Top 12 Ford F-150 Raptors of SEMA 2019
The Dirty Dozen
Introduced in 2009, the Ford F-150 Raptor has been the halo vehicle of the Blue Oval for a decade now. Often imitated but never replicated, the Ford Raptor has been a staple vehicle of the SEMA Show since its debut. Stock Raptors, with their distinct look, wide fenders, big tires, and fancy Fox shocks are head-turners on their own. However, when done up for SEMA, in the most over-the-top fashions imaginable (because it is SEMA, after all), Raptors become ever the great prop to draw a crowd into a company's booth.
This year, however, it seemed that the Raptor has finally been relegated to second fiddle as Jeep Gladiators adorned with gaudy wheels, massive lift kits, and of course rooftop tents filled the halls in mass. That's not to say we didn't find any awesome Raptors as we managed to stumble on a dozen or so examples in our travels around the convention center.
Surprisingly, we found three first-generation Ford F-150 SVT Raptors hiding among the sea of new vehicles. These trucks, of the 2010 to 2014 vintage, are even more rare due to their low production numbers. Of the second-generation trucks, we found a few relatively factory selections (like the one on display in the Truck Hero booth), along with highly modified versions (like the General Tire 2019 Raptor on display in the lobby of the convention center's South Hall). Most surprisingly, only one truck was outfitted with a rooftop tent and was appropriately found in the Overland Pavilion.
Based on the spy photos we've seen come out of Dearborn, Ford is cooking up something big for the 2020 or 2021 version of the company's street-legal Baja racer. We suspect that when this third-generation model hits the streets, the truck will once again take over the SEMA show floor.