How can one compare a Ford Raptor versus a modified Range Rover Sport? The concept of this classic TFLtruck mashup review is very simple. It’s a juxtaposition of theFord F-150 SVT Raptor brute force 4×4 system against the sophisticated and highly computerized 4×4 in the Ranger Rover Sport. Which is better at tackling the extreme Cliffhanger 2.0 off-road trail high in the Rocky Mountains? Let’s find out.
Cliffhanger 2.0 is a steep trail with many large lose rocks that goes straight up to above tree line in the mountains just west of Boulder, Colorado. There is a challenging rocky ledge half-way up the trail that we call the “razor bend”. You could also refer to it as the “can opener” if you would like.
Our long-term 2014 Ford Raptor Super Crew has a stock suspension and its original BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A tires with nearly 40,000 miles on them. The 2015 Range Rover Sport that Alex brought for the comparison has brand new BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A KO2 tires. In a way, this is also a tire comparison. We aired down both rigs to about 18 PSI for better traction.
The Ranger Rover has another truck up its sleeve. It has aftermarket air suspension “spacers” that fool the computer into giving the SUV an extra 1 – 1.5 inches of ground clearance in its highest suspension setting. These spacers are metal and their job is to tell the computer sensor the level of the air suspension extension.
Can both rigs make it all the way to the top? Will they scrape over the “razor bend”? Find out in this fun TFLtruck video.