Would You Drive a Fake Ford Raptor?

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Ford Raptor

Is this a poor man’s Ford Raptor or a complete and total abomination? 

Nobody likes a poser, fake, or fraud, right? The same holds true whether you’re talking about a person or a vehicle. Almost since the advent of the automobile, we’ve seen everything from stick-on badges to full-on kit cars, all of which share one purpose – to replicate a more expensive, exclusive, or unobtainable vehicle. But one thing that we’ve never seen is a fake Ford Raptor. Until now.

Ford Raptor

Images of this 2016 Ford F-150 dressed up as a Ford Raptor popped up on Reddit recently, courtesy of user My_Broken Wings. Now, this isn’t the first time we’ve seen a regular old F-150 fitted with a Raptor grille or bumper. But the problem here lies in the fact that someone slapped a Raptor badge on the rear tailgate. And then it gets worse.

Ford Raptor

This poser F-150 is lifted with off-road tires, but it’s a two-wheel drive. Making matters worse, the terrible offset on the wheels makes them stick out from the (not as wide as a Ford Raptor) fenders like some sort of brodozer. So the question is, why would anyone build something like this? Well, maybe the answer comes from the appropriately named bagofwisdom.

Ford Raptor

“More than a few dealers thought they could capitalize on the forthcoming 2017 Raptor hype by tarting up some 2015/16 F-150s to look similar to the prototype, complete with previous gen badges and inflated price.”

Ford Raptor

Others speculate that the previous owner, not the dealership, placed the Raptor badge on the truck. Despite that, no one with any sort of sense would ever mistake it for such. Unless you look at it strictly head on, of course. But minus the crappy rolling stock and fake badge, we don’t think this is a bad looking truck by any means. So we pose this question to you, loyal readers. Would you rock this fake Ford Raptor, or would you be embarrassed to be seen in it?

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Brett Foote is a longtime contributor to Internet Brands’ Auto sites, including Chevrolet Forum, Rennlist, and Ford Truck Enthusiasts, among other sites.

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