Panicky in the U.K.: A European Reviews the ‘Absurd’ Raptor

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It’s not just the girth that’s a problem across the pond.

It should be no secret that part, if not all, of the Raptor’s appeal is performance. It was made to handle any off-road terrain you can throw at it, accelerate like it was being launched off an aircraft carrier and accomplish all of these things right after rolling off the dealer’s lot.

What Steve Sutcliffe from Auto Express didn’t expect was how well this on-road performance translates into appeal. Setting up an impromptu race with an Audi RS3, Sutcliffe notes, “He’s not getting away! Well, it is a little bit, but not quite anywhere near as much as that Audi driver thinks it should.” Sutcliffe’s smile after this comment confirms that he knows the truck is amazing.

The Raptor, however, has a purpose, one which it does very well. But that purpose requires wide open spaces. America offers such opportunity. Deserts offer such opportunity. England? Not so much. For the writers at Auto Express, this brash American appeal exposes the problem with the Raptor on small European roads….well, all big vehicles for that matter.

 

‘As a toy to wheel out on special occasions, it is some vehicle. In the right circumstances, it is completely brilliant. And for most of the rest of the time, it is absolutely absurd.’

 

During a drive around a typical English village, the Raptor has to take to sidewalks in order to even navigate through traffic. Sutcliffe is right; “It’s just too big, too clumsy, and too ostentatious to fit in. And that’s before you even mention it’s horrendous thirst for unleaded.” That fill-up, by the way, is about $130 in USD. Clearly, it’s a vehicle not made for, nor intended for, the European market. Take the truck away from wide-open spaces and it just doesn’t work. That doesn’t make it un-lovable, however. “As a toy to wheel out on special occasions, it is some vehicle. In the right circumstances, it is completely brilliant. And for most of the rest of the time, it is absolutely absurd.” We couldn’t agree more.

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Patrick Morgan is an instructor at Chicago's Autobahn Country Club and contributes to a number of Auto sites for Internet Brands, including MB World and 6SpeedOnline.

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