Beware the Raptor

Ford F-150 Raptor

THERE could be looks and gasps of amazement soon as the Raptor takes to the streets.

The 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor has arrived in the UK, with delivery-mileage examples of the 444bhp ‘super truck' available from Clive Sutton, a London-based supercar and luxury car dealers.

The car sourcing specialist has initially acquired five left-hand drive examples of the latest F-150 Raptor, with three already snapped up by long-standing clients. The vehicle can be viewed now by appointment at Clive Sutton's premises in St John's Wood, with on-the-road prices starting from £78,000.

Ford's latest F-150 Raptor has been widely anticipated in the UK since the end of production of the previous truck in 2014.

Significant features include a lightweight aluminium body, an efficient and powerful twin-turbo 3.5-litre V6 petrol engine producing 444bhp and 510lb ft of torque, and a 10-speed automatic gearbox. High-performance Fox Racing shock absorbers are fitted as standard, giving the Raptor incredible off-road agility.

Those interested in right-hand-drive vehicles can commission a conversion of the new F-150 Raptor through Sutton Bespoke's specialist programme, at a cost of £36,000 (including VAT). Sutton's right-hand-drive conversions use precision-sculpted mouldings of interior components, before specialist craftsmen use a blend of traditional and modern techniques to ‘mirror' the dashboard appearance and steering assembly.

Further personalisation of the new F-150 Raptor can be achieved through Sutton Bespoke's supercharging package, taking the truck's V6 petrol engine to over 590bhp. That modification costs £10,800 and there's also an active sports exhaust option from £3,200).

The raft of factory extras available for the F-150 Raptor include 10-way electrically adjustable and heated seats, dual-zone climate control, a 360-degree camera system, twin-panel ‘moonroofs' and a trailer towing package with Ford's Backup Assist technology.

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