The latest shots in the high-performance bakkie war were fired when Ford launched its new 2023 F-150 Raptor R in the US.
The vehicle is gunned along by a supercharged 5.2-litre V8 petrol engine with Ferrari-frightening outputs of 522kW and 867 Nm, the most powerful F-150 Ford has yet offered. It's transferred to tar and turf via a 10-speed automatic and all-wheel drive gearbox, and well-heeled Americans can park it in their driveway for the tidy sum of $109,145 (R1.87m).
Though the US-only F-150 won't make it to Mzansi (we get the smaller, less powerful Ranger Raptor), here's a video that shows what type of pickup performance is available to American customers. Watch and enjoy as the beefy bakkie slides and jumps through a desert course on its 37-inch tyres.