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2020 Ford F-150 Raptor: A supercar among trucks

New suspension, seat and drivetrain updates add attitude and off-road prowess.

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Chris Paukert

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Ford's F-150 Raptor is renowned for its jumping ability, and for 2019, it's even more capable whether its wheels are on the ground or not.

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I attended Ford Performance Racing School's Raptor Assault program.

Tuition for the single-day program is included in the purchase price of a new Raptor, you just have to get to Utah.

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For 2019, the Raptor's visuals remain unchanged, and I'm 100 percent OK with that.

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New Trail Control driveline smarts function like low-speed cruise control, modulating power and braking at each corner, whether you're climbing, descending or on the level.

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Like other F-150 models, the Raptor's cabin has fallen behind some of its domestic competition, but it's still not a bad place to be.

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New Recaro seats are available with contrasting blue trim. They're a noticeable improvement over the Raptor's old chairs.

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The Raptor's gauge cluster is a wealth of information and options, but it's also sometimes a little fiddly.

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The Raptor remains one of the fastest point-to-point vehicles on the market when the going gets rough.

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For 2019, the Raptor's 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6 remains rated at 450 horsepower and 510 pound-feet of torque.

It's a great engine with wall-to-wall power, but it could use a more visceral soundtrack.

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My, what big eyes you have.

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New fender graphics are available for 2019.

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Ford wisely started tucking the Raptor's exhaust up close to the rear bumper to improve the truck's departure angle. (The first-gen Raptor often left tough trails with its exhaust pipe crimped by errant rocks.)

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Our instructors led the way in these decked-out Raptor Assault-wrapped and accessorized trucks.

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What brand truck is this? Go on, guess...

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Fox's Live Valve electronically controlled shocks are tied to a network of sensors that keep tabs on everything from the chassis to steering angle and throttle position.

They even know when you're in mid-air, and firm up accordingly.

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