Ford has launched a family-friendly SuperCrew version of its bonkers F150 Raptor pick-up.

Like its two-door sibling, the Ford F150 Raptor SuperCrew is powered by a 411bhp, 434lb/ft 3.5-litre EcoBoost turbo V6 engine. Ford hasn’t released any performance figures, but it’s safe to assume they are… profound.

No doubt plenty of people will lament the passing of the old 6.2-litre V8 and its thunderous exhaust note, but the EcoBoost motor is more powerful and not exactly short on vocal talent itself.

It’s more efficient too, thanks to a new 10-speed automatic gearbox. The fuel economy returns will still make the average diesel hatchback driver wince – or laugh – but considering the previous version rarely bettered low-teens, the bar is hardly set high.

The new four-wheel-drive system normally runs in ‘on-demand’ mode, but it can be locked into 4WD when the going gets tough. An optional front-axle Torsen differential makes it even more capable off-road.

Race-grade shock absorbers live at each corner, while there is a choice of six driving modes. We’re most interested by ‘Baja’ mode, which allows “high-speed desert running.” Because the Raptor is bought by people who actually do tear flat-out across desserts.

Unfortunately, the Raptor won’t be available in the UK, not without going through a specialist importer. We love it, but reckon you’d need a pretty overactive sense of humour to drive something so incongruous here.

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By Only Motors