The Ford SVT F-150 Raptor is no less than a phenomenon in the automotive world. The people “upstairs” at Ford Motor Company probably thought it was going to be a good idea when they brought about the out-of-the-box off-road wonder back in 2010 (it was introduced in late 2009 as a 2010 model). It sported the 5.4-liter V8, seven inches more track width than a standard F-150, FOX shocks, 12 inches of wheel travel, 35-inch BFGoodrich tires, and 4.10:1 gears, but we’ll bet they never imagined that it would become a legend in its own time.

The more powerful 6.2-liter V8 came as an option, and boosted the horsepower and torque numbers considerably. Then in 2011, the 6.2-liter became the standard issue and only powerplant offered in the Ford Raptor up until its temporary discontinuation after the 2014 model year. A new Raptor will be coming as a 2017 model, and although this re-invention of the dirt dragon will be powered by a V6 EcoBoost engine, there are thousands of Ford SVT F-150 Raptors with the 6.2-liter V8 engine out there prowling the deserts and forests from California to Connecticut.