So, you like the way the Ford Raptor looks, but you don’t necessarily need — or simply cannot afford to purchase or to insure — a pickup truck that can fly across desert terrain at full speed.
If that’s the case, consider the 2013 VWerks F-150 Predator, which offers a Raptor-like appearance but not that truck’s extreme performance.
If VWerks sounds familiar, it’s likely because you’ve heard about its KTS version of the Ram pickup or the various Jeeps it has modified, including converting four-door Wranglers into pickups.
Or perhaps you’ve heard of VWerks’ parent company, Venchurs Vehicle Systems, which does compressed natural gas powertrain conversions for Ford pickup trucks.
VWerks’ latest conversion offering is the Predator, well, the Predator and the Sabre, but we’ll get to the Sabre in a moment.
While the Ford Raptor comes only with a four-wheel-drive powertrain that includes Ford’s 411-horsepower, 6.2-liter V-8, the Predator package can be applied to any F-150 SuperCrew short bed. The add-on package — Predators are sold as turnkey trucks through Ford dealerships — includes a fiberglass hood, vented front fenders with inner splash shields, new rear bedside panels, front grilles, a front bumper valance and a Venom bumper, LED lighting kit, 2-inch leveling kit, V-Tec Wizard 395 black wheels, 35-inch BFGoodrich Mud-Terrain KM2 tires and graphics.