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How the Regular F-150 Handles Dirt Duty

So we know the Raptor is and was a real off road weapon, but that was before Ford made the all important switch to aluminium and turbocharging. Luckily we have a parallel look at how Turbocharged F-150s behave off road as Wes Siller takes an EcoBoost 3.5L FX4 up past 10,000 feet...

Off-Roading Above 10,000 Feet In The 2015 Ford F-150 FX4)

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Four hours in, we pulled into Bishop, turned left and almost immediately went off-road. The trail to Coyote Flats starts in the sandy bottom of Owens Valley at about 4,000 feet, before climbing innumerous switchbacks all the way up. With the going pretty easy at first, we waited until we hit the rocks before airing down, which quickly smoothed out the ride, added grip and provided a little more puncture resistance too. That last merit was necessary; Ford has not spec’d good all-terrains for the FX4, so we really had to worry about the tires over the Sierra’s sharp rocks.

This 4x4 Supercab F-150 has relatively limited ground clearance, at least compared to smaller, dedicated off-road vehicles. Approach is 25.8 degrees, departure is 26.1, breakover is just 21.1 and the actual clearance is only 9.4 inches. Still, that was more than enough tackle this intermediate trail; we only got close to the approach angle on a single obstacle.


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So we know the Raptor is and was a real off road weapon, but that was before Ford made the all important switch to aluminium and turbocharging
We say "aluminum" here in the good ol' US of A partner
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LOL Neither term is superior to the other, and both are etymologically and logically justifiable

Wish they gave us a bit more hoonage. Ok I know he was with kids. I just mean things like was the TC too invasive, how about drive modes, features or assists??



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LOL Neither term is superior to the other, and both are etymologically and logically justifiable

Wish they gave us a bit more hoonage. Ok I know he was with kids. I just mean things like was the TC too invasive, how about drive modes, features or assists??
Agreed, I want to see some real Raptor action
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i wonder what increases to approach and departure angle they'll look at?



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