi RS3 on a road course.

Raptor in the U.K.

Ford Motor Company is the global leader in pickup truck sales, (barely) rivaled by the competitors from Ram, Chevy and GMC. While there is some distant competition from the Japanese automakers like Toyota, Nissan and Honda, none of the British automakers have ever made a real attempt to make a proper half-ton pickup. There are many reasons for that, but most importantly, it is because trucks like the 2018 F-150 Raptor are just too big for their streets.

That is one of the few negatives points made in the Auto Express video, as the host loves pretty much everything about the 2018 Ford F-150 Raptor – complaining only about the overall size and the 10-mile-per-gallon fuel economy numbers.

Auto Express with the Raptor

Loving on the Raptor

As the video begins, the host is playing with the 2018 F-150 Raptor in a variety of off-road-style settings and on a paved road course. He raves about the power of the 450 horsepower “Ford GT engine”. This is a beat of a reach, but they are both EcoBoost V6 mills, so there is technically some comparison. He talks about how the high performance chassis setup allows this F-150 to go pretty much anywhere and he raves about the sound of the EcoBoost V6. He also praises the Raptor’s horsepower and torque, with the video showing how well this F-150 accelerates and handles on their test track.

The most impressive aspect of this video is a portion where the host goes head-to-head with an Audi RS3 on their test track. On both the straightaways and the turns, the 5,000+ pound Ford truck stays right with the hot hatch, showing how well the Raptor performs against a vehicle that many people would expect to blow it away.

Although the host doesn’t love driving the Raptor through a tight English city or feeding the hungry twin turbo engine, he loves playing with the F-150 in the dirt and on the open road.

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Patrick Rall is a regular contributor to LS1Tech and JK Forum, among other auto sites.

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