Hot-blooded Hillbilly

Every now and then I bring home a car that really makes the neighbours stop and stare (or in some cases, drive by, stop, reverse back to my house, stop, stare, continue driving after a few minutes) — and it’s not always the expensive, luxury rides either.

This week’s first ride (yes, I’ll have two again) is just such a vehicle. It’s big, bold and bright red. To say it’s attracted a bit of attention is an understatement. This car screams “LOOK!! LOOK!!” before it’s even turned on. And I’m a bit torn about its purpose. Why does it have to have a purpose you ask, oh faithful reader?

Well, it’s a pick-up truck.

Last I checked, pick-ups were the workhorses of the auto industry. They’re built to be tough, strong machines to tow, haul and generally do all the dirty work that those pansy little cars can’t. They are the go-to rides for contractors, farmers, gardeners, etc. And, in my opinion, Ford is the leader when it comes to pick-ups. They really are built tough and they do what they are built and bred to do: work hard.

So, why is the pick-up currently parked in my driveway decaled to the max and flashier than my WRX?

I don’t think I’ve ever drive such a flashy truck — and I’ve had the King Ranch and the F-350 Harley Davidson, and neither compares to this the F-150 SVT Raptor.

Yup, that’s right: Raptor. Grrr.

Everything about this truck is in-your-face. From the colour to the stickers on the side and the two-tone red and black interior, it’s all super aggressively bright and fantastically over the top — and I think I like it.

I have no need for a pick-up truck (in case you were wondering, oh faithful reader), unless I start carting the cats around in the bed which I doubt they’d appreciate. I’m a car kinda girl, even an SUV would be pushing it. And yet, I find myself oddly attracted to this pick-up and how it would feel to own this particular model.

It’s so over the top that it’s appealing. I love the brash look of the interior, from the oversized knobs and switches (half of which I still don’t know the purpose of) to the race-car inspire middle marker on the steering wheel (so you always know which way is up/straight no matter how many crazy turns you take).

True, this pick-up is a little pricey, but look at all the fancy you get for the extra dollars! Not to mention the power and performance.

Trucks generally drive pretty poorly. They are big, heavy and long; not ideal for quick maneuvers and nimble jaunts through traffic. But the Ford F-150 SVT Raptor handles itself exceptionally well for a pick-up. With its V8 that pumps out 320 hp and 390 lb-ft of torque, it’s got some kick. And it’s not just the fact that it has some pull in a straight line that I like, but the fact that this beast was made to head off-road.

I wouldn’t take every pick-up I’ve had off the beaten path, but the Raptor I would. With dedicated Fox Racing Shox suspension for off-road purposes, this pick-up has the adventurer in mind — and I love that.

So, now I’m trying to come up with ways to really put this beast to the test. I’ll be filming with the Raptor on Thursday, so any and all suggestions are welcome, oh faithful readers. I want to prove this truck isn’t just about looking the part — because it’s clear it already does that.

Here are a few more shots of the red monster for your viewing pleasure:

Drive on,
– M.

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~ by drivingmsmiranda on August 10, 2010.

7 Responses to “Hot-blooded Hillbilly”

  1. At first, the seats look very cheap with those red and black shiny colors. The ultimate test for trucks is under heavy load. Fill the box with something really heavy or pull something with it.

  2. that’s a hot truck

    • Spooner!!

      Yes, yes it is. And it gets LOTS of looks. Especially when I’m driving it. :-p It’s pretty cool though, I have to admit. I think you’d really like it.

      Drive on,
      – M.

  3. I reckon you should put two tons of gravel in the back, a guy who can’t tie his own shoelaces to sit in the passenger seat and tow a tractor through a forest while listening to the fastest bluegrass music you can find. That should do it.

    I kind of like it. It’s like a toy my son would choose.

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