Ace of Base: 2018 Ford F-150 Raptor

Matthew Guy
by Matthew Guy
ace of base 2018 ford f 150 raptor

Yes, you’re right – the Raptor is as far from a base truck as The Onion is from real news. However, there’s an argument to be made that the Raptor is as much of an individual model as the Focus RS is a model separate from the workaday hatchback. That is the argument I am making here today.

Raptor pickups can quickly climb into pricing’s nosebleed section, stretching bank accounts of off-road fans and vacuuming their wallets clean. Is a no-options Raptor worth their time? Given that the majority of add-ons augment the truck’s performance not one whit, I think it is.

Starting at $50,675, the entry level Raptor is *gasp* a SuperCab, not a SuperCrew. With ever increasing numbers of truck buyers popping for four full doors, a SuperCab F-150 sticks out like a lime-green tee shirt in a sea of drab business suits. Your author cannot recall the last time he saw a SuperCab Raptor with his own two eyes.

Pro tip: selecting a SuperCab Raptor shaves nearly $3,000 off the truck’s sticker price, along with several inches off its total length. The latter will make the pickup more manoeuvrable, whether one is using the thing on trails as intended or busting bollards at the mall. If you have a Raptor, I do hope it’s the former.

Another unexpected bonus of choosing the Raptor no one wants? The SuperCab also has a fuel tank measuring 36 gallons, a marked improvement over the SuperCrew’s 26 gallon thimble. Given the truck’s prodigious thirst, Raptor drivers are wise to carry all the fuel they can.

Both trucks come equipped with legendary levels of off-road kit, including gonzo-sized BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A KO2 rubber measuring a monstrous 315/70/R17. Fox Racing shocks soak up bumps like those old Bounty paper towel commercials purported to soak up water, while beefy springs at all four corners allow the truck to perform Baja levels of heroics even when piloted by the most hamfisted of drivers.

Only the deep-hued Ruby Red is an extra cost color, with all manner of greyscale plus the fabulous Race Red being offered gratis. Ford loves to show the Raptor in Lightning Blue, so I’ve implored potential customers to select anything but in an effort to add diversity on our nation’s trail system. Leave the optional wallpaper – a $1,075 Exterior Graphics Package and $900 Hood Graphics Package – on the factory floor. It makes for a cleaner looking machine, too.

A pair of options packages conspire to drive the Raptor’s price skyward, including a luxury-focused bundle with 360-degree cameras and the like costing an eye-popping $9,770. I also advocate for the exclusion of interior trim packages which can add thousands of dollars simply for a dollop of color or carbon fiber, along with the binning of Ford’s $1,950 Raptor Technology Package and its suite of safety nannies. The base model’s low-rent audio system is my sole gripe.

Checking all the boxes on a Ford Raptor order sheet will result in a machine cresting the $75,000 mark, nearly a $25,000 jump from the truck you see here. The base trim SuperCab is packed with the same off-road kit and its capabilities in the dirt are legion. Plus, because it’s a SuperCab, chances of seeing a double of yourself out in the dunes ranges somewhere between slim and none.

Last week’s announcement of the Limited trim earning Raptor levels of power reminded me of how good the Raptor is, even if I am not enamored with its engine note. Saving $25,000 over a fully loaded model is simply the icing on the cake.

[Images: Ford Motor Company]

Not every base model has aced it. The ones which have? They help make the automotive landscape a lot better. Any others you can think of, B&B? Let us know in the comments. Naturally, feel free to eviscerate our selection.

The model above is shown in American dollars with American options and trim, absent of destination charges and available rebates. As always, your dealer may sell for less.

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  • Car Guy Car Guy on Aug 01, 2018

    OK, waiting for Ace of Base Corvette ZR1 post..............

  • Micko4472 Micko4472 on Aug 01, 2018

    So I went to Ford's website and I saw one worthwhile option - a front locking differential for $500. Which brings the total purchase price to over $55k. I think for that kind of money you can get a pretty decent Jeep Wrangler. You can probably get one for less than $55k. And it will go a lot of places the Raptor can't. The biggest problem with the Raptor is it's size. If you are running around in the open desert, it's fine. If you go somewhere like, say, Black Bear Pass in CO, a Raptor will have a very hard if not impossible time. I lived 20 years in CO, and spent many a summer jeeping on those back country trails. I didn't see too many full size pickups. I saw a lot of jeeps and scouts and bobtail broncos, however.

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    • Jh26036 Jh26036 on Aug 02, 2018

      I don't think it's a front locker. It's a front torsen differential, which really is a LSD.

  • Jeff S I am not a fan of Tesla and they were niche vehicles but it seems that they have become more common. I doubt if I get an EV that it would be a Tesla. The electrical grid will have to be expanded because people over the long run are not going to accept the excuse of the grid can't handle people charging their EVs.
  • AMcA The '70 Continentals and Town Cars may have been cousins to the standard body Fords and Mercurys, they didn't have to be disguised, because they had unique, unbelievably huge bodies of their own. Looking at the new 1970 interior, I'd say it was also a cost savings in sewing the seat. Button tufted panels like the 1969 interior had require a lot of sewing and tufting work. The 1970 interior is mostly surface sewing on a single sheet of upholstery instead of laboriously assembled smaller pieces. FINALLY: do I remember correctly that the shag carpet shown under these cars was a Photoshop? They didn't really go so peak '70s as to photograph cars on shag carpets, did they?
  • Inside Looking Out Toyota makes mass market cars. Their statement means that EVs are not mass market yet. But then Tesla managed to make mass market car - Mode; 3. Where I live in CA there are more Tesla Model 3s on streets than Corollas.
  • Ltcmgm78 A lot of dirt must turn before there's an EV in every driveway. There must be a national infrastructure plan written by other than politicians chasing votes. There must be reliable batteries that hopefully aren't sourced from strategic rivals. There must be a way to charge a lot of EVs. Toyota is wisely holding their water. There is a danger in urging unplanned and hasty moves away from ICE vehicles. Do we want to listen to unending speeches every election cycle that we are closer than we have ever been to 100% electrification and that voting for certain folks will make it happen faster? Picture every car in your town suddenly becoming all electric and a third of them need a charge or the driver will be late for work. This will take a lot of time and money.
  • Kendahl One thing I've learned is that cars I buy for local errands tend to be taken on 1,000 mile trips, too. We have a 5-speed Focus SE that has gone on longer trips than I ever expected. It has served us well although, if I had it to do over again, I would have bought an ST. At the time of purchase, we didn't plan to move from 1,000 feet elevation to 6,500. The SE is still adequate but the ST's turbo and extra power would have been welcome.