Say what you will about high-horsepower American sports cars but don’t even think about talking smack on Ford’s new GT500 or it will come and find you. The throwback pony car gets better for 2010 thanks to, among other things, fresh styling, a more evolved interior, considerably more power and a newfound level of handling prowess that puts most straight-line stereotypes to bed. Ford was good enough to loan us one for the weekend and, after more than 500 miles behind the Alcantara-lined steering wheel, all we can say is yeehaw.
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Cabbing it to LaGuardia at 5am is never fun, but I wasn’t too bothered because what waited for me in Borrego Springs was a series of high speed desert romps and physics defying hill climbs in Ford’s all new F-150 SVT Raptor. SVT, or Special Vehicle Team, is Ford’s in-house performance division responsible for breathed-on models like Mustang Cobra, Mustang GT500, SVT Focus, SVT Contour and the exotic GT supercar. Raptor is their latest and greatest effort and follows in the tire tracks of Ford’s original performance truck, the SVT Lighting. But where the supercharged, 380 HP Lightning did a wonderful job of going like stink in a straight line, the Raptor was imagined to be the first high speed off-road performance truck offered by an automotive OEM.
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