The F-150 Raptor came in at Number 7 on the list, preceded by an Alfa Romeo, an Audi, a Fiat, and three Chevrolet models – including, annoyingly, the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2. The ZR2 is a sort of indirect competitor to the F-150 Raptor, boasting technologies that aid its off-road abilities including locking differentials, Multimatic Dynamic Suspensions Spool Valve (DSSV) dampers, a higher ride-height, and a wider track.
The all-new Ford F-150 Raptor, however, wasn’t built for rock-crawling nearly so much as it was made for high-speed desert racing. It forges ahead very much in the same spirit as the original SVT Raptor, but with more horsepower, 500 fewer pounds, and more impressive technology. And where the discontinued SVT model was essentially a regular F-150 massaged into a bona fide Baja racer, the new F-150 Raptor was engineered from the ground up to do what it does, even incorporating a unique frame.
“All ten [Hot List models] have that ‘it’ factor that makes them stand out from the crowd,” says Hagerty CEO McKeel Hagerty. “In some cases it’s power, in some cases it’s innovation or drivability, but all of them have the qualities that define a future classic.”